1 DECEMBER 1966
Tom Jones finished what had been quite an ordinary year for him in a massive way with 'Green, Green Grass of Home', a single that hit the top of the UK charts in December 1966 and spent a whole seven weeks there. It reached #11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. This was Jones' first #1 since his 1965 debut 'It's Not Unusual', some eleven or twelve singles earlier, and heralded the beginning of the most commercially-successful period of his career.
The country song about a man and his last night on Death Row had been already recorded in 1965 by Johnny Darrell, Porter Wagoner, Bobby Bare, and Jerry Lee Lewis (the version that Tom Jones learned it from).
B-side: 'Promise Her Anything'
Released: November 1966
Highest chart position: #1 (UK), #11 (US)
Label: Decca Records F22511
Writer: Curly Putman
Producer: Peter Sullivan