About the song

Ah, It’s Not Unusual, a song synonymous with the powerful voice and captivating stage presence of the legendary Tom Jones. Released in 1965, it wasn’t just a hit single, it became a launching pad for Jones’ phenomenal career and a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences today.

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But the story behind It’s Not Unusual is as intriguing as the song itself. Originally penned by songwriting duo Les Reed and Gordon Mills, the track was initially intended for a different artist – the rising British pop star Sandie Shaw. Reed, a seasoned arranger and Mills, a shrewd manager, saw great potential in Shaw and believed the song would be a perfect fit for her youthful and energetic persona.

However, fate had other plans. When Jones, then a relatively unknown singer, recorded a demo of It’s Not Unusual, Shaw was reportedly so impressed by his raw talent and impassioned delivery that she encouraged him to take the song for himself. This twist of destiny proved to be a masterstroke. Jones’ powerful vocals, brimming with a vulnerability and emotional intensity that belied his young age, breathed new life into the song. His signature baritone, capable of soaring highs and soulful lows, perfectly captured the song’s complex tapestry of emotions – longing, defiance, and a touch of desperation.

It’s Not Unusual is a song about heartbreak and unrequited love, a theme that transcends generations. The lyrics, though seemingly straightforward, paint a poignant picture of a man grappling with rejection. Lines like “It’s not unusual to be loved by anyone” and “But when I fall in love it never seems to work out” resonate with a universal sense of vulnerability. Yet, there’s an undercurrent of defiance in the chorus, a refusal to be defeated by love’s fickle nature. The repeated refrain, “It’s not unusual, no, no, no, it’s not unusual” becomes a powerful mantra, a declaration of resilience in the face of emotional turmoil.

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The musical arrangement of It’s Not Unusual is deceptively simple. A driving beat, anchored by a classic pop melody, provides the foundation for Jones’ vocals to take center stage. However, there’s a subtle sophistication beneath the surface. The string section adds a touch of drama, while the well-placed piano flourishes and brass accents lend a touch of elegance. This careful balance between accessibility and depth is a hallmark of the song’s enduring appeal.

It’s Not Unusual‘s impact goes beyond the charts. The song became Tom Jones’ signature tune, a cornerstone of his live performances. His electrifying stage presence, complete with his smoldering gaze and powerful voice, perfectly complemented the song’s emotional intensity. It’s Not Unusual even transcended the world of music, becoming the theme song for Jones’ late 1960s television show, further solidifying its status as a pop culture phenomenon.

It’s Not Unusual is more than just a pop song from the mid-60s. It’s a testament to the power of a great voice, a relatable story, and a timeless melody. It’s a song that continues to capture hearts and inspire artists across generations. So, the next time you hear It’s Not Unusual, take a moment to appreciate the song’s rich history, the brilliance of its composition, and the undeniable talent of the man who made it his own – the one and only Tom Jones.

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Lyrics

“It’s Not Unusual”

It’s not unusual to be loved by anyone
It’s not unusual to have fun with anyone
But when I see you hanging about with anyone
It’s not unusual to see me cry,
I wanna die

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It’s not unusual to go out at any time
But when I see you out and about it’s such a crime
If you should ever wanna be loved by anyone,
It’s not unusual it happens every day
No matter what you say
You’ll find it happens all the time
Love will never do what you want it to
Why can’t this crazy love be mine?

It’s not unusual to be mad with anyone
It’s not unusual to be sad with anyone
But if I ever find
That you’ve changed at anytime
It’s not unusual to find that I’m in love with you