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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 06:10 PM
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Why did women throw their panties onstage when Tom Jones was singing?
I understand the concept, but why is Tom Jones the only singer who is known for this? Not even Elvis or Sinatra or Rod Stewart or any other of the countless male singers/sex symbols were known for this.

What was it about Tom Jones that drove the ladies mad?
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dropkickpa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 06:15 PM
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1. His infamously huge
ego?
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 06:16 PM
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2. I saw a woman throw a bra onstage at Sarah McLachlan
She was flattered.
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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 06:24 PM
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3. I guess they thought he was sexy!
Artist Bio
"Tom Jones" (born June 7, 1940) is a Welsh pop music|pop singer with a large and powerful voice. He was born "Thomas Jones Woodward" in Pontypridd, Wales. He married and had a child at the age of sixteen, long before becoming a pop idol. Despite frequent and much publicized infidelities, including an affair with the dethroned Miss World of 1973, USA's Marjorie Wallace, he has remained married and a family man. He lives in the USA, but makes regular visits to his native land of Wales.

Musical career

He rose to fame in the mid-1960s, with an exuberant live act which included wearing tight breeches and billowing shirts, in an Edwardian style popular amongst his peers at the time. Jones was awarded the Best New Artist Grammy in 1965.(More Info)

Following several hits in the UK, he became a Las Vegas, Nevada|Las Vegas lounge singer and his image quickly changed. He was known for his overt sexuality in the 1960s, before this was as common as it became in subsequent years. Ladies would swoon and scream, and in 1968, starting at New York's Copacabana night club, some would throw their panties on stage. Soon after, in Las Vegas, they started throwing hotel room keys.

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ForrestGump Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 06:33 PM
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4. Happened to Elvis a lot, too


...and room numbers, room keys, and so on, with legions of stuffed animals, flowers, pictures, nunchaku, joke glasses, and just about anything else people assocated with Elvis.

Good question, though.

I've never been tempted to throw my underwear at a singer before (of course, I've never been to a Michael Bolton performance), which is probably something the singers can be grateful for.

I'm going to Tom Jones' show in December, so I'll let you know then if I'm overwhelmed with the thong-tossing urge...

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Dangerously Amused Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 06:34 PM
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5. They were after his money.



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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 09:58 AM
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14. Yes, that was my thought too
Edited on Thu Aug-17-06 10:04 AM by RagingInMiami
If Tom Jones were just a construction worker singing at women as they strolled by, I doubt they would be doing that. And even then, they would probably still expect him to do the dishes.
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Cobalt-60 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 06:29 AM
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6. He made them happy
His music made them happy.
And for a wee Welshman, he was reasonably handsome!
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bmbmd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:15 AM
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7. It's not unusual....
nt
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greguganus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 10:56 AM
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17. Lol..got it n/t
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Iniquitous Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:21 AM
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8. To exude themselves as sexual beings in a way that felt safe.
Edited on Thu Aug-17-06 07:22 AM by Iniquitous Bunny
It's a way to be sexual somehow without risking any true emotional or physical intimacy with another human being. Personally, it's not my style though. I'd be more likely to throw my undies at my actual partner. :shrug:
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kay1864 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 08:17 AM
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9. Can you imagine after the show?
Those poor drunk and/or randy women, back at their hotel... "Oh crap, where's my key, I'll have to go down to the front desk..." "Ma'am, we've already given you a room key, why do you need another?" "Well, I wazh at the Tom Jonesh concert..."
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 08:23 AM
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10. Tom Jones staying at the hotel I worked at as a bellman ...
in the late 80's (Lowell, MA). I was in the elevator with a couple of his people and I asked what did they do with the underwear. He said they just throw them away.

The hotel staff and I also spent the evening trying to catch this female fan who kept sneaking into the hotel and trying to find Tom. Interesting eveing.
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GalleryGod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 09:37 AM
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11. Context: It was 1968.
It was the times, my friend, the times. And I wouldn't trade it for all the youth in the world right now-I'll take "Wisdom for a thousand, Alex"
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Tyrone Slothrop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 09:42 AM
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12. I threw panties at Wayne Newton when he played at our college.
Granted, I'm a man, but hey! When else was I going to get a chance to throw women's underwear at Wayne Newton?!
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 09:46 AM
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13. during lulls in his career,
he moonlighted as a launderer

he was world-renowned as the greatest launderer of women's underwear who ever lived, so the ladies wanted to be sure not to miss out
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 10:16 AM
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15. My cockatiel seems to like Tom Jones.....
she chirps and gets excited when I play "She's a Lady" (I downloaded it when I heard it on the radio, for the bird, of course)
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 10:37 AM
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16. how odd
I had a cockatiel for a time who would react to "That's Amore." I actually tried to teach her how to whistle it. No luck in that, but she would go nuts at those first twelve notes.
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greguganus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 11:00 AM
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19. My male cockatiel whistles the Andy Griffin tune and I Dream of Genie
Edited on Thu Aug-17-06 11:01 AM by greguganus
My female cockatiel doesn't whistle or make much noise. Funny, this seems to be the opposite of humans. ;-)
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 11:25 AM
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22. Cockatiels must be sexy little birds......
:evilgrin:

hehehe.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 10:58 AM
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18. He supposedly had a huge johnson.
What? Was I not supposed to say it?
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greguganus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 11:01 AM
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20. or a huge Jones n/t
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 11:15 AM
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21. He did Laundry as a hobby?
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 12:26 PM
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23. To shut him up?
:shrug:
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chaska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 12:52 PM
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24. Okay, so it's hard not to laugh at this picture...
But, used to be that a lot of women were into manly men. I like Tom Jones. Seems like a real solid guy, not a phony.

I wouldn't consider myself a fan, but he does have a great manly bellow.

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NoSheep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 12:53 PM
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25. Why is he so red?
:wtf:
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southpaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 12:55 PM
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26. Ok... the tan is a little extreme...
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