Tom Jones

Tom Jones

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Sir Thomas Jones Woodward, KBE (born 7 June 1940), best known by his stage name, Tom Jones, is a Welsh pop singer particularly noted for his powerful voice. He was born in Treforest, near Pontypridd in South Wales. He rose to fame in the mid-1960s, with an exuberant live act which included wearing tight breeches and billowing shirts, in an Edwardian style popular amongst his peers at the time. He was known for his overt sexuality, before this was as common as it became in subsequent years. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Greatest Hits
    Greatest Hits
  • Gold (1965 - 1975)
    Gold (1965 - 1975)
  • Reload
    Reload
  • The Best Of Tom Jones
    The Best Of Tom Jones
  • Best of
    Best of
  • The Best Of ... Tom Jones
    The Best Of ... Tom Jones
  • Velvet + Steel = Gold - Tom Jones 1964-1969
    Velvet + Steel = Gold - Tom Jones 1964-1969
  • Spirit in the Room
    Spirit in the Room
  • Reloaded: Greatest Hits
    Reloaded: Greatest Hits
  • The Best Of Tom Jones 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection
    The Best Of Tom Jones 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection
  • Praise & Blame
    Praise & Blame
  • Greatest Hits 2003
    Greatest Hits 2003
  • 24 Hours
    24 Hours
  • The Complete Tom Jones
    The Complete Tom Jones
  • Tom Jones
    Tom Jones
  • It's Not Unusual
    It's Not Unusual
  • The Lead And How To Swing It
    The Lead And How To Swing It
  • The Legendary Tom Jones - 30th Anniversary Album
    The Legendary Tom Jones - 30th Anniversary Album
  • Mr Jones
    Mr Jones
  • Silver Collection
    Silver Collection
  • Delilah
    Delilah
  • Tom Jones Hit Pac - 5 Series
    Tom Jones Hit Pac - 5 Series
  • The 50 Greatest Songs
    The 50 Greatest Songs
  • The Golden Hits
    The Golden Hits
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tom Jones
    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tom Jones
  • Chronicles
    Chronicles
  • When I Fall In Love
    When I Fall In Love
  • Mr. Jones
    Mr. Jones
  • The Love Collection
    The Love Collection
  • A-Tom-Ic Jones
    A-Tom-Ic Jones
  • Green, Green Grass Of Home
    Green, Green Grass Of Home
  • Greatest Love Songs
    Greatest Love Songs
  • The Collection
    The Collection
  • Velvet Steel=gold
    Velvet Steel=gold
  • From Las Vegas To London - The Best Of Tom Jones Live
    From Las Vegas To London - The Best Of Tom Jones Live
  • 13 Smash Hits
    13 Smash Hits
  • Tom Jones Collection, Vol. 1
    Tom Jones Collection, Vol. 1
  • Help Yourself
    Help Yourself
  • Collection
    Collection
  • Gold
    Gold
  • Classic Tom Jones - Universal Masters Collection
    Classic Tom Jones - Universal Masters Collection
  • The Ultimate Hits Collection
    The Ultimate Hits Collection
  • The Best Of
    The Best Of
  • Burning Hell
    Burning Hell
  • Move Closer
    Move Closer
  • Tom Jones Sings 24 Great Standards
    Tom Jones Sings 24 Great Standards
  • What's New Pussycat?
    What's New Pussycat?
  • Live In Las Vegas
    Live In Las Vegas

Tom Jones. Artist Bio

Sir Thomas Jones Woodward, KBE (born 7 June 1940), best known by his stage name, Tom Jones, is a Welsh pop singer particularly noted for his powerful voice. He was born in Treforest, near Pontypridd in South Wales.

He rose to fame in the mid-1960s, with an exuberant live act which included wearing tight breeches and billowing shirts, in an Edwardian style popular amongst his peers at the time. He was known for his overt sexuality, before this was as common as it became in subsequent years.

In 1963 he became the frontman for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a local beat group. Clad all in black leather, Tom soon gained a reputation in the South Wales area. The Senators were still all unheard of in London.

In 1964 they laid down a few tracks with maverick Telstar producer Joe Meek, and took them to various labels in an attempt to get a record deal. The plan was to release a single, Lonely Joe / I Was A Fool, but the ever-flighty Meek refused to release the tapes. The group returned to South Wales and continued to play gigs at dance halls and working mens clubs. One night, at the Top Hat in Cwmtillery, Tom was spotted by Gordon Mills, a London-based manager originally from South Wales. Mills became Tom's manager, and took the young singer to London. He also renamed him Tom Jones. The Senators became the Playboys, and later still the Squires.

Jones was awarded the Grammy Award for Best New Artist for 1965. It's Not Unusual, after the song having first been offered to Sandie Shaw. Jones recorded what was intended to be a demo for Shaw, but when she heard it she was so impressed with Jones' delivery that she declined the song and recommended that Jones release it himself. The record was the second Decca single Jones released, reaching number one in the UK charts in 1965. It was also the first hit for Jones in the US, peaking at #10 in May of that year. The single was released in the US on the Parrot label and also reached #3 on Billboard's easy listening chart. Jones used this song as the theme for his late 1960s-early 1970s musical variety series This Is Tom Jones. It has since become Jones' signature song.

In 1965 Tom sang the theme tune to the James Bond film Thunderball.

Jones' recording career slumped on the pop charts during the 1970s and 80s, although he placed 16 singles on the Billboard Country Music charts between 1976 and 1985, the biggest of which was "Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow" (# 1 Country, # 15 pop) in 1977, and his touring continued successfully. When his son Mark became his manager in 1987, his musical style was taken in a different direction. His recording career was revived with his first major hit single in over a decade, "A Boy From Nowhere", taken from the musical Matador. In 1988 he collaborated with The Art of Noise to record Prince's popular song "Kiss". Following this, he started to record in collaboration with a younger generation of musicians

His Reload album, released in 2000, became the biggest hit of his career. An album of cover versions recorded as duets with contemporary artists, using their record producers, and utilising their recording methods, it reached number one in the United Kingdom, and sold over 4 million copies worldwide.[1] In 2002, he released the album Mr. Jones, which was produced by Wyclef Jean and included the singles "Tom Jones International" and "Black Betty". In 2003, he was honored with a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004, his "Sex Bomb" single became a major club hit.

On New Year's Eve 2000 President Bill Clinton invited Tom to perform at the Millennium Celebrations in Washington. Throughout 2000, Tom garnered several honours for his work, including a Brit Award for Best Male. In 2001 Tom toured throughout the Middle East and Europe. In subsequent years Tom recorded albums in collaboration with such artists as Wyclef Jean and Jools Holland.

In celebration of his 65th birthday, on 28 May 2005 Tom returned to his homeland to perform a spectacular concert in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd. This was Tom's first performance in Ponty since 1964.

For his contribution to the recording industry, Tom Jones has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Blvd.

In 2005 the album Together In Concert, was recorded live with John Farnham and his band.

He has collaborated with Chicane for "Stoned in Love", a dance track that was released 24 April 2006. It entered at number eight in the UK charts the following Sunday.

In 2007, he signed to New York-based independent label S-Curve, owned by music executive Steve Greenberg.

The singer was awarded an OBE in 1999 and a Knight Bachelor in the 2006 New Years Honours list for his services to music and was subsequently knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London on 29 March 2006.[7]

On 1 July 2007, Jones was one of the invited artists who performed at Wembley Stadium at the Concert for Diana, joined on stage by guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith and British soul singer Joss Stone. He sang the British National Anthem before Ricky Hatton's fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on 8 December 2007. On 19 April 2008 he sang the Welsh National Anthem at the Calzaghe-Hopkins fight in Las Vegas.

Although his manager and public relations staff have attempted to change his sex-bomb image and neutralize the knicker-throwing fans, to the delight of his audiences Jones has never felt the need to tone down his behavior in the shows. Tom Jones has remained highly respected by other singers and continues to attract audiences of all ages. As of 2008, Jones continues to tour and record. A major portion of the year he regularly performs his show at the MGM Grand hotel, located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, USA. His show at the MGM is performed in a cabaret-style theater. Other venues on his yearly schedule include numerous shows at Atlantic City, NJ and appearances in the USA, United Kingdom and Canada. In February 2007, Jones made a long-awaited South American tour.

On 17 September 2008, Jones announced the release of his retro-tinged album "24 Hours" on S-Curve Records, his first for 15 years in the US; notably, this is the first record in which he's had a direct song-writing input. It was produced largely by drum'n'bass stalwarts Future Cut.

"It's all very well just singing songs," says Jones, "but for this record I really wanted to get properly personal. I've been getting reflective recently, looking over my journey through life, and I wanted to get that down on song. This time I wanted to make something that was all about me, my stories, my life. In other words, you listen to this album and you get the real me."


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