It is a well known fact that the party did not begin until Janis Joplin walked into the room — but once you blend Janis’ raw, earthy energy and zest for life with the extreme sex appeal of Welsh superstar Tom Jones, the end result was the most epic dance party you have ever seen on live tv! On December 4, 1969 Janis halted by This Is Tom Jones where after dazzling her audience with an emotionally charged, mutually vulnerable performance of “Little Girl Blue” she returned to the stage with a vengeance and took both her audience and Tom Jones on the ride of a life with “Raise Your Hand”.
“Raise Your Hand” was written by Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, and Alvertis Isbell (Al Bell).
Always a phenomenal performer in his own right, Tom held his own and kept up beautifully as he was trapped in the storm which was Janis Joplin’s stage presence, trading verbal licks and sending her into fits of pleasure when he let go and surrendered to her overpowering energy. This was not just your regular, run of the mill variety show but then again, nothing was normal following Janis was through with it; a dance party of epic proportions, it was impossible for their viewers to sit still and before long, the personal dance party between Janis and Tom turned into a mass of bodies turning and twisting and living in the moment. If you are sitting still at the end of “Raise Your Hand,” do yourself a favor and watch it again; songs like this was created for dancing and living, so get going!