Buffalo in the 70s: At Melody Fair, Tom Jones says liberated women ‘are not pretty’

By Steve Cichon

While saying accepting kisses and listening to the screams of female fans are a part of the job, flashy singer Tom Jones told reporters in a Niagara County news conference 40 years ago today– July 1, 1975– that he “doesn’t understand” women’s liberation, doesn’t know what “they want to be liberated from” and that “you’ll notice a lot of these women who talk about liberation are not pretty.”

One has to wonder if there were fewer kisses and screams at that evening’s concert?

The entertainment had more of a Buffalo feel at The After Dark nightclub on Transit Road in Lockport where Talas and The Road were featured in the coming week.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.