Watch: David Gilmour & Tom Jones Perform Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ – Amazin Solo From Gilmour


Sometimes when you find yourself searching for one thing on the Web, one thing else completely different randomly pops up to pique your interest.

Such was the case with this stunning clip. Yes, it is not completely unnatural to seek out Welsh pop singing sensation Tom Jones linked with the brilliant and enigmatic rocking R&B artist Prince. Tom did a wonderful version of Prince’s “Kiss” with the synthpop band Art of Noise in 1988 that was both something of a comeback hit for the ’60s pop sensation and signaled to the hip cognoscente who may consider the singer square that the person has natural cool.

And he has among the finest popular singing pipes on the planet, which is why we’re also big Jones followers. So when the Google search results yielded “Tom Jones” and “Purple Rain,” we naturally thought, “Oh yeah, bet that’s a hot version.” And then there was the wild card: “David Gilmour.”

As one may expect, the Pink Floyd legendary guitarist Gilmour delivers a mind-blowing solo in the Oscar-winning title track to the 1984 Prince film. And that only ices the hearty cake of how Jones delivers the track with authority and passion and… yep… sheer magnificence. Our Classic Video…

Fact: The clip comes from a 1992 six-part BBC series hosted by Jones titled The Right Time that also aired in the U.S. on VH1. It explored various musical types as Jones collaborated with artists like Cyndi Lauper, Daryl Hall, Joe Cocker and Stevie Wonder in what The New York Times known as a “whirlwind briefing on the history of pop music.”

This track was actually within the gospel music episode of the show. And hell yeah you’ll be able to hear the heavenly spirit indeed in this once-in-a-lifetime performance.

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