Show Business: That Mills Magic

His name is Gordon Mills, but it might as well be Midas. In the mid-1960s he transformed a pigtailed Welsh rock belter, Tommy Scott, into the tuxedoed dandy whom the international pop world now knows as Tom Jones (the nom de chanson capitalized on the then-popular movie). Two years later Mills took a nondescript provincial singer, Gerry Dorsey, whimsically tagged him with the name of a 19th century German composer and made Engelbert Humperdinck almost as big a nightclub, TV and recording star as Jones. The musical empire that Mills has built largely...

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