Gig preview: Jack Jones, Usher hall, Edinburgh

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FRANK Sinatra described him as “one of the major singers of our time,” and Mel Torme regarded him as “the greatest ‘pure’ singer in the world.” He even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Tonight, however, Jack Jones will bid a tuneful goodbye to the Capital when his farewell tour, Through The Years, stops off at the Usher Hall.

The double Grammy Award-winning easy-listening legend, who boasts 50 albums to his name, has consistently sold out world tours.

Luckily, though, there are still tickets available for tonight’s concert at which the 75-year-old will treat his fans to a journey down memory lane.

That will involve revisiting his back catalogue and dusting off old favourites such as Wives And Lovers, Love Boat, Impossible Dream and The Race Is On, to name but a few.

Not that Jones intends to disappear completely.

“I’m not retiring. My promoter thought it was time to do a ‘Farewell’ tour, but it’s not contrived. It probably is my farewell UK tour but none of us likes to put a cap on things,” he revealed recently.

Jones’ journey began in 1938. Born John Allan Jones in Los Angeles, the only son of Allan Jones and Irene Hervey, both actors. Indeed it was his father, a singer himself, who gave the young Jones his first professional break at a casino in Las Vegas.

A short time later in 1959, Jones released his first album with Capitol Records, it included the track This Could Be The Start Of Something Big, A title that proved prophetic.

For many of a certain generation, however, Jones will forever be linked with the seventies TV series The Love Boat, for which he provided the famous opening theme from 1977 through to 1985 - he also made a number of guest appearances on the show, including one with his father.

Jack Jones: Through The Years, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, tonight, 7.30pm, £30.25-£32.45, 0131-228 1155