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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Birthday
07 June 1940
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Singer Tom Jones postpones US tour due to medical issues
ABC News - 6 months
Singer Tom Jones has postponed his planned US tour because of medical issues
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Singer Tom Jones sells L.A.-area home and parcel next door for $11.3 million
LATimes - 7 months
The Tom Jones home sale tour has officially come to an end. The singer-entertainer last month sold his Mediterranean-style villa and an adjacent lot in guard-gated Mulholland Estates for a combined $11.28 million, according to records obtained by The Times. Built in 1996, the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom...
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Review: A Bawdy ‘Bastard Jones,’ Dancing With a Peg Leg
NYTimes - 8 months
This ragged but high-spirited musical adaptation of Henry Fielding’s “Tom Jones” stars Evan Ruggiero, who lost most of his right leg to cancer.
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Imelda May webchat – post your questions now
Guardian (UK) - 10 months
The rockabilly and soul singer will answer your questions in a live webchat at 1pm on Monday 24 April – post them in the comments below 12.09pm BST Alongside the rather unlikely choice of Stereophonics, Bob Dylan recently named Imelda May as one of the finest musicians working today. And he’s not the only high-profile fan – May has performed with Lou Reed, Bono, Jeff Beck and Tom Jones among many others. The Irish singer-songwriter started out playing bars in Dublin as a teenager, and began honing her twist on blues and rockabilly. In 2008 her album Love Tattoo went to No 1 in Ireland and broke the UK thanks in part to the patronage of Jools Holland. Her next two records both hit the UK Top 10. New album Life. Love. Flesh. Blood, written in the wake of a divorce, sees her take a left turn into country soul aided by producer T Bone Burnett. Continue reading...
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'Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' Cast Reunites And It’s The Coolest
Huffington Post - 11 months
They’re all still fresh. The cast of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reunited for a sunny reunion shot posted Monday by costar Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Tom Jones fan Carlton. Will Smith, who portrayed the streetwise Philadelphia teen sent west to live with his well-to-do aunt and uncle on the 1990-96 sitcom, stood tall in the middle. Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete. A post shared by Alfonso Ribeiro (@therealalfonsoribeiro) on Mar 27, 2017 at 5:27pm PDT In case you need your memory jogged; from left in the photo are: Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Smith, Daphne Maxwell Reid (Aunt Vivian ’93-’96) and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey). Ribeiro gave a shoutout to James Avery, who died in 2013. We won’t forget you, Uncle Phil. Portions of the cast have gotten together occasionally over the years, and it’s always a welcome reunio...
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New Musical Aims To Speak To Those Rattled By 'Social Injustice'
Huffington Post - 12 months
Broadway playwright and novelist Marc Acito and songwriter Amy Engelhardt are teaming up for a new musical project with a socially-conscious slant. The pair have written a new musical, “Bastard Jones,” that is aiming for a spring premiere at The Cell in New York. The comedy is based on The History of Tom Jones, Henry Fielding’s 18th century novel which follows “an outsider’s quest for acceptance.” The book’s titular character, played by Albert Finney in the 1963 film, “Tom Jones,” is repeatedly rejected for being illegitimate. Both Acito and Engelhardt feel that plot point will particularly resonate among contemporary audiences given the struggles the LGBTQ community and other minority groups are facing under President Donald Trump’s administration.   “In 1749, being illegitimate made you a second-class citizen. We’re channeling our rage at social injustice into a door-slamming sex farce,” Engelhardt, who likened the music she’s written for the show to “Candide...
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From Mom Jokes To Trump-Era Racism, Cristela Alonzo Aims To Skewer Latino Stereotypes
NPR - 12 months
The star of the new Netflix special Lower Classy talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about how she writes her Mexican-American identity into comedy, along with stories from her childhood on the border. (Image credit: Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage/Getty)
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Islamophobia grows louder in North Carolina: 'Can we not kill them all?'
Guardian (UK) - 12 months
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 1 year
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 - about 1 year
"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 nom...
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Van Morrison and Tom Jones team for a wild night at the Hollywood Bowl
LATimes - over 1 year
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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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Jones
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    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.
    In October 2015 his autobiography entitled Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography was published by Michael Joseph.
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    In September 2015, Jones announced the long-awaited release of his album Long Lost Suitcase, on 9 October, through Virgin/EMI.
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  • 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.
    In May 2014, Jones opened for Morrissey at a special show in the US.
  • 2012
    Age 71
    On 9 September 2012, Jones headlined at BBC Radio 2's Live in Hyde Park festival.
    On 18 August 2012, Jones performed a fifty-minute set at the V Festival’s Weston Park site in Staffordshire.
    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".
    In May 2012, Jones released the album Spirit in the Room on Island Records/Universal Music.
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    In March 2012, Jones became a coach on the BBC talent show The Voice UK.
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    Jones released a single on 19 March 2012, produced by former White Stripes frontman Jack White, called Evil.
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  • 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".
    On 15 May 2011 he appeared alongside Laurie in the UK ITV series Perspectives, singing music from the album in New Orleans.
    In May 2011, Jones appeared as guest vocalist on the debut album Let Them Talk by Hugh Laurie.
  • 2010
    Age 69
    Jones announced that his new album Praise & Blame would be released on 26 July 2010.
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    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".
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    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.
    By 2010, Jones had sold over 100 million records.
    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".
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    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.
  • 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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    On 16 November 2008 Jones was invited to perform on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
    In 2008 also Tom Jones was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
    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.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 62
    Jones received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2003.
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  • 2002
    Age 61
    In 2002 Jones released the album Mr. Jones, which was produced by Wyclef Jean.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 1997
    Age 56
    In 1997, Jones did the soundtrack for the comedy film The Full Monty, recording "You Can Leave Your Hat On".
  • 1994
    Age 53
    Jones performed the song at the 1994 MTV Europe Music Awards, which he also served as host for.
  • 1993
    Age 52
    Jones signed with Interscope Records in 1993 and released the album The Lead And How To Swing It.
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  • 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.
  • FORTIES
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    In 1987, Tom Jones re-entered the singles chart with "A Boy From Nowhere", which went to No. 2 in the UK.
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  • 1986
    Age 45
    Jones's manager Gordon Mills died of cancer on 29 July 1986, and Jones's son Mark became his manager.
  • THIRTIES
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 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!
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  • 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).
    As a result of the show, Jones was nominated in 1969 for a Golden Globe for "best actor".
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    Jones had an internationally successful television variety show titled This Is Tom Jones from 1969 to 1971.
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    Jones's guitarist between 1969 and 1974 was Big Jim Sullivan, who also met and formed a friendship with Presley.
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  • 1967
    Age 26
    In 1967, Jones performed in Las Vegas for the first time at the Flamingo.
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  • 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.
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    Jones was also awarded the Grammy Award for Best New Artist for 1966.
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    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.
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  • 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.
  • 1964
    Age 23
    Eventually, Mills got Jones a recording contract with Decca. His first single, "Chills and Fever", was released in late 1964.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 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.
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    In March 1957 Jones married his high school girlfriend, Linda Trenchard when they were expecting a child together, both aged 16.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born on June 7, 1940.
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