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Tom Jones – Newmarket Nights

It’s not unusual to be loved by anyone… though it certainly was unusual to be back at Newmarket Nights! But what a way to come back, with an absolute legend who created such a fantastic night for all audience members on the 23rd July 2021.

Sir Tom Jones… the man doesn’t need any introduction, does he? He certainly didn’t when he came out onto the stage with a massive grin, explaining that he was meant to be there when he was 79 and now he is finally appearing on the Newmarket Night Stage at the age of 81! Though age is just a number, as Sir Tom well and truly showed.  

Photo by Mark Ellis Photography

Racegoers, who had been avidly waiting as close to the stage as they could get, were not disappointed by Sir Tom who sang all of his well-known classics, with some help from a jolly crowd,  along with some covers, which appear on his new album Surrounded By Time. 

He got the crowd singing with Mama Told Me Not To Come, along with other classics like Green Green Grass of Home, originally released in 1966, Sex Bomb, It’s Not Unusual and You Can Leave Your Hat On.

Several of his classics had different twists with What’s New Pussycat having a change of tempo and Sir Tom singing with an accordion player, which also featured on Delilah creating a Latin feel.

Photo by Mark Ellis Photography 2021

His covers included hits like I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, originally sung by Lonie Donegan in 1962, which, as you hardcore fans of Sir Tom will know, Sir Tom sang with Lonie’s son Peter when he appeared on the ITV show The Voice. One More Cup of Coffee by Bob Dylan and Popstar by Cat Stevens were also fantastically covered by the legend himself.

This was the first in the series of Newmarket Nights, other artists performing include Olly Murs (30th July), Jess Glynne (6th August) & Rick Astley (13th August). McFly will also be on the 28th August for the Summer Saturday event.

So dust off your glad rags and enjoy the racing, hospitality and some great music.

Photo by Mark Ellis Photography 2021

Sue Stone
Sue Stone is an executive partner in Musical Marketing publishers of Grapevine Magazine and

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