Tom Jones got his big break into the business when he went to the Copacabana club in New York, and sang My Yiddishe Momme. After the song a waiter brought him a note, inviting him to a hotel to hear a new song that would suit Tom’s voice perfectly. It was signed by Burt Bacharach.
It turned out Burt had a horrible singing voice, and after hearing him sing What’s New Pussycat? on a cassette, Tom hated the song, as Burt sang it so horribly, but he sang it with panache, and when he hit that big ‘woah-woah’ line, a star was born.
"That’s it,’ Burt shouted. ‘That’s the way I always imagined the song would sound.’
Four weeks later he recorded it with the cream of session men: Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones — who would soon form Led Zeppelin — and a youngster called Elton John, who was very nervous. After all, he was playing piano for Bacharach, who at that time was the world’s most successful pianist and composer.