Tom Jones & CSN & Y
The Janis Joplin duet was superb. Tom doesn't gel with CSNY though - they are in a different league and he can't keep up; he is a showman, not a rock singer. His TV shows were still excellent though.
Talking in the present tense because this is still it. Musicians who make these modern festival bands look quite pathetic, a long long line of them.
CSNY, I think Tom put them under a bit of pressure really
With the greatest of respect for your musical tastes Milo, you have this the wrong way round.
As for Joe Cocker, I still have 4 or 5 LPs from the 70s. And a big zero records of Tom Jones. Both have their place, but in a blind sing off for interpretation and feeling, aka music, Cocker would **** all over Jones IMHO. For entertainment and bravado - the absolute reverse.
The same applies with Janis Joplin. Ever been moved to tears by a Tom Jones performance? I have by Janis, the first time I saw Ball and Chain at Monterey. That is a great artist.
And the man himself - Wilson Pickett. Here he simply overpowers Tom, and shows what a real soul singer does, or maybe Jones decided to give it up.