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- June 7, 1940
Tom Jones (born Thomas Jones Woodward in Glamorgan, Wales on June 7, 1940) is a Welsh singer who rose to fame in the mid- 1960s with hits like, “She’s A Lady” and “Whats New Pussycat.” In total, Tom has sold over 100 million records and in 2006 he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
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Tom Jones is best known for his mega hits, “She’s A Lady,” and “It’s Not Unusual.” Tom also revealed that during the height of his career he would sleep with up to 250 groupies a year. Tom had a resurgence of popularity in the new millennium and is currently a judge on The Voice UK. In his over fifty year career Tom has won several awards including a Grammy for Best New Artist and an MTV Video Music Award for Best Breakthrough Video for his song, “Kiss” in 1989.
Tom Jones was diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 12 which he later said caused him to stay in bed for almost 2 years. At the age of 16, Tom married his wife Melinda Trenchard and a month later they welcomed their son Mark. In 1963, he joined the group Tommy Scott and the Senators as the frontman. Tom went solo in 1964 with his mega hit, “It’s Not Unusual” and in 1966 he was awarded the honor of Best New Artist at the Grammys. A few years later he came to America to perform at Las Vegas where he forged a friendship with his longtime idol, Elvis Presley. Besides a very successful music career, Tom has had several Television shows including This Is Tom Jones. During the 80s Tom turned his focus to Country Music. His popularity increased again in the new millennium after President Bill Clinton invited him to perform on New Years Eve in Washington. In 2006 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.