Like the late actor Richard Burton, the singers Tom Jones and Bonnie Tyler both had dads who were coalminers in South Wales – Burton’s worked in Pontrhydyfen, theirs in Pontypridd and Port Talbot. Shirley Bassey, meanwhile, worked as a steelworker in Cardiff.
Tom Jones’s song “Delilah” (1968) is banned nowadays in many students’ unions in Britain. It’s powerful stuff, right from its masterfully written first line that carries a triple meaning. (Think about it!)