1965Released
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This swinging song is a classic case of lyrical dissonance, as Jones sings about the devastating pain of seeing what used to be his girl out with another guy. "I wanna die," he proclaims, in contrast to the jaunty tune.

Drenched in horns, "It's Not Unusual" was the first hit for Tom Jones, leading to a horn sound on many of his subsequent songs, including "Thunderball" and "What's New Pussycat?"

This was written by the classical music arranger and conductor Les Reed along with Tom Jones' manager Gordon Mills. They wrote it for the British singer Sandie Shaw, but she turned it down. Tom Jones saw the song's potential, recorded it, and it became his first hit single. Jones recalled to The Mail On Sunday February 6, 2011: "I did the demo on this song when it was being offered to Sandie Shaw. I was just starting out and, God bless her, she said: 'Whoever's singing this, it's his song.' Finding great new songs is never easy, and back in those days, finding one that would fit me – the way I felt and sang anyway – was difficult. I'm indebted to Sandie for being so generous."

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Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of It's Not Unusual.
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93BPM

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