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Tom Jones was joined by Supremes Jean Terrell, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong on his TV show 'This is Tom Jones' in 1970 where the foursome gave a stunning performance of Ike and Tina Turner's 'River Deep Mountain High'.
Tom Jones and The Supremes performing in 1970 are a force to be reckoned with.
The incredible foursome appeared on stage together when The Supremes were invited to perform on Tom Jones's TV show This Is Tom Jones in 1970, and the group blew the audience away.
Jean Terrell, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong were singing Ike and Tina Turner's 1966 hit 'River Deep Mountain High' when Tom Jones joined them on stage for the striking performance.
The Supremes gave viewers a special mini-concert on the night, which also saw them perform hits including 'Brothers Love Traveling Salvation Show', 'Loves Country', 'Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music', and 'Steeling In The Name Of Good Lord'.
The Welsh singer's TV show This Is Tom Jones ran from 1969-1972 for a total of 67 episodes on ABC-TV.
Sir Tom was a huge star in the US and as a result was able to attract the very best musical talent from across the world to his TV show, which he filmed in both the US and the UK.
Acts that performed over the show's four year run included the Bee Gees, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Little Richard, Janis Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Cocker, Cher and comedians including Richard Prior and Peter Sellers to name just a few.
The show also earned Tom Jones his 'sex magnet' nickname, often showing off his energetic dance moves and even kissing female members of the audience, despite being married to the same woman all of his life.
Tom had numerous high profile affairs – including liaisons with Mary Wilson of The Supremes – with the singer explaining in his autobiography that he and his wife came to an arrangement in the late '60s when Linda stopped coming on tour with him: "She simply didn't ask," he said.
Tom Jones was married to wife Linda for 59-years until her death in 2016, and although Tom had numerous infidelities - he once said at the height of his fame he was sleeping with up to 250 women a year - they remained together all their lives.
The Supremes & Tom Jones - River Deep Mountain High [This Is Tom Jones! - 1970]
Sir Tom recently opened up to Graham Norton about those early days of his career, the celebrities he performed with and how he met – and became great friends with – Elvis Presley.
Sir Tom recalled being astounded when he was told that The King himself wanted to meet with him.
The year was 1965 and up-and-coming singer Tom Jones had just released his third single, 'With These Hands' when he travelled to Los Angeles for the first time.
“It was wonderful, I was staying in a hotel on Sunset Strip and I had to go to Paramount Studios for work," he said on The Graham Norton Show in February.
"They said to me: 'Elvis Presley is going to be there tomorrow and he wants to meet you'.
“I though ‘Elvis Presley wants to meet me?’ it was unbelievable!" the singer recalls, “So I went there and they said, 'Elvis is filming and once they’ve stopped the filming, you go in'.
Stevie Wonder performs with Tom Jones in 1969
“When they said cut, Elvis looked across and went [Tom Jones gestures a hello] and I was looking around at the fellas with me.
“They said: ‘Elvis is waving at you, wave back!’ he laughed.
“...I had a record out at the time, my third single called ‘With These Hands' and Elvis is suddenly walking towards me and he’s singing ‘With these hands, I will cling to you…’
“And I thought ‘My God! If the boys back home could see me now!”
Tom Jones, now 80-years-old coach on The Voice UK released his 41st studio album in February entitled Surrounded By Time, his fourth album in ten years.
Tom Jones leaves viewers in tears after singing Elvis Presley's favourite 'With These Hands'