Before the year is out, let me add my own salute to the evergreen Sir Tom Jones, who turned 70 in summer.
Lesser known among his musical repertoire is a rendering of the Sophie Tucker classic, My Yiddishe Momme, which has earned more than 300,000 Youtube hits (according to David Mishon, who drew my attention to it).
Not quite up there among his greatest hits Sex Bomb and Delilah, I grant you, but it would have gone down a storm in The Catskills.
Sir Tom says that he learned the song from his father but is it possible he could have picked it up from another source?
When he was a boy, he used to be a Shabbes goy for the long-gone Pontypridd Synagogue.