” Delilah ” is by Tom Jones ( Thomas John Woodward ), the Welsh singer. Born in Pontypridd, in Glamorgan, South Wales, his career has spanned six decades. Tom has sold over 100 Million records worldwide.
In the United Kingdom, he has thirty-six singles that have reached the Top Forty and nineteen that have charted in the United States. In 1999 Tom was awarded an OBE and later in 2006 knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music.
The lyrics for the song were written by Barry Mason with the music by Les Reed. Barry is a leading English songwriter of the 1960s. He has gained numerous Gold, and Platinum awards for the work he has done including five Ivor Novello Awards, the most recent was back in 1998.
The songwriter has many songwriting credits, some of the well-known hits include ” Love Grows ( Where My Rosemary Goes ) “, a UK Number One for Edison Lighthouse. He also wrote ” The Last Waltz ” which was a major hit for Engelbert Humperdinck and The Fortunes UK number four, ” Here It Comes Again “.
Les is an English songwriter, arranger, musician and light orchestra leader. It has been said that in the middle part of the 60s it was unusual for a British singles chart not to feature a Les Reed song. Les had other successful songwriter partnerships with Gordon Mills and Geoff Stephens; he also co-wrote songs with many others such as Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook, and Johnny Worth.
” Delilah ” was released in February 1968 by record label Decca ( Universal Music Group ) and features on Tom’s first UK Number One album of the same name. The album spent two weeks at the top of the UK Albums Chart in 1968.
The song is written about a crime of passion with Tom acting as the narrator. A man discovers that ” his woman ” has been cheating on him, so when her lover leaves, he knocks on the door and after being laughed at he stabs her to death.
” Delilah ” was a commercial success for Tom. In the United States, the single reached a peak of number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968 and spent fifteen weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 5th of March 1968 and reached a peak of number two. It spent eight weeks in the Top Ten and a total of seventeen weeks on the UK chart. It was the sixth best selling single of that year in the United Kingdom.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 15
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: German Singles Chart 1, Swiss Singles Chart 1, Irish Singles Chart 1, Norwegian Singles Chart 2, Austrian ( Top 40 ) 3, Canadian RPM Top Singles 5, Finnish Singles Charts 1
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