My dear friend Vulgar Greek went to see his show at the Apollo this Sunday night, and then came over to my house for a cocktail to share experience of his pure testesterone fueled performance. And he still is at his age- 60ish? 70ish? He drinks from the same fountain as Shirley Bassey & Eartha Kitt (the show must go on!), but he is pure male (and of note: Robbie Williams has made it clear that TJ is his idol, which makes sense b/c Robbie definitely has much of the same stage machinations).
As little child watching television in the late 60s, I would be fascinated by his show, and it was on after Soul Train, which I also watched dancing around the family room in front of the tv, mimicing the dancing patrons on the show. I have very distinct memories from his show of TJ singing dressed in his tight white bellbottom pants gyrating for the cameras, with gorg backup dancers in lashes, falls, and hot pants! And let me say that even then at that tender age, I had an instinctual attraction to that big basket that was definitely a prize poured into those tight pants. My goodness, I need to take a breath here after thinking about that.
His single & video released this summer- Black Betty- shows he's still got it.