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Sir Tom Jones to make Proms debut at Stax Records celebration (2017)

Tom Jones

Story by Jack Foley

SIR Tom Jones is to make his Proms debut in a celebration of Stax Records that will take place on September 1, 2017.

The gig, which will see him perform alongside soul legends Booker T Jones and Sam Moore, will mark the 50th anniversary of the label’s hugely successful 1967 European tour.

Featuring acts like Sam & Dave and Otis Redding, the revue prompted a surge in popularity for American soul in the UK.

The Stax show will be towards the end of a Proms season that also features Simon Rattle, Jarvis Cocker and Nicola Benedetti.

Sir Tom said he was looking forward to his first appearance at the classical music festival, saying: “I’ve always sung soul and I’ve always sung Stax. I sang Otis Redding’s (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay on my television show in 1969 and I intend to sing it at this prom again!”

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will lead the star-studded Stax concert, which will also feature performances from Beverley Knight, James Morrison and Ruby Turner as well as Stax artists William Bell, Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd.

Stax Records began as a small regional record label in Memphis in 1957, having been established by bank clerk Jim Stewart and his sister Estelle Axton.

However, it developed a roster that was rich with talent, including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas and Rufus Thomas and the Bar-Kays.

In line with every Prom event, around 1,000 standing tickets will be made available on the day of the concert, priced at just £6.

For those who miss out, however, the Stax Prom will be broadcast at 10:15pm (BST) on Friday, September 1, on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four, and again on BBC Radio 2 on Friday, September 15 at 8pm (BST).