Nostalgia: June 1970: Tom Jones a '˜manufactured creature' says world's first pop idol

Pop upstarts Englebert Humperdink and Tom Jones were branded 'fairly manufactured creatures' who 'did not deserve the furore that attends them', according to Rudy Valee, the American singer from the 1920s and 1930s, who later went on to become an actor and millionaire.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 17th June 2017, 9:49 am
The Royal Veriety Performance, Tom Jones
The Royal Veriety Performance, Tom Jones

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.”

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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.