Tom Jones
Tom Jones
Sir Thomas John Woodward, OBE, known by his stage name Sir Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. He became one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the British Invasion. Since the mid-1960s, Jones has sung nearly every form of popular music – pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel – and sold over 100 million records.
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Islamophobia grows louder in North Carolina: 'Can we not kill them all?'
Guardian (UK) - 3 days
The meeting of a far-right group in Kernersville has stirred fears across the state as Muslim leaders call on authorities to take action Tom Jones, a soft-spoken man with white hair and wearing a slate-gray jacket, held up a copy of The Terrorist Next Door by the conservative author Erick Stakelbeck in the private dining room of a seafood restaurant in Kernersville, North Carolina, on a recent Thursday evening. The presentation marked a coming-out of sorts for Jones, who had announced the event a month earlier at a regular weekly luncheon in nearby Winston-Salem that features different conservative speakers and Republican elected officials. About 20 people attended, representing professional conservative activists, GOP volunteers and militia types. Continue reading...
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CultureZohn: I Spent New Year's Eve In Bed With Warren Beatty
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Ok, so you know the drill by now. I'm home, it's almost 2017, and I need to crawl into bed with someone exciting, sexy, dynamic, legendary, to lift myself up over the hulking mess of New Year's Eve. This year, I knew had to think big, really really big, especially big, to face down the looming disaster of 45. I combed the bestseller list for a Keith Richards or Richard Burton-equivalent (my previous NY eve boon companions), and all I could come up with was Bruce Springsteen and Robbie Robertson and no offense, I've never been a Bruce babe and as much as I like Music from Big Pink, after seeing the Scorcese docu I found Robbie a wee bit self-important and limelight-stealing from his fellow Band members. As I was pondering this biggest of date nights, Carrie Fisher died, and I, like many others, rewound her career and came upon her first acting gig in Shampoo, and there he was staring me in the face. Warren! Warren could help me enter 2017 and get me some moxie back: if anyone ...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Van Morrison and Tom Jones team for a wild night at the Hollywood Bowl
LATimes - 4 months
Not all of the significant voices of pop music from the 1960s are hunkered down in the Coachella Valley this week for Desert Trip, and two of them got together Thursday the Hollywood Bowl to demonstrate the veracity of the Who’s songwriter Pete Townshend’s observation that “It’s the singer, not...
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Tom Jones: Music 'has saved me' after death of his wife of 57 years
LATimes - 5 months
Things had been shaping up for 2016 to be another late-career banner year for Welsh rocker Tom Jones as he continued touring in support of last year's standout album "Long Lost Suitcase." Then his wife of 57 years, Linda (Melinda Rose) Woodward, died suddenly in April after what the family described...
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Brands That Are Reversing The Negativity About Women
Huffington Post - 5 months
Amidst all this election trash talk, I thought I’d try to balance out the tons of negativity with a little bit of positivity. Because let’s face it, a little can go a long way. So here are three retail brands that are each celebrating modern women, today’s women if you will. With all the confidence, self-acceptance, and self-awareness they can muster. I do believe that their work speaks for itself. First up, H&M. The brand’s new campaign features the classic song “She’s a Lady” by Tom Jones...but turns it (and the old conventions that come with it) on its head. H&M reminds us that you can be any kind of lady you’d like. Next up we have TJ Maxx, honoring women who sacrifice every single day for the rest of us. We can’t thank you enough, ladies! Then we have the new campaign from Lane Bryant, featuring some very famous women reversing the negativity on social media, and shaming the body shamers while they are at it. #ThisBody is m ...
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H&M's Feminist Ad Completely Destroys What It Means To Be A 'Lady'
Huffington Post - 5 months
Being a “lady” means doing whatever the hell you want ― at least, that appears to be the message of a new H&M ad. The spot was recently published for H&M’s autumn 2016 collection and it does not disappoint. The ad features all kinds of women looking, feeling and simply existing however they want.  The ad features model Adwoa Aboah, actress Lauren Hutton, Lion Babe’s Jillian Hervey, trans actress Hari Nef and Design Army’s CCO Pum Lefebure. The video is set to a remake of Tom Jones’ 1971 hit “She’s A Lady,” by Lion Babe. From a trans woman walking to work to a young woman manspreading on the subway to a woman running an office ― the video is a badass commentary on what it really means to be a woman today. Take a look at a few of our favorite moments:  The ad will start airing on TV Sept. 21. For now, take a look at the spot below.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The H ...
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Music Festivals: Summer Sounds of Ascona
Huffington Post - 9 months
In Southern Switzerland, just a short train ride from Lugano, you'll find yourself in the tiny lakeside town of Ascona, which is packed with more outsized possibilities than its demure posture might suggest on the surface. With Lake Maggiore as a backdrop, Ascona hosts an open air market chock full of locally produced bounty every Tuesday from March 22 through October 11, while also serving as a departure point for shopaholics desirous of ferrying over to Italy for a day of shopping. That said, the town's most powerful draw, particularly as summer rolls around, is music. In fact, with not just one but three major music festivals in Ascona and neighboring Locarno, you might even say that these are in fact the hills that are alive with music. Ascona Jazz Festival This annual jazz festival focused on classic jazz, contemporary jazz, the music of New Orleans, swing, mainstream blues, gospel and R&B is a music aficionado's dream. Every June, against the same magical back ...
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Interview: Robert Nix
Huffington Post - 10 months
Alternative artist, Robert Nix has just released his 5th album, entitled, "Once In A Blue Moon," which includes his lead single, "Won't Go With the Flow." Robert incorporates alternative, postpunksynth, new wave, pop, classical and progressive rock into his songs, which are hauntingly unique. I was able to get a quick look into the essence of Robert Nix, and talk about his music and artistry. Your songs are really unique. What is inside your head when you write them? Usually a swirling mass of unusual conflicting thoughts. Do you have one song on your new album that means more to you than the others? I would have to go with the first single/video/soundcloud track 'Won't Go With The Flow,' a song dedicated to those with independent thought and I just might be one of them. Do you have a favorite artist? The Beatles, particularly 1967 onward. Astonishing group. Are you planning a tour to support the album? No, I'm staying right here in this medium sized room ...
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Justin Timberlake Dances 'The Carlton'... With Carlton
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's not unusual for Justin Timberlake to do "The Carlton" whenever he's with Alfonso Ribeiro. The golfing buddies busted out Ribeiro's signature "Fresh Prince" moves at a pro-am tournament in Nevada back in July 2015. And they dug them out again for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament in California on Saturday. .@JTimberlake does The Carlton ... with Carlton. @alfonso_ribeiro #QuickHits — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 13, 2016 Video going viral shows the pair swinging their hips in time as if they've got the Tom Jones version of "It's Not Unusual" turned up loud. There's no music, but the crowd still goes wild. The celebrity golfers stopped short of a full rendition, however, perhaps saving it for the clubhouse. Timberlake also performed this beautiful acoustic version of his song "Drink You Away," with a little help from Ribeiro, while out on the course on Thursday: English professional golfer Justin Rose, ...
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Justin Timberlake Dances 'The Carlton'... With Carlton
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's not unusual for Justin Timberlake to do "The Carlton" whenever he's with Alfonso Ribeiro. The golfing buddies busted out Ribeiro's signature "Fresh Prince" moves at a pro-am tournament in Nevada back in July 2015. And they dug them out again for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament in California on Saturday. .@JTimberlake does The Carlton ... with Carlton. @alfonso_ribeiro #QuickHits — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 13, 2016 Video going viral shows the pair swinging their hips in time as if they've got the Tom Jones version of "It's Not Unusual" turned up loud. There's no music, but the crowd still goes wild. The celebrity golfers stopped short of a full rendition, however, perhaps saving it for the clubhouse. Timberlake also performed this beautiful acoustic version of his song "Drink You Away," with a little help from Ribeiro, while out on the course on Thursday: English professional golfer Justin Rose, ...
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These Were The Most Popular Girls' Names Over The Past Century
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Since the Social Security Administration began tallying the popularity of baby names in the late 1800s, only ten girls’ names have managed to hit the top spot on the list. Several stayed on for decades, while others only held the title for a few years. Here are those ten most popular girls' names, in chronological order. Mary Mary, the quintessential New Testament name, is the mother of all girls’ names, the most popular and enduring female Christian name in the English-speaking world for centuries. When the SSA started keeping records around 1880, it was still number one and remained there into the 1940s. In 1900, there were 16,707 girls named Mary, which was 5.25 percent of girl births. This at a time when the U.S. population was 76 million, compared with 322 million today. In 2014, Mary ranked at 120, close to its lowest point ever -- but there's some renewed interest, perhaps due to the popular character Lady Mary in "Downton Abbey." Linda Linda managed to surpass Mar ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Jones
  • 2016
    Age 75
    Linda, Lady Woodward, died on 10 April 2016 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, after a "short but fierce" battle with cancer, with Jones cancelling concerts at the time.
    More Details Hide Details Space and Cerys Matthews released "The Ballad of Tom Jones", a song about a fighting couple who are calmed down by listening to Jones's music on the radio. The song reached No. 4 in the UK in 1998.
    A new musical, Tom: A Story of Tom Jones, based on the singer's life and recordings, produced by Theatr na nÓg, opened at the Wales Millennium Centre in March 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Reviewing the show for The Stage, Mark Shenton wrote: "... the show itself, written by Mike James and directed by Geinor Styles, is a more humdrum — while hummable — affair than its star and subject deserves. In the familiar jukebox musical style of shows like Jersey Boys and Beautiful, 'A Story of Tom Jones' charts the behind-the-scenes rise to fame of a pop star, but without the craft or polish." Jones wrote or co-wrote the following songs: "And I Tell the Sea", "Looking Out My Window", "Feel the Rain" from the 2002 Mr. Jones album, "Jezebel", "The Letter", "Younger Days", "Tom Jones International", "Holiday", "The Road", "24 Hours", "Seasons", "We Got Love", "Seen That Face", "Give a Little Love", "If He Should Ever Leave You", "Whatever it Takes", and "Traveling Shoes" from the 2012 album Spirit in the Room.
  • 2015
    Age 74
    In 2015 he appeared on BBC's Jools' Annual Hootenanny, broadcast on New Year's Eve, on which he duetted with Paul Weller.
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    In November 2015, Jones appeared, alongside Rob Brydon in a special 90-minute show, from the SSE Arena, Wembley, for BBC's Children in Need.
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    In October 2015 his autobiography entitled Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography was published by Michael Joseph.
    More Details Hide Details Reviewing the book in the Daily Express, Clair Woodward said, "In the tradition of so many autobiographies these days, Tom Jones's doesn't tell you what you really want to hear.... What you are left with is a riotously enjoyable story of Jones 'The Voice' which nicely doubles as the story of British pop and light entertainment from the Sixties onwards."
    In September 2015, Jones announced the long-awaited release of his album Long Lost Suitcase, on 9 October, through Virgin/EMI.
    More Details Hide Details The album is the third in a trilogy of albums, following Praise & Blame (2010) and Spirit In The Room (2012). The album's track titles are interwoven into the chapters of his autobiography Over the Top and Back released at the same time. The producer is once again Ethan Johns and the diverse range of compositions includes songs from Gillian Welch, the Rolling Stones, Hank Williams and the Milk Carton Kids.
  • 2014
    Age 73
    On 27 September 2014 Jones performed at the Australian Football League's pre game entertainment for the 2014 Grand Final along with Ed Sheeran.
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    In May 2014, Jones opened for Morrissey at a special show in the US.
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  • 2012
    Age 71
    On 9 September 2012, Jones headlined at BBC Radio 2's Live in Hyde Park festival.
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    On 18 August 2012, Jones performed a fifty-minute set at the V Festival’s Weston Park site in Staffordshire.
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    On 4 June 2012, Jones performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace, singing "Delilah" and "Mama Told Me Not to Come".
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    In May 2012, Jones released the album Spirit in the Room on Island Records/Universal Music.
    More Details Hide Details The track listing included covers of songs by Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen and Richard and Linda Thompson, Blind Willie Johnson, Tom Waits and the Low Anthem.
    In March 2012, Jones became a coach on the BBC talent show The Voice UK.
    More Details Hide Details Jones was joined by, Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue. He mentored Leanne Mitchell to win the first series. Jones returned to coach in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In August 2015 it was announced that Jones's contract with the show would not be renewed and that he would be replaced by Boy George. Jones criticised BBC executives for "sub-standard behaviour", having not consulted with him and informing him only 24 hours before the official announcement.
    Jones released a single on 19 March 2012, produced by former White Stripes frontman Jack White, called Evil.
    More Details Hide Details The single was first made available through independent record stores in 7" vinyl on 5 March. An exclusive three-coloured vinyl was also sold at only one shop – Spillers Records in Cardiff. The shop, from which Jones bought records as a schoolboy in the 1950s and early 1960s, was founded in 1894 and is listed in Guinness World Records as the oldest record shop in the world.
  • 2011
    Age 70
    On 25 May 2011, he appeared on American Idol after a medley of his hits performed by the American Idol "Top 13".
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    On 15 May 2011 he appeared alongside Laurie in the UK ITV series Perspectives, singing music from the album in New Orleans.
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    In May 2011, Jones appeared as guest vocalist on the debut album Let Them Talk by Hugh Laurie.
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  • 2010
    Age 69
    Jones announced that his new album Praise & Blame would be released on 26 July 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The album, produced by Ethan Johns (who has previously worked with Kings of Leon, Rufus Wainwright and Laura Marling), would include covers of songs by Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker and Billy Joe Shaver, and feature such guest musicians as Booker T.
    On 11 September 2010, Jones performed for an audience of 50,000 at the Help for Heroes charity concert at Twickenham Stadium performing "Strange Things Are Happening Every Day" and his classic hit "Green Green Grass of Home".
    More Details Hide Details On 22 September, Jones appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
    In July 2010, Jones appeared on the penultimate episode of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and performed "Burning Hell". In August 2010, Praise & Blame debuted at No. 2 on the UK album chart.
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    By 2010, Jones had sold over 100 million records.
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    In July 2010 it was reported that David Sharpe, vice-president of Island Records (to whom Jones had moved, from EMI, for £1.5m in October 2009), had emailed colleagues demanding that they "pull back this project immediately or get my money back" and asking if the record had been "a sick joke".
    More Details Hide Details Jones later strongly criticised Sharpe and said that he was furious about the leaked email.
    On Jones's 70th birthday, 7 June 2010, the single "Burning Hell", a cover of the John Lee Hooker classic, from the forthcoming Praise & Blame album, was released.
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  • 2009
    Age 68
    In March 2009, Jones went to the top of the UK Music Charts for the third time in his career thanks to a cover of "Islands in the Stream", sung with Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon and Robin Gibb, who co-wrote the original with his brothers Barry and Maurice.
    More Details Hide Details The song, inspired by BBC's hit sitcom Gavin and Stacey, was released in aid of Comic Relief and reached No. 1 in March 2009.
    In February 2009 he did an exclusive Take-Away Show with Vincent Moon, performing three songs live in front of a camera in a New York hotel room.
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  • 2008
    Age 67
    He performed the debut single from 24 Hours, "If He Should Ever Leave You", which was named the 9th best song of 2008 by Spinner.
    More Details Hide Details One of the songs from 24 Hours, "Give a Little Love", would later be featured in the first trailer for Little Fockers.
    On 16 November 2008 Jones was invited to perform on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
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    In 2008 also Tom Jones was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
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    In 2008 he released 24 Hours on S-Curve Records, his first album of new material to be issued in the US for over 15 years.
    More Details Hide Details Jones, who was still performing over 200 dates a year as he approached his 70th birthday, set out on a world tour to promote the album. "The fire is still in me. Not to be an oldie, but a goodie. I want to be a contender", Jones said.
  • 2007
    Age 66
    He sang "God Save the Queen", the United Kingdom's national anthem, before the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Ricky Hatton fight in 2007; he sang "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau", the Welsh national anthem, at the fight between fellow Welshman Joe Calzaghe and Bernard Hopkins in 2008; and he sang "God Save the Queen" before the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton fight in 2009.
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    On 1 July 2007, Jones was among 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.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to performing some of his own songs the group covered Arctic Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor". Jones, a boxing fan, has performed national anthems before a number of boxing matches.
  • 2005
    Age 64
    Jones collaborated with Australian pop singer John Farnham in 2005 and released the live album John Farnham & Tom Jones – Together in Concert.
    More Details Hide Details The following year Jones worked with Chicane and released the dance track "Stoned in Love", which went to No. 7 in the UK Singles Chart.
    On 28 May 2005, in celebration of his approaching 65th birthday, Jones returned to his homeland to perform a concert in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd before a crowd of about 20,000.
    More Details Hide Details This was his first performance in Pontypridd since 1964. That same year the BBC reported that Jones was Wales's wealthiest entertainer, having amassed a fortune of £175 million.
  • 2003
    Age 62
    Jones received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he teamed up with pianist Jools Holland and released Tom Jones & Jools Holland, a roots rock 'n' roll album. It peaked at No. 5 in the UK.
  • 2002
    Age 61
    In 2002 Jones released the album Mr. Jones, which was produced by Wyclef Jean.
    More Details Hide Details The album and the first single, "Tom Jones International", were top 40 hits in the UK.
  • 2000
    Age 59
    He was also hired as the new voice of Australia's National Rugby League, singing in an advertisement to market the 2000 season.
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    United States President Bill Clinton invited Jones to perform on New Year's Eve at the 2000 millennium celebrations in Washington, D.C. Throughout 2000 Jones garnered a number of honours for his work including a BRIT Award for Best British Male.
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  • 1999
    Age 58
    Jones, who was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1999, was knighted by Elizabeth II in 2006 at Buckingham Palace for his services to music.
    More Details Hide Details After receiving a knighthood Jones stated: "When you first come into show business and get a hit record, it is the start of something. As time goes by it just gets better. This is the best thing I have had. It's a wonderful feeling, a heady feeling."
    In 1999 Jones released the album Reload, a collection of cover duets with artists such as the Cardigans, Natalie Imbruglia, Cerys Matthews, Van Morrison, Mousse T, Portishead, Stereophonics and Robbie Williams.
    More Details Hide Details The album went to No. 1 in the UK and sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Five singles from Reload hit the UK top 40. The single "Sex Bomb" was released in early 2000 and became the biggest single from the album, reaching No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart.
  • 1997
    Age 56
    In 1997, Jones did the soundtrack for the comedy film The Full Monty, recording "You Can Leave Your Hat On".
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  • 1994
    Age 53
    Jones performed the song at the 1994 MTV Europe Music Awards, which he also served as host for.
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  • 1993
    Age 52
    Jones signed with Interscope Records in 1993 and released the album The Lead And How To Swing It.
    More Details Hide Details The first single, "If I Only Knew", went to No. 11 in the UK.
  • 1992
    Age 51
    In 1992, he made his first appearance at the UK's Glastonbury Festival, and in 1993 he appeared as himself on episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Simpsons.
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  • 1989
    Age 48
    Jones received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989, located at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, in front of Frederick's of Hollywood.
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  • 1987
    Age 46
    One affair resulted in the birth of a son. In October 1987, while on tour in the US, Jones had a brief relationship with model Katherine Berkery, who then discovered she was pregnant.
    More Details Hide Details After a legal battle that included DNA testing, a United States court ruled in 1989 that Jones was the boy's father. Jones denied the court's findings, until finally, in 2008, he admitted they were true. He has shown no interest in meeting his son, Jonathan Berkery. Following the election of the Labour Party's Harold Wilson as Prime Minister in 1974, Jones became a tax exile. In June 1976 he purchased the red-brick mansion at 363 Copa De Oro Road in the East Gate Old Bel Air in Los Angeles from Dean Martin for $500,000. He sold it to Nicolas Cage in 1998 for a reported $6.469 million. In 2009, after 35 years in the US, Jones said that he and his wife were planning to move back to the UK. "I've had a great time living in Los Angeles", Jones said, "but after all these years, we think now is the time to move home".
    In 1987, Tom Jones re-entered the singles chart with "A Boy From Nowhere", which went to No. 2 in the UK.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he covered Prince's "Kiss" with Art of Noise. The song reached No. 5 in the UK and No. 31 in the US. The video for "Kiss" was much seen on MTV and VH1, and won the MTV Video Music Award for Breakthrough Video.
  • 1986
    Age 45
    Jones's manager Gordon Mills died of cancer on 29 July 1986, and Jones's son Mark became his manager.
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  • 1980
    Age 39
    From 1980 to 1986, he had nine songs in the US country top 40, yet failed to crack the top 100 in the UK or the Billboard Hot 100.
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  • 1976
    Age 35
    He did, however, have a big hit in 1976 with "Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow", which went to No. 1 on the US country chart and No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1980s, Jones started to record country music.
  • 1970
    Age 29
    In 1970, Jones teamed up with Raquel Welch and Producer/Choreographer David Winters of Winters-Rosen Productions for the television special Raquel!
    More Details Hide Details The multimillion-dollar television song and dance extravaganza was filmed around the world and included production numbers of classic songs from the era, lavish costumes, and guest performances from Jones, John Wayne, and Bob Hope. In the 1970s, Jones toured with the female singing groups Quiet Elegance and the Blossoms as his backing groups. He had a number of hit singles, including "She's a Lady", "Till", and "The Young New Mexican Puppeteer", but in the mid-1970s his popularity declined.
  • 1969
    Age 28
    Jones appeared on 31 December 1969, on the BBC's review of the 1960s music scene, Pop Go The Sixties, performing "Delilah" (in a telerecording of an earlier appearance on Top of the Pops).
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    As a result of the show, Jones was nominated in 1969 for a Golden Globe for "best actor".
    More Details Hide Details From 1980 to 1981, he had a second television variety show, Tom Jones, that was produced in Vancouver, Canada, and lasted for 24 episodes. In recent years, both television shows have been the subject of litigation with the original license holder C/F International. As of December 2004, C/F International was a secured judgment creditor of Classic World Productions and its principal, Darryl Payne, for approximately one million US dollars, and was the principal secured creditor at the time of the subsequent bankruptcy filing by the company. C/F International's action against Classic World Productions and owner Darryl Payne was based on unpaid royalties from This Is Tom Jones and related recordings. This Is Tom Jones is currently sold on DVD by Time Life rather than by Classic World Productions or C/F International. C/F International's rights to later Tom Jones material were also disputed. In March 2007, Tom Jones and Tom Jones Enterprises sued C/F International to stop the company from licensing sound recordings made from the 1981 Tom Jones series. It was contended that any rights that C/F International had to license the Tom Jones show did not include the right to make and license separate recordings of the performances on the show, and that any rights that C/F International had in the Tom Jones show no longer existed because of numerous breaches of contract. Examples of contentious CDs are Live on the Tom Jones Show, released in 2006, and Greatest Hits Live, originally issued by C/F International in 1981 and later licensed to and issued by Prism Leisure Corporation as 30 Greatest Hits – Live in Concert.
    Jones had an internationally successful television variety show titled This Is Tom Jones from 1969 to 1971.
    More Details Hide Details The ATV-produced show was worth a reported $9m to Jones over three years. It was broadcast by ITV in the UK and by ABC in America.
    Jones's guitarist between 1969 and 1974 was Big Jim Sullivan, who also met and formed a friendship with Presley.
    More Details Hide Details Jones played at least one week in Las Vegas every year until 2011.
  • 1967
    Age 26
    In 1967, Jones performed in Las Vegas for the first time at the Flamingo.
    More Details Hide Details His performances and style of dress became part of his stage act, and increasingly featured his open, half-unbuttoned shirts and tight trousers. He soon chose to record less, instead concentrating on his lucrative club performances. His shows at Caesars Palace were a knicker-hurling frenzy of sexually charged adulation and good-time entertainment. Women started throwing hotel room keys onto the stage. Jones and his idol Elvis Presley met in 1965 at the Paramount film stage, when Elvis was filming Paradise, Hawaiian Style. They became good friends, spending more and more time together in Las Vegas and duetting until the early hours at Presley's private Las Vegas suite. The friendship endured until Presley's death in 1977.
  • 1966
    Age 25
    In 1966, Jones's popularity began to slip somewhat, causing Mills to reshape the singer's image into that of a crooner.
    More Details Hide Details Jones also began to sing material that appealed to a wider audience, such as the big country hit "Green, Green Grass of Home". The strategy worked, and Jones returned to the top of the charts in the UK and began hitting the Top 40 again in the US. For the remainder of the decade, he scored a string of hits on both sides of the Atlantic, including "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", "I'm Coming Home", and "Delilah" which all reached No. 2 in the UK chart.
    Jones was also awarded the Grammy Award for Best New Artist for 1966.
    More Details Hide Details In Hollywood, Jones met Elvis Presley for the first time who he recalls singing his song as he walked towards him on set.
    Jones received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, an MTV Video Music Award in 1989, and two Brit Awards: Best British Male in 2000 and the Outstanding Contribution to Music award in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Jones was awarded an OBE in 1999 and in 2006 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music. Jones was born Thomas John Woodward, at 57 Kingsland Terrace, Treforest, Pontypridd, in Glamorgan, South Wales. His parents were Thomas Woodward (31 March 1910 – 5 October 1981), a coal miner, and Freda Jones (30 December 1914 – 7 February 2003). Three of his grandparents were of English origin: his paternal grandfather, James Woodward, was an ironmonger's haulier from Gloucestershire, and his paternal grandmother, Anne Woodward, was from Wiltshire. His maternal grandfather, Albert Jones, was Welsh, and his maternal grandmother, Ada Jones, was born in Pontypridd, to parents from Somerset and Wiltshire. Jones attended Wood Road Infants School, Wood Road Junior School and Pontypridd Central Secondary Modern School. He began singing at an early age: He would regularly sing at family gatherings, weddings and in his school choir. Jones did not like school or sports, but gained confidence through his singing talent. At 12 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Many years later he said: "I spent two years in bed recovering. It was the worst time of my life." During convalescence he could do little else but listen to music and draw.
  • 1965
    Age 24
    During 1965, Mills secured a number of film themes for Jones to record, including the themes for the film What's New Pussycat? (written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David) and for the James Bond film Thunderball.
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  • 1964
    Age 23
    Eventually, Mills got Jones a recording contract with Decca. His first single, "Chills and Fever", was released in late 1964.
    More Details Hide Details It did not chart, but the follow-up, "It's Not Unusual", became an international hit after offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline promoted it. The following year was the most prominent of Jones's career, making him one of the most popular vocalists of the British Invasion. In early 1965, "It's Not Unusual" reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom and the top ten in the United States.
  • 1963
    Age 22
    Mills became Jones's manager and took the young singer to London, and also renamed him Tom Jones, to exploit the popularity of the Academy Award winning 1963 film.
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    Jones's voice has been described as a "full-throated, robust baritone". He became the frontman in 1963 for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a Welsh beat group.
    More Details Hide Details They soon gained a local following and reputation in South Wales. In 1964, the group recorded several solo tracks with producer Joe Meek, who took them to various labels, but they had little success. Later that year, Decca producer Peter Sullivan saw Tommy Scott and the Senators performing in a club and directed them to manager Phil Solomon, but the partnership was short-lived. The group continued to play gigs at dance halls and working men's clubs in South Wales. One night at the Top Hat in Cwmtillery, Wales, Jones was spotted by Gordon Mills, a London-based manager who also originally hailed from South Wales.
  • 1957
    Age 16
    Jones remained married to Linda (born 1940/1941 as Melinda Rose Trenchard) from 1957 until her death on 10 April 2016, despite his many well-publicised infidelities.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had one son, Mark Woodward (born 1957). Jones has stated that he had sex with up to 250 groupies a year at the height of his fame. His philandering once led Linda to physically assault him. After reading about one infidelity in a newspaper, she punched and kicked Jones, but he did not fight back; "I took it", he said. Jones had affairs with well-known women, including Mary Wilson of the Supremes, TV host Charlotte Laws and former Miss World Marjorie Wallace. Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, says she lost her virginity to Jones.
    In March 1957 Jones married his high school girlfriend, Linda Trenchard when they were expecting a child together, both aged 16.
    More Details Hide Details The couple's son, Mark, was born in the month following their wedding. To support his young family Jones took a job working in a glove factory and was later employed in construction.
  • 1940
    Born on June 7, 1940.
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