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I don’t know about you, but it seems like it’s been a really long day. Soon it will be time to gather over dinner and “reflect” on what we’ve seen and heard. But we still a little time to spend here in the recording studio. Who is THIS coming through the door now??? OML! It’s Tom! Be still my heart!!! ❤

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Sir Thomas John Woodward (born 7 June 1940), also known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. His career has spanned six decades, from his emergence as a vocalist in the mid-1960’s with a string of top hits, regular touring, appearances in Las Vegas (1967–2011), and career comebacks—to coaching on The Voice UK from 2012.

His performing range has included pop, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel. In 2008, the New York Times called Jones a musical “shape shifter”, who could “slide from soulful rasp to pop croon, with a voice as husky as it was pretty”. Jones has sold over 100 million records with thirty-six Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom and nineteen in the United States, including “It’s Not Unusual”, “What’s New Pussycat”, “Delilah”, “Green, Green Grass of Home”, “She’s a Lady”, “Kiss”, and “Sex Bomb”.

Jones has also occasionally dabbled in acting, making his debut playing the leading role in the 1979 television film Pleasure Cove as well as playing himself in Tim Burton’s 1996 film Mars Attacks! (Sseriously! Why did he do that!!! 😦 ) In 2012, he played a dramatic role in an episode of Playhouse Presents.

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. Jones was awarded an OBE in 1999 and in 2006 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music.

(What’s an OBE? An OBE is a Queen’s honour given to an individual for a major local role in any activity such as business, charity or the public sector. OBE stands for Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.)

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. (Sure didn’t seem to keep him from singing!)

Jones’ bluesy singing style developed out of the sound of American soul music. His early influences included blues and R&B singers Little Richard, Solomon Burke, Jackie Wilson and Brook Benton, as well as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

In March 1957 Jones married his high school girlfriend, Linda Trenchard when they were expecting a child together, both aged 16. 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.

Jones’ 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. 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, Jones was spotted by Gordon Mills, a London-based manager who also originally hailed from South Wales. Mills became Jones’ manager, took the young singer to London, and also renamed him “Tom Jones”, to exploit the popularity of the Academy Award-winning 1963 film.

Eventually, Mills got Jones a recording contract with Decca. His first single, “Chills and Fever”, was released in late 1964. 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’ 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. During 1965, Mills secured a number of film themes for Jones to record, including the theme songs for the film What’s New Pussycat? (written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David) and also for the James Bond film Thunderball. Jones was also awarded the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966.

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 dueting until the early hours at Presley’s private Las Vegas suite. The friendship endured until Presley’s death in 1977.

In 1966, Jones’ popularity began to slip somewhat, causing Mills to reshape the singer’s image into that of a crooner. 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.

In 1967, Jones performed in Las Vegas for the first time at the Flamingo. 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 played at least one week in Las Vegas on an annual basis until 2011.

Jones had an internationally successful television variety show titled This Is Tom Jones from 1969 to 1971. The ATV-produced show was worth a reported $9,000,000 to Jones over three years. It was broadcast by ITV in the UK and by ABC in the US. As a result of the show, Jones was nominated in 1969 for a Golden Globe for “best actor”. From 1980 to 1981, he had a second television variety show, Tom Jones, that was produced in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and lasted for 24 episodes.

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-1970’s his popularity declined. 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, No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached No. 40 on the UK Singles Chart.

In the early 1980’s, Jones started to record country music. 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. Jones’ manager Gordon Mills died of cancer on 29 July 1986, and Jones’ son Mark became his manager. In 1987, Tom Jones re-entered the singles chart with “A Boy From Nowhere”, which went to No. 2 in the UK. 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.

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. In 1992, he made his first appearance at the UK’s Glastonbury Festival, and in 1993 he appeared as himself in episodes of two popular U.S. sitcoms, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Simpsons.

U.S. President Bill Clinton invited Jones to perform on New Year’s Eve at the 2000 millennium celebrations in Washington D.C. Throughout the year 2000, Jones garnered a number of honours for his work. He was hired as the new voice of Australia’s National Rugby League, singing in an advertisement to market the 2000 season.

In 2002, Jones released the album Mr. Jones, which was produced by Haitian-American rapper Wyclef Jean. The album and the first single, “Tom Jones International”, were top 40 hits in the UK.[44]

Jones received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2003. 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.

On 28 May 2005, in celebration of his upcoming sixty-fifth birthday, Jones returned to his homeland to perform a concert in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd before an audience of about 20,000. This was his first performance in Pontypridd since 1964.That same year, the BBC reported that Jones was Wales’ wealthiest entertainer, having amassed a fortune of £175,000,000. Jones collaborated with Australian pop singer John Farnham in 2005 and released the live album John Farnham & Tom Jones – Together in Concert. 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.

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. 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.”

There just isn’t enough time to list all Jones’ accomplishments and history. If you wish to read more, please see Tom Jones.

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“She’s a Lady” is a million-selling gold-certified hit song written by Paul Anka and performed by Tom Jones, and released at the beginning of 1971. It is Jones’ highest-charting single in the U.S. to date (and his final Billboard Top Ten hit), hitting #1 in Cash Box magazine for a week and spending one week at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Anka rewrote the first verse of the song (recorded with Jones) for his 2013 Duets album, because he disliked its chauvinistic sentiments. The songs was also a #4 hit on the US Billboard Easy Listening chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 25 song for 1971. In Canada, the single reached #1 on the RPM 100 national singles chart.

I LOVE this song! 😀

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Picture Sources:
Young Tom — Famous Biographies
“Mature” Tom — Esquire Middle East