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Tom Jones Biography

Tom Jones
  • Age: 77 years old
  • Birth Nation: United Kingdom
  • Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
  • Birth Sign: Gemini
  • Name: Tom Jones
  • Birth Name: Sir Thomas John Woodward
  • Father: Freda Jones
  • Mother: Thomas Woodward
  • Nationality: Welsh
  • Birth Place/City: Pontypridd
  • Ethnicity: Mixed
  • Working For: Rock and soul singer
  • Married: Yes
  • Married to: Melinda Trenchard (m. 1957)
  • Divorce: Melinda Trenchard (Div.2016)
  • Awards: Grammy Award
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Synopsis

Singing legend, Tom Jones is a rock, pop and soul singer. Emerged as a vocalist, he has been an international hitmaker over last five decades. He has been honored with several awards for his significant works. His hit singles include "Green Green Grass of Home," "It's Not Unusual," "Till," "Delilah," and "A Boy From Nowhere."

Early Life and Education

Jones was born on June 7, 1940, in Pontypridd, Wales, to a traditional coal-mining family. He belongs to Welsh nationality and is of mixed ethnicity. His mother was of Welsh and English ancestry, and his father was of English descent.

Jones is the son of, Thomas Woodward and Freda Jones. HIs father was a coal miner. He attended Wood Road Infants School, Wood Road Junior School, and Pontypridd Central Secondary Modern School.

Jones was interested towards singing since his childhood days. He used to sing at a family gathering, in his school choir and weddings. Also, he liked to listen to music, aired on BBC radio. He did not like school or sports. 

Professional Career

Jones started his singing career in 1963. His voice was described as a " full-throated, robust baritone.' He began as the frontman for the band, ‘Tommy Scott and the Senators’. The crowds loved the group, but as it was a non-urban area, the growth was limited.

Jones met Gordon Mills who later became his manager bringing him to London. The artist changed his name to Tom Jones; he decided to pursue a new solo career. 

Jones signed a contract with Decca Records, where he made his debut with single, ‘Chills and Fever.’ The single was released in 1964.

His second single, the groovy and carefree "It's Not Unusual was a great hit. It peaked at No.1 on the British charts in 1963 and was an American top 10 hit as well.

After releasing some hit songs, he launched his TV show in the year 1969 under the title’, ‘This Is Tom Jones.’ The show ran till 1971 and became internationally famous.

Jones' all time-hit songs include "She's a Lady," "Till," and "The Young New Mexican Puppeteer," after traveling all around the world through the 70s. Jones signed a deal with the ‘Interscope Records’ in 1993. He launched the album, ‘The Lead And How To Swing It.’

Also, he also became a judge on the BBC talent show, The Voice UK in March 2012 alongside Jessie J, will.i.am and Danny O'Donoghue. He appeared in a special 90-minute show, called Children in Need alongside Rob Brydon.

Personal Life

Tom Jones,77, is a married man and has a son. He married his childhood sweetheart, Melinda Rose Trenchard.  The couple tied their knots on March 2, 1957. They both were only 16 years old at that time. They had a son named Mark Woodward.

According to Jones, he has slept with up to 250 women a year but cites his wife as his beloved ones. He has been involved in many romantic relationships with several Hollywood divas. His affairs include singer Mary Wilson, TV host Charlotte Laws, and former Miss World Marjorie Wallace.

The American actress, Cassandra Peterson has said that she lost her virginity to Jones. In the year 1987, Jones had a brief relationship with model Katherine Berkery during the US Tour. She became pregnant after the relationship.

There was a legal battle including DNA test, and in 1989 it was declared that Jones was the father of the boy. Even though Jones is the biological father, he doesn't want to meet his son, Jonathan Berkery.

In 2009, Jones said that he and his wife, Linda were planning to move back to the United Kingdom after they resided in the US for 35 years.

"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".

Jones’s wife Linda died after a 'short but fierce battle with cancer,' on 10 April 2016 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He had a difficult year after the death of his wife. The couple had a successful relationship for 59 years.

After the death of her, Jones revealed the statement, which showed love and affection towards his wife. He added that he still remembers his wife and her voice. 

“I hear her voice. I see her a lot at night. When I dream that she’s still here and then I wake up and she’s not, that’s the hardest.”

Jones is a good friend of the Priscilla Presley, wife of rock 'n' roll icon Elvis Presley. They had remain friends since their party days in the late 60s and 70s. 

Jones was diagnosed with tuberculosis and many years later, talking about the time while he was recovering from tuberculosis, he stated;

 "I spent two years in bed recovering. It was the worst time of my life." 

After that, Jones began working as a laborer and a door-to-door salesman. During his early age, he influenced by several blues and R&B singers including Little RichardSolomon BurkeJackie WilsonBrook BentonJerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley as well.

Net Worth and Body Measurement

Jones is one of the most popular vocalists who emerged from the British Invasion. He stands 5 feet 10 inches tall. He has earned a tremendous amount of money from his long music career. He has performed in more than 50 concerts in 18 countries.

Jones earned $504k as a judge on reality show named The Voice 2013. He earned $840k as a judge on The Voice 2014. 

Jones' album Praise Blame reached No. 2 on the UK album chart, with the successful sales of more than 130k copies. As of 2017, his net worth is estimated to be $250 million.

Jones bought the red-brick mansion at 363 Copa De Oro Road worth $5000,000 in June 1976. The mansion is located in the East Gate Old Air in Los Angeles. He sold the house for $6.469 million in 1998. 

In October 2005, Michael Joseph, a British publisher published his autobiography titled, Over the Top and Back.

Awards and Achievements 

Jones has been honored with several awards in his career. He received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966. His other awards include 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. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for services to music in 2006.

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