What's New Pussycat? (song)

"What's New Pussycat?"
Single by Tom Jones
from the album What's New Pussycat?
B-side The Rose
Released 5 June 1965 (US)
9 August 1965 (UK)
Genre Pop
Length 2:18
Label Decca
Writer(s) Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Producer(s) Peter Sullivan[1]
Tom Jones UK chronology
"With These Hands"
"What's New Pussycat" (1965) "Thunderball"

"What's New Pussycat?" is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the movie of the same name, sung by Tom Jones.[2] Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1966, it was Jones' third UK top 30 record, peaking at number 11.[3] In the US, "What's New Pussycat?" peaked at number 3, and was Tom Jones' second entry on the Top 40.[4]

The original single included a 13-second instrumental introduction, ending in the sound of shattering glass, but later issues omitted this introduction.[5]

It has also been performed by Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Anita Kerr,[6] The Wailers and The Four Seasons.[5] Barbra Streisand performed several lines in her "Color Me Barbra Medley" from the TV special and album Color Me Barbra.


  1. "Tom Jones - What's New Pussycat? (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  2. Matthew Greenwald. "What's New Pussycat? - Tom Jones | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  3. "TOM JONES | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  4. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 333.
  5. 1 2 Dominic, Serene (2003). Burt Bacharach, Song by Song: The Ultimate Burt Bacharach Reference for Fans, Serious Record Collectors, and Music Critics. Schirmer Trade Books.
  6. Anita Kerr. "Anita Kerr Singers - Reflect On The Hits Of Burt Bacharach & Hal David / Velvet Voices And Bold Brass". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
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