Crooner Tom Jones missed out on recording some of the greatest soul songs
ever when he decided against joining the Motown record label.
Legendary songwriting team HOLLAND, DOZIER, HOLLAND were thrilled when
they heard the Welsh crooner was in negotiations to become the label's first
white act, they wrote hits like MY GIRL and REACH OUT I'LL BE THERE especially
But when Jones turned down the chance of joining Motown acts like SMOKEY
ROBINSON, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes, the songs went to the FOUR TOPS.
Jones says, "We were about to do (the deal), and then I recorded GREEN,
GREEN GRASS OF HOME. That was a giant hit, and so I ended up staying with
"Later I found out that all those great songs were written for me.
Holland, Dozier, Holland thought I was coming to the label, and when I didn't
arrive, they gave those songs to LEVI STUBBS instead."