The Green Green Grass of Home – Tom Jones

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………..on January 14th 1967 Tom Jones begins his 7th and final week in the #1 position on the UK Pop Charts with his cover of the song “The Green Green Grass of Home”. This country song about a condemned prisoner who longs to escape to the green, green grass of home was inspired by a crime scene in the film The Asphalt Jungle. Nashville songwriter Curly Putnam wrote it in 1964 and it was initially recorded by country singer Johnny Darrell. Tom Jones decided to record this after hearing a version by Jerry Lee Lewis, a legendary Rocker who had started making Country records. A year after Johnny Darrell’s original version, Lewis recorded this on his album Country Songs For City Folks. This was Tom Jones’ biggest hit in the UK, selling 1,205,000 copies. It was the first Decca single by a UK artist to sell more than a million copies in the UK. The song peaked at #11 in the US.