Tom Jones’ 1965 Classic Gets a Marine Makeover

The fabulous Royal Marines band pulls off the classic Tom Jones song ‘It’s Not Unusual.’ Two singers share the spotlight, surrounded by instruments ranging from French horn to trumpet.

The stage is lit with red lights as pillars, and the audience is seated in the dark surrounding the performers on all sides. The crowd claps along as white lights flash on stage, illuminating the Royal Marines band dressed in blue and red uniforms.

There is a conductor, and a solo man, George Gissing, sings the first line in front of the orchestra with a big smile. The following line goes to a solo female named Sam McIndoe.

Sam and George sing a duet while strolling around the stage in a fun, upbeat manner. They sing the chorus together wonderfully with the lyrics, “It’s not unusual to be loved by anyone. It’s not unusual to have fun with anyone. But when I see you hanging about with anyone. It’s not unusual to see me cry. I want to die.”

Then, an instrumental break includes dancers in suits and dresses, and they spin and twirl elegantly. There is a superb electric guitar solo in this interlude as well.

In the end, there is a significant pause after a quick horn blow. Then, a drumroll leads into the whole orchestra blasting a final note as the singers hold out their notes with lights shining on the stage. The crowd loved the powerful performance.

The Royal Marines Band is the musical wing of the Royal Navy, representing the evolution of British military bands. This performance of pop-style music is presented with military decorum, but it still rocks!

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Tom Jones\' 1965 Classic Gets a Marine Makeover