Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tom Jones - Treat Her Like A Lady...bug

And now I'm in the mood of some hip-swiveling Tom Jones' music.

By the way, do you know the story behind how the song, "She's A Lady" was written?  Paul Anka was the lyricist, who knew?  Anyway, one day his 3-year-old daughter had a lemonade stand.  As time went by, more and more colorful little bugs showed up as customers.  Here's how the conversation went:

Daughter:  "Pretty!  "What they called?"

Paul Anka: "They're called ladybugs."

And in standard 3-year-old rebuttal, his daughter asked:  "Why?"

Anka smiled at his precious pumpkin and told her:  "See their pretty colors and all those little dots?  Well, they're all dressed up like that because they always wear their best clothes out in the world.  They're little ladies, you see.  Ladybugs!"

Well, his daughter was so happy with that story and her face lit up so joyously, Paul decided to write a song about them in her honor.  He called in his friend, Tom Jones, the hottest hip swiveler this side of Elvis at the time.

Tom tried out the lyrics in his powerful belting voice and stopped once he got through one chorus.

"Anka," he groaned.  I can't sing, 'Treat her like a ladybug and the ladybug is mine."  Are you off your f-ing rocker?!  Do you know what a song like this will do to my sex god image?  Forget it."

Alarmed that he was about to lose a potential smash hit, Anka changed the lyrics to something more seductive and to Tom's liking.  And THAT is how this classic song came to be!!

Paul Anka really did write the lyrics.  The rest is just a little something I, uh, came up with. (-;  BUT, it is a good story!  ha!

"Whoa, whoa, whoa, she's a lady...er, LADYBUG, and the ladybug is mine...yeah, yeah, yeah."
(Those lyrics aren't going to work!)

Classic Tom:  "She's a Lady"*

And NOW, this little find.  Fairly blurry, but still, he had the MOVES back in the day.  No wonder all those "ladies" were throwing their panties at him!

Tom Jones Dances Like Hell and sings "Treat Her Right" (1968)

*Finalmente, far superior audio of "She's A Lady" here, but you miss Tom grooving around with those zombie teenage chics.


  1. You never cease to amaze me, LOL! ;) Love you!

  2. Ha! ha! Thanks, Sheri! I'm so glad someone appreciates my twisted sense of humor! ha! Love ya' back! (-: