Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Biography

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.



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Is Tom Jones Returning To 'The Voice'?


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Sir Tom Jones is reportedly in the middle of “final talks” to re-join ‘The Voice’ ahead of its move to ITV for its next series, a year after he was given the boot from the reality show.

The 76 year old Welsh singer was deeply unhappy with the way he was dealt with when the BBC decided to axe him last summer in favour of Boy George, but now, with a new set of producers looking to re-vamp the much-criticised show, he’s preparing himself to return.

According to a report in The Sun, bosses at ITV are said to be keen on getting Jones aboard as he “commands respect”.

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Serpentine Gallery Summer Party - Arrivals

Sir Tom Jones seen arriving at the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party held at Kensington Gardens, London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 6th July 2016

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Will.i.am Confirms He'll Be On 'The Voice' When It Moves To ITV


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‘The Voice’ coach Will.i.am has confirmed he’ll be staying on with the show when it moves to ITV next year. The Black Eyed Peas main man has been with the show since its first series in 2012 and has seen a revolving door of fellow music stars join him on the panel.

Will.i.amWill.i.am will be retuning to ‘The Voice’.

Will will also be a coach on spin-ff show ‘The Voice Kids’, which is aimed at 7 to 14 year olds. In a statement he said: “I’m delighted to be continuing ‘The Voice UK’ on ITV and being a voice of direction and guidance for the usual suspects, and I’m thrilled to add ‘The Voice Kids’ to the mix.”

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Sir Tom Jones Speaks Of 'Tough Few Months' After Losing Wife Linda


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Tom Jones is preparing to play his first concerts since the death of his wife of 59 years Linda in April. The veteran singer said it’s been a ‘tough few months’, but he’s vowed to carry on singing as it’s what Linda would have wanted.

Tom JonesTom Jones is ready to get back to performing after the death of his wife Linda.

“I’m feeling pretty good now. I’m back in it and getting back in form,” Tom told the BBC. “It’s been a tough few months, losing Linda. She had emphysema, and we thought that’s all it was. But it turned out to be worse than that in the end.”

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Are Kylie Minogue And Tom Jones Set To Return To 'The Voice'?


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Former ‘The Voice’ judges Kylie Minogue and Tom Jones could be set to return to the show, when it moves to ITV for it’s sixth season. According to The Mirror, the two former judges are set to join a revamped line-up which is also rumoured to include Jennifer Hudson and Will.i.am.

Kylie MinogueKylie Minogue is rumoured to be making a return to ‘The Voice’.

A source told the newspaper that Black Eyed Peas star Will is the only current coach ITV are hoping to hang on to. “They’ve pushed the boat out to get Will to stay and are very much hoping he’ll say yes,” the source said. "He loves the show and he’s actually a bigger star here than he is in the US.”

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Sir Tom Jones Thanks Fans For Support In Aftermath Of Wife's Death From Cancer


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Sir Tom Jones has thanked his fans in a heartfelt message for their “sympathy and support” after his losing his wife earlier this month.

The 75 year old singer shared some personal thanks via his official Twitter account to his 500,000 followers on Wednesday evening (April 27th), just over two weeks after his wife Linda died from cancer.

Tom JonesSir Tom Jones thanked his fans for their support following his wife's death earlier this month

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Sir Tom Jones's Wife Linda Dies Of Cancer


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Sir Tom Jones’s wife Melinda Rose Woodward has died after a “short but fierce battle with cancer”, it has been reported. Known as Linda, she was married to the Welsh singing legend for 59 years.

The couple had known each other from childhood and married at the age of 16, and they stayed together despite high-profile difficulties in their relationship over the years, and had one son, Mark, who is now his father’s manager.

A statement on Jones’s official website on Monday (April 11th) said: “Surrounded by her husband and loved ones, she passed away peacefully.” The family has now “asked for privacy at this difficult time.”

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Sir Tom Jones Pulls Out Of Entire Asian Tour Due To "Serious Illness" In His Family


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Having initially cancelled a performance in the Philippines over the weekend, Sir Tom Jones has now announced he’s pulling out of his entire Asian tour due to “a serious illness” in his immediate family.

The 75 year old Welsh legend has confirmed that he’s now shelving dates in Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo and Osaka, according to a new report by Wales Online. A statement from the singer’s representatives appeared via his official Instagram account on Sunday evening (April 3rd).

Tom JonesSir Tom Jones has now cancelled the rest of his Asian tour

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Tom Jones - Tom Jones performs live in Sydney, Australia at The Star - Sydney, Australia - Monday 21st March 2016

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Sir Tom Jones At BBC Radio 1

Sir Tom Jones - Sir Tom Jones at BBC Radio 1 - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 8th December 2015

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Sir Tom Jones To Take DNA Test In Order To Ascertain Black Ancestry


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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.

Tom JonesSir Tom Jones wants to take a DNA test to discover whether any of his ancestors were black

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Tom Jones - The Q Awards 2015 - Arrivals at The Q Awards - London, United Kingdom - Monday 19th October 2015

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Tom Jones Hits Out At 'The Voice' Again, Claiming Producers Pressure Judges Into Picking Singers


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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 JonesTom 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.”

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BBC Boss Sorry To Have Upset Tom Jones Over 'The Voice' Axe


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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 JonesTom 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.”

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Tom Jones - V Festival held at Weston Park - Day 2 - Performances at V Festival - Stafford, United Kingdom - Sunday 23rd August 2015

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Tom Jones

Date of birth

7th June, 1940

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

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