Tom Jones - Welsh Singer, Life Achievements and Facts

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Read about Tom Jones, a famous Welsh singer in this biography which has all the relevant information about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.

InformationDetail
BirthdayJune 7, 1940
NationalityBritish
FamousWelsh Singer, School Dropouts, Singers
SpousesMelinda Trenchard (m. 1957–2016)
Known asSir Thomas John Woodward
Childrens Jonathan Berkery, Mark Woodward
Height177cm
GenderMale
FatherThomas Woodward
MotherFreda Jones
Net Worth$250 Million as of Jun 17,2017
Sun SignGemini
Famous asWelsh singer

// Famous Welsh Singer

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Who is Tom Jones?

One of the most well-known singers of today’s generation, Tom Jones is a Welsh singer who has been entertaining the audiences since the 1960s. A musical genius, he has sung and excelled in several genres of music which include pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel. Many of his albums and songs have been immensely successful and have sold millions of copies. As he rose to stardom, he was offered several films, which, he declined and went on to say that “I've been asked to do things – films and that – in the past, but they were always too cheesy, and always musicals”. Today, his success is nearly unparalleled, while, keeping in mind the fact that he is 73 and is still able to perform in the same manner as he used to during his younger days. Even after winning several awards and being bestowed with the most prestigious of honors including knighthood by the Queen, Jones shows no signs of slowing down. His enthusiasm and the burning passion for music are ceaseless! He is an artiste at heart and continues to perform at several important and prestigious events, all over the world. Learn more about his life and career in the article below.

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Childhood & Early Life

Born as Thomas John Woodward, in South Wales, Tom’s musical talents were evident form a very young age. As a child, he enjoyed singing at family gatherings and school choirs and liked to listen to music, aired on BBC radio.

He never liked going to schools hence, dropped-out at the age of 16 and began working as a laborer and a door-to-door salesman.

Career

In 1963, he joined the band ‘Tommy Scott and the Senators’ which became extremely popular with the local crowd. In 1964, Gordon Mills, a London-based successful music industry manager recognized his talents, which proved to be life changing for Jones.

Gordon Mills brought the young singer to London and changed his name to Tom Jones and got him to sign a contract with Decca Records. His first single ‘Chills and Fever’ was released in 1964.

The song could not make an impact, but its follow-up, 'It's Not Unusual', released in 1965, went on to become a great success. He became a celebrity instantly and was even invited to the ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’.

By 1968, he had released a number of hit songs and in 1969 began his own TV show, ‘This Is Tom Jones’, which ran till 1971.

After traveling all around the world through the 70s and released a number of hit singles such as "She's a Lady", "Till", and "The Young New Mexican Puppeteer".

Though he failed to make a mark with his singles during the early 80s, he hit the singles chart with another single ‘A Boy From Nowhere’, released in 1987. Following the success of this single, he collaborated with artist, Van Morrison to release ‘Carry a Torch’.

In 1993, he signed a contract with the ‘Interscope Records’ and released the album, ‘The Lead And How To Swing It’ from which the single, ‘If I Only Knew’ became a huge hit.

His next big hit was ‘Reload’ for which he joined hands with a number of artists such as, Natalie Imbruglia, Cerys Matthews, Van Morrison, Mousse T, Robbie Williams, etc.

In 2000, he was invited by President Bill Clinton on New Year's Eve to perform in Washington D.C. after a couple of years he released his next album, ‘Mr. Jones’ which enjoyed a fair amount of success.

In 2007, he was invited to perform at the ‘Concert for Diana’ organized at the Wembley Stadium, along with several world famous artists. In 2008, he released ‘24 Hours’, from which the single, ‘If He Should Ever Leave You’ was a huge hit.

He released another album ‘Praise & Blame’ to rave reviews in 2010. The album is considered one of his best works so far.

In 2012, he was invited to judge the immensely popular reality singing competition, ‘The Voice UK’ along with other judges including, Jessie J, will.i.am and Danny O'Donoghue.

Major Works

‘It's Not Unusual’, the singer’s second solo was a worldwide hit, peaking at no. 10 in the U.S. The song was also featured in the U.S. sitcom series, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’.

In 1966, he sang ‘Green, Green Grass of Home’ a song originally by Johnny Darrell. The song was a huge success, reaching no.1 worldwide and selling more than a million copies in UK.

‘Delilah’, recorded by him in 1968, reached no. 1 in Germany and Switzerland, no. 2 in Britain and no. 15 in the U.S.

In 1971, ‘She's a Lady’, another single by the artist, which catapulted his fame to great heights. The song reached no. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it his highest-charting single.

Awards & Achievements

For the single ‘It's Not Unusual’, the singer won a Grammy Award in the category, ‘Best New Artist’ in 1966.

He received a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in 1989, for his contribution to music.

In 2000, he received the ‘Brit Award’ for being the ‘Best British Male’ and in 2003 he received the award again for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’.

In 2006, for his extraordinary contribution to music, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Personal Life & Legacy

Jones married Linda Trenchard in 1957 and they have a son Mark Woodward, who was born the same year.

He always attracted a lot of media attention for his extra-marital relationships, especially with some of the most famous women such as, singer Mary Wilson and the former Miss World Marjorie Wallace.

In 1989, after a long legal battle it was confirmed that he is the father of a son born to model Katherine Berkery, with whom he had a brief affair.

Trivia

This famous Welsh singer, who became popular from the mid-1960s, has insured his chest hair for $7 million!

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Tom Jones biography timelines

  • // 7th Jun 1940
    Born as Thomas John Woodward, in South Wales, Tom’s musical talents were evident form a very young age. As a child, he enjoyed singing at family gatherings and school choirs and liked to listen to music, aired on BBC radio.
  • // 1957
    Jones married Linda Trenchard in 1957 and they have a son Mark Woodward, who was born the same year.
  • // 1963 To 1964
    In 1963, he joined the band ‘Tommy Scott and the Senators’ which became extremely popular with the local crowd. In 1964, Gordon Mills, a London-based successful music industry manager recognized his talents, which proved to be life changing for Jones.
  • // 1964
    Gordon Mills brought the young singer to London and changed his name to Tom Jones and got him to sign a contract with Decca Records. His first single ‘Chills and Fever’ was released in 1964.
  • // 1965
    The song could not make an impact, but its follow-up, 'It's Not Unusual', released in 1965, went on to become a great success. He became a celebrity instantly and was even invited to the ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’.
  • // 1965 To 1972
    After traveling all around the world through the 70s and released a number of hit singles such as "She's a Lady", "Till", and "The Young New Mexican Puppeteer".
  • // 1965
    ‘It's Not Unusual’, the singer’s second solo was a worldwide hit, peaking at no. 10 in the U.S. The song was also featured in the U.S. sitcom series, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, he sang ‘Green, Green Grass of Home’ a song originally by Johnny Darrell. The song was a huge success, reaching no.1 worldwide and selling more than a million copies in UK.
  • // 1966
    For the single ‘It's Not Unusual’, the singer won a Grammy Award in the category, ‘Best New Artist’ in 1966.
  • // 1968 To 1971
    By 1968, he had released a number of hit songs and in 1969 began his own TV show, ‘This Is Tom Jones’, which ran till 1971.
  • // 1968
    ‘Delilah’, recorded by him in 1968, reached no. 1 in Germany and Switzerland, no. 2 in Britain and no. 15 in the U.S.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, ‘She's a Lady’, another single by the artist, which catapulted his fame to great heights. The song reached no. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it his highest-charting single.
  • // 1987
    Though he failed to make a mark with his singles during the early 80s, he hit the singles chart with another single ‘A Boy From Nowhere’, released in 1987. Following the success of this single, he collaborated with artist, Van Morrison to release ‘Carry a Torch’.
  • // 1989
    He received a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in 1989, for his contribution to music.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, after a long legal battle it was confirmed that he is the father of a son born to model Katherine Berkery, with whom he had a brief affair.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he signed a contract with the ‘Interscope Records’ and released the album, ‘The Lead And How To Swing It’ from which the single, ‘If I Only Knew’ became a huge hit.
  • // 1999
    His next big hit was ‘Reload’ for which he joined hands with a number of artists such as, Natalie Imbruglia, Cerys Matthews, Van Morrison, Mousse T, Robbie Williams, etc.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he was invited by President Bill Clinton on New Year's Eve to perform in Washington D.C. after a couple of years he released his next album, ‘Mr. Jones’ which enjoyed a fair amount of success.
  • // 2000 To 2003
    In 2000, he received the ‘Brit Award’ for being the ‘Best British Male’ and in 2003 he received the award again for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, for his extraordinary contribution to music, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, he was invited to perform at the ‘Concert for Diana’ organized at the Wembley Stadium, along with several world famous artists. In 2008, he released ‘24 Hours’, from which the single, ‘If He Should Ever Leave You’ was a huge hit.
  • // 2010
    He released another album ‘Praise & Blame’ to rave reviews in 2010. The album is considered one of his best works so far.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, he was invited to judge the immensely popular reality singing competition, ‘The Voice UK’ along with other judges including, Jessie J, will.i.am and Danny O'Donoghue.

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Tom Jones's FAQ

  • What is Tom Jones birthday?

    Tom Jones was born at 1940-06-07

  • What is Tom Jones nationalities?

    Tom Jones's nationalities is British

  • Who is Tom Jones spouses?

    Tom Jones's spouses is Melinda Trenchard (m. 1957–2016)

  • Who is Tom Jones childrens?

    Tom Jones's childrens is Jonathan Berkery, Mark Woodward

  • How tall is Tom Jones?

    Tom Jones's height is 177

  • Who is Tom Jones's father?

    Tom Jones's father is Thomas Woodward

  • Who is Tom Jones's mother?

    Tom Jones's mother is Freda Jones

  • What is Tom Jones's sun sign?

    Tom Jones is Gemini

  • How famous is Tom Jones?

    Tom Jones is famouse as Welsh singer