In an interview with a magazine, he said: “The Humperdink voice is pretty good but there is a case of a crazy name, good looks and sex appeal. The same with Tom Jones. I think most of Jones’s popularity is exaggerated and manufactured.”
Valee (1901-1986) was himself a ‘pop idol’. He was the first of a new wave of ‘crooners’, bolstered by his suave manner and good looks. He is regarded as the 20th Century’s first mass media pop star.