An informed comment by TheCanadaSam on this great clip (embedding is disabled: I’ll embed it later if I remember) of him singing “Delta Lady” on the TV show This is Tom Jones some time in the late 60s, early 70s:
He’s playing left-handed “air bass guitar” – note his right hand is fretting the notes and his left hand fingers are down – plucking the strings as a bass player does. You can check it out in “Woodstock” as well.He’s right. Cocker is playing the bass part, left-handed. It all makes sense now.
Well, more sense than before.
Children, in those days prime-time television was like this. Famous people performed live with other famous people – other clips from the show on YouTube (and the DVD) show Jones duetting with Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and more.
On the other hand, we didn’t have reality TV, celebrity castaways or f***ing celebrity f***ing chefs, so it wasn’t all roses.
Monitor: Chris Bourke