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Sir Tom Jones OBE (born Thomas Jones Woodward, 7.6.1940)
Tom Jones is a Welsh singer, who rose to fame in the 1960s. He has sold over 100 million records across the globe and is considered one of the world's most iconic singers.
Tom Jones: Musical Career
In the early 1960s, Tom Jones became known for his flamboyant dress sense and overt sexuality and in 1963, he was chosen as the front-man for a Welsh band named Tommy Scott and The Senators. Although the band gained notoriety in Wales, they were unknown outside of the region.
The band worked with the legendary producer Joe Meek in 1964. They planned to release 'Lonely Joe' and 'I Was A Fool' as a single but the eccentric Joe Meek refused to release the tapes, forcing the band to return to Wales, playing in working men's clubs.
Tom Jones was eventually spotted by Gordon Mills, a music manager based in London, but originally from South Wales. It was Mills that chose the moniker Tom Jones; a reference to Henry Fielding's The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. It was also Mills who had renamed Arnold George Dorsey as Engelbert Humperdinck. The Senators were renamed the Playboys and then The Squires.
Tom Jones' early style was heavily indebted to Elvis Presley and many UK record companies found him too abrasive and raucous. The song 'It's Not Unusual', composed by Gordon Mills and Les Reed became an immediate hit in 1965. Initially, the BBC refused to play the track but it was picked up by pirate radio station Radio Caroline. Eventually, the track reached number one in the UK and entered the top 10 in the US. Later that year, Tom Jones sang the theme tune to Thunderball, the James Bond film. He received that year's Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Tom Jones' most successful single, 'The Green Green Grass Of Home' was released in 1966, inspired by Jerry Lee Lewis' version. He began releasing songs with a broader public appeal, such as 'What's New Pussycat?' and 'Delilah'.
In the late 1960's Tom Jones took on a number of high profile residencies in Las Vegas clubs, such as the Flamingo and Caesar's Palace. It was here that he became famed for having knickers thrown at him by his female fans. The knickers were shortly followed by hotel room keys. It was in Las Vegas that Tom Jones established a friendship with the late Elvis Presley.
Between 1969 and 1971, Tom Jones had his own hit TV show, This Is Tom Jones, shown both in the UK and the US. At the start of the 1980s, he had another show named The Tom Jones Show.
In 1970, Tom Jones was paired up with Raquel Welch for a TV special entitled Raquel! The programme was viewed by millions across the globe and featured guest performances from John Wayne and Bob Hope.
In the 1970s, Tom Jones had a number of successful single releases, such as 'She's A Lady', 'Daughter of Darkness' and 'The New Mexican Puppeteer'.
The 1980s were a barren time for Tom Jones. His manager, Gordon Mills died in 1986 and Tom's son, Mark, became his manager. Though his notoriety was waning, he re-entered the UK charts with 'A Boy From Nowhere', followed by a cover of 'Kiss' by Prince, which he recorded with The Art Of Noise. Jones signed to Interscope Records in 1993. He became quickly credible with younger audiences when he appeared at the Glastonbury Festival and in 1998, he performed with Robbie Williams at the BRIT awards.
The following year, he released an album of duets, entitled Reload, on which he performed with the likes of Cerys Matthews (of Catatonia), Stereophonics, Lenny Kravitz, Heather Small and James Taylor Quartet. He later collaborated with Jools Holland and Wyclef Jean, demonstrating a keen ability to adapt to a number of different genres. Tom Jones returned to play at the Glastonbury Festival in 2009.
Jones was restored to 'The Voice UK' when it moved to ITV this year, but the iconic singer is believed to be reconsidering his future because of the exhausting filming schedule.
Just a few months after making his comeback to the judging panel of ‘The Voice UK’, legendary singer Sir Tom Jones is believed to be considering quitting the reality talent contest after the end of the current series.
The 76 year old crooner was famously dropped by the BBC for the final series on the network in 2016, in what was widely criticised as an unpopular move.
He has been praising the format changes made on the revamped show on ITV, after he was restored to the judging panel alongside newcomers Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale, but a new report in The Sun suggests that the hectic filming schedule has worn him down and forced him to re-think his future with the show.
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Sir Tom Jones has started dating again.
Sir Tom Jones has started dating again.
The 76-year-old singer lost his wife Linda to cancer last year, and after almost one year of mourning the 'Sex Bomb' hitmaker has now moved on as he has reportedly started dating Priscilla Presley - who is the former partner of the late Elvis Presley - and has ''enjoyed'' her company over recent weeks.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper about the 'The Voice UK' judges love life, a source said: ''Tom has had a tough year following the death of Linda, but he has enjoyed Priscilla's company.
Continue reading: Sir Tom Jones Is Dating Priscilla Presley
Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!
It's been two days and people are still talking about Tom Jones' marvellous impromptu performance of 'Great Balls of Fire' on the 'The Voice UK' at the weekend. It's always a treat to hear an unexpected jam from a major musician, because you just never see it these days.
Tom Jones performed 'Great Balls of Fire' on The Voice UK
Episode two of the televised singing contest aired on Saturday night (January 14th 2017) with another round of blind auditions. Tom Jones entertained his fellow judges Gavin Rossdale, Jennifer Hudson and will.i.am, as well as the appreciative audience, by launching into a flawless rendition of the classic Jerry Lee Lewis hit 'Great Balls of Fire' from 1964.
Jennifer Hudson has revealed she wants to team up with Sir Tom Jones, Gavin Rossdale and will.i.am on music in the future.
Jennifer Hudson wants to work with all three of her fellow 'The Voice UK' judges on music.
The 'Dream Girls' star has learnt a lot from watching Will.i.am, Gavin Rossdale and Sir Tom Jones on the ITV programme and says she and the Black Eyed Peas star are going to record together once filming for the spinning-chair show is complete.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, she shared: ''I do plan on working with will for my next album.''
Continue reading: Jennifer Hudson Wants To Work With The Voice UK Judges On Music
Ratings fell from an average of 8.5 million to 6.4 million in 2016, the series from which Jones was dropped by the producers.
Sir Tom Jones has revealed his delight at being able to return to the judging panel of ‘The Voice UK’ as it makes its move to ITV for its new series this month, taking aim at BBC bosses for axing him from the last series.
Speaking at a press launch ahead of the sixth series of the show, which returns to British screens on January 7th on ITV, the Welsh singing legend commented on the importance of learning from knockbacks in the showbiz world, and used his experience of being excluded from the final BBC edition of ‘The Voice’ last year as an example.
Sir Tom Jones is to return to 'The Voice UK' this weekend
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Sir Tom Jones believes music saved his life after his wife Linda passed away in April.
Sir Tom Jones thinks music ''saved his life'' following the death of his wife.
The 76-year-old singer tragically lost his spouse Lady Melinda Rose Woodward - known as Linda - in April to lung cancer and, although he didn't think he'd ever sing again after her passing, he's glad he carried on.
He told the Independent newspaper: ''She passed away from lung cancer and it was very quick. By the time they found it, she only had less than two weeks. So that hit me hard, and it still has.
Continue reading: Sir Tom Jones: 'Music Saved My Life After Wife's Death'
Having been dropped for 2016's final series on the BBC, 'The Voice UK' is restoring the Welsh singing legend to the coaching panel when it moves to ITV.
Sir Tom Jones is set to return to the coaching panel of ‘The Voice UK’ for its first series on ITV, having been unceremoniously dumped by the BBC just over a year ago.
The 76 year old Welsh crooning legend will be one of the four coaches in the upcoming first series of the talent show at its new home on ITV, to which it’s moved after five seasons on the BBC where it enjoyed mixed fortunes.
“I’m looking forward to returning to my big red chair on ‘The Voice UK’,” Jones said in a statement. “I had some great times on the show and I can’t wait again to discover and help some brand new talent. And of course be back with my pal Will.i.am.”
Continue reading: Sir Tom Jones Returning To 'The Voice UK'
In an interview with The Times magazine, he claimed that he had been mistaken many times in the past to be black by the sound of his singing voice.
Sir Tom Jones has revealed that he’s going to be undertaking a DNA test to discover whether he has black ancestry, having apparently been told many times over the years that he is merely “passing as white”.
His trademark baritone has been the cornerstone of the Welsh legend’s success over more than five decades. Though he was born in the Valleys to a traditional coal-mining family to parents of both English and Welsh descent, Sir Tom gave an interview with The Times magazine at the weekend in which he revealed that many people used to judge by the sound of his voice that he was black.
Sir Tom Jones wants to take a DNA test to discover whether any of his ancestors were black
Continue reading: Sir Tom Jones To Take DNA Test In Order To Ascertain Black Ancestry
The veteran singer was axed from the BBC talent series earlier this year to make way for Paloma Faith and Boy George.
Since being axed as a judge on ‘The Voice’ earlier this year, veteran singer Tom Jones as opened up about what its really like behind the scenes on the BBC singing competition. Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Jones said judges are pressured into turning their chairs by bosses during the red chair challenge.
Tom Jones is not holding back when it comes to criticising ‘The Voice’.
“They kept telling us we needed to turn our chairs more,” Jones told the newspaper. ”And I said no, it has to be real. I don’t want to be lumbered with somebody I don’t like. I have a reputation for picking good voices.”
The Welsh singer was replaced as a judge on the talent show earlier this month.
Danny Cohen, the BBC’s Director of television has said he feels ‘sorry’ that Tom Jones was upset after the singer was dropped as a judge on talent ‘The Voice’ earlier this month. Following his axing Jones had hit out at the BBC in a Facebook post, saying he had been dropped from the show without ‘conversation or consultation’ by the BBC.
Tom Jones was axed from ‘The Voice’ earlier this month.
“I’ve got huge respect for Tom and I’m truly sorry he’s upset, really sorry,” Mr Cohen said. “I’m a big fan of his, I think he’s a gentleman and an extraordinary figure in music and you’ll have seen the huge respect all the artists on The Voice have had for him throughout.”
Continue reading: BBC Boss Sorry To Have Upset Tom Jones Over 'The Voice' Axe
Date of birth
7th June, 1940
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Ease yourself into Easter with a few new tunes on my VOICES playlist including @alt_J, @shedrewthegun & many more https://t.co/UtlMV2Ok1e
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