Welsh sex symbol Tom Jones, already a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic for groovy pop tunes including "It's Not Unusual" and "What's New Pussycat?" turned a darkly sentimental 1965 country hit for Porter Wagoner (about a prisoner facing execution) into a seven-week Number One in the U.K. the following year. Penned by Curly Putman (Bobby Braddock's co-writer on "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "D-I-V-O-R-C-E,") "Green, Green Grass of Home" joined other country tunes including "Ring of Fire," "Detroit City" and "Sixteen Tons" on a Jones LP at the time. In the U.S., his first (and only) Number One country hit, "Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow," would come a decade later. Jones took another country smash to Number One in his homeland in 2009, recording "Islands in the Stream" with Welsh actors Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones. — S.B.
Listen: "Green, Green Grass of Home"