She's a Lady

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"She's a Lady"
She's a Lady - Tom Jones.jpg
Single by Tom Jones
from the album Tom Jones Sings She's a Lady
B-side"My Way"
ReleasedJanuary 1971[1]
Recorded1970
GenrePop
Length2:53
LabelDecca (UK), Parrot (US and Canada)
Songwriter(s)Paul Anka
Producer(s)Gordon Mills
Tom Jones UK singles chronology
"I (Who Have Nothing)"
(1970)
"She's a Lady"
(1971)
"Puppet Man"
(1971)

"She's a Lady" is a million-selling gold-certified hit song written by Paul Anka and was released on his album Paul Anka '70s (RCA 4309, 1970). The most successful recording was performed by Tom Jones, and released at the beginning of 1971. It is Jones' highest-charting single in the U.S. to date (and his final Billboard Top Ten hit).

Chart performance[edit]

"She's a Lady" hit #1 in Cash Box magazine for a week and spending one week at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, behind Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin.[2] The song was also a #4 hit on the US Billboard Easy Listening chart.[3] Billboard ranked it as the No. 25 song for 1971.[4] In Canada, the single reached #1 on the RPM 100 national singles chart.[5]

Paul Anka's recording of the song[edit]

The song was re-released in 2013 on Paul Anka's " Duets" CD with a new rendition featuring Paul Anka & Tom Jones. Anka rewrote the first verse of the song (recorded with Jones) for his 2013 Duets album, because he disliked its chauvinistic sentiments.[6]

B-side track[edit]

The single's B-side track was "My Way" whose lyrics were also written by Paul Anka.

Chart history[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered multiple times:

  • In 1971, by Jamaican singer James Lloyd; it appeared on his album Mister "Keep On Smiling".[19]
  • Between 1972 and 1974, by Singapore-based female singer Ervinna, backing music by the Charlie & His Boys, on her LP album Golden Hits Of 20th Century Vol. 6 with White Cloud Record of Singapore.
  • In 1978 by Filipino singer Sam Sorono (1950–2008) on his Sings Tom Jones' Greatest Hits LP album with EMI Records.[20]
  • In 1998, by Chinese Singer, Jacky Cheung.
  • In 2000 by Funkstar De Luxe in his Studio Album Keep on Moving (It's Too Funky in Here).
  • In 2001 by Hong Kong singer Sammi Cheng in her Cantonese Studio Album Shocking Pink.
  • In 2007 as a single by Dutch singer Jeroen van der Boom.
  • In 2009, by Ali Campbell (ex UB 40) and Shaggy, on the album Flying High.
  • In 2011, by the Hungarian metal band Superbutt in 2011, released on their album Music For Animals
  • In 2016, by the New York duo Lion Babe

Appearances in other media[edit]

Film:

Television:

Other:

  • This song is currently the introduction for Kate Voegele on her 'Lift Me Up' tour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Wales - Music - Tom Jones - Tom Jones discography". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  2. ^ "The Hot 100". Billboard.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 131.
  4. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1971
  5. ^ List of RPM number-one singles of 1971
  6. ^ "My Way: An Autobiography". Paul Anka.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1971-02-27. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – She's a Lady". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  10. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 5 April 1971
  11. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  12. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  13. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, March 27, 1971
  14. ^ Australian-charts.com
  15. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  16. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  17. ^ Billboard, December 25, 1971.
  18. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1971
  19. ^ https://www.discogs.com/James-Lloyd-Mister-Keep-On-Smiling/master/832091
  20. ^ Discogs - Sam Sorono – Sing Tom Jones' Greatest Hits

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