When rock started getting socially conscious in the late 1960s, he countered with songs about working-class angst: "Detroit City," "Sixteen Tons," "I'm Coming Home." With gay symbolism:
Here’s to the damned, to the lost and forgotten
It’s hard to get high when you’re living on the bottom
We are all misfits living in a world on fire
But soon he was back to jazzy love songs: "She's a Lady," "Have You Ever Been Lonely," "Delilah."
Donny and Marie, The Tonight Show, and two programs of his own, Tom Jones! (1966-67) and This is Tom Jones (1969-71).
During the late 1970s, Tom's hits started dropping off the charts, but he continued to record and perform for his royal fans. In 1997 he reached a new audience by singing the sultry "You Can Leave Your Hat On" during the final strip-tease number in The Full Monty. The male voice accompanying the male performers gives the scene a decidedly homoerotic feel.
In 1984 he appeared on the real Fantasy Island, as legendary outlaw Dick Turpin.
And in 1991 he starred in The Ghosts of Oxford Street, a British tv movie about the music industry.