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  • Real name : Thomas John Woodward
  • Place of birth : Pontypridd
  • Date of birth : 07/06/1940

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  • Jones Tom
  • Sir Tom Jones
  • Thomas John Woodward

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Tom Jones (1940)

Thomas John Woodward

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Sir Thomas John Woodward, OBE , known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer.
Since the mid 1960s, Jones has sung many styles of popular music – pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, techno, soul and gospel – and sold over 100 million records. He has been confirmed as one of the judges on upcoming talent show, The Voice UK, where he will judge alongside, Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue of The Script, and Will.i.am.

  Biography  

 early life
Tom Jones was born at 57, Kingsland Terrace, Treforest, Pontypridd in South Wales. His parents were Thomas Woodward , a coal miner, and Freda Jones . His family was mainly of English descent, both of his paternal grandparents having been born in England and his maternal grandmother having English parents. Most of his ancestral roots appear to lie in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset.

Jones began singing at an early age: he would regularly sing at family gatherings, weddings and in his school choir. Jones is dyslexic and did not like school or sports but was able to gain 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.

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 Jerry Lee Lewis’s music.

In March 1957 Jones married his high school girlfriend, Melinda Trenchard when they were expecting a child together, both aged 16. The couple had a son named Mark who was born 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.

 personal life
Jones has remained married to Melinda since 1957, despite his many well publicised infidelities. His philandering once led her to beat him black and blue. They have one son, Mark Woodward . She snapped after reading about one infidelity in a newspaper. She punched and kicked him, but Jones did not fight back: "I took it," Jones said. Jones has had affairs with such well-known women as Mary Wilson of The Supremes, former Miss World Marjorie Wallace and Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Peterson claims that she lost her virginity to Jones.

One affair resulted in the birth of a son. In October 1987, while on tour in America, Jones had a brief relationship with model Katherine Berkery. Three months later Berkery discovered that she was pregnant. After a lengthy fight and DNA testing an American court ruled in 1989 that Jones is the boy's father. He flatly denied paternity for 20 years but finally admitted it in 2008. However he made no suggestion that he wanted to meet his son Jonathan Berkery.

Jones moved to the United States in 1974 on the advice of his accountant in order to avoid Britain's newly introduced 83% top rate of tax, buying Dean Martin's former mansion in the East Gate Old Bel Air in Los Angeles. In 2009, after 35 years in America, he revealed that he and Melinda were planning to move back to the United Kingdom. "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." However, on The Chris Moyles Show on 27 July 2009, he said he still lives in Los Angeles and will remain there for the foreseeable future as he still frequently visits the United Kingdom.

Tom Jones is the father of two sons and grandfather of two grandchildren.

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Name Duration Released
Nobody's Fault but Mine 03:40 26/07/2010
Don't Knock 02:16 26/07/2010
If I Give My Soul 03:30 26/07/2010
Burning Hell 00:00 26/07/2010
Strange Things 03:00 26/07/2010
Did Trouble Me 04:15 26/07/2010
Run On 03:58 26/07/2010
Lord Help 03:41 26/07/2010
Ain't No Grave 03:08 26/07/2010
What Good Am I? 03:51 26/07/2010
Didn't It Rain 03:21 26/07/2010
Whatever It Takes 03:59 2002
I Who Have Nothing 03:43 2002
Holiday 03:29 2002
Feel The Rain 03:23 2002
Younger Days 05:23 2002
We've Got Tonight 03:35 2002
Tom Jones International 03:19 2002
This Is My Life 03:30 2002
The Letter 03:48 2002
Jezebel 03:58 2002
Black Betty 03:10 2002
Heaven's Been A Long Time Coming 03:26 2002
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone 03:40 1999
She Drives Me Crazy 00:00 1999
Sunny Afternoon 03:26 1999
Ain't That a Lot of Love 02:42 1999
All Mine 03:59 1999
Little Green Bag 03:49 1999
Are You Gonna Go My Way 03:27 1999
Lust for Life 03:42 1999
Mama Told Me Not to Come 03:00 1999
Sometimes We Cry 05:00 1999
Burning Down the House 03:39 1999
Looking Out My Window 03:19 1999
Motherless Child 05:09 1999
You Need Love Like I Do 03:49 1999
Baby, It's Cold Outside 03:41 1999
Sexbomb 03:31 1999
Never Tear Us Apart 03:08 1999
She's a Lady 03:42 14/07/1971
Once Upon a Time 02:07 21/05/1965
Some Other Guy 02:31 21/05/1965
Skye Boat Song 02:59 21/05/1965
If You Need Me 02:38 21/05/1965
It Takes a Worried Man 02:40 21/05/1965
The Rose - Version 2 02:53 21/05/1965
I've Got a Heart 02:33 21/05/1965
Autumn Leaves 03:08 21/05/1965
It's Not Unusual 01:58 21/05/1965
I Need Your Loving 02:38 21/05/1965
Spanish Harlem 03:18 21/05/1965
Whatcha' Gonna Do 03:07 21/05/1965
It's Just a Matter of Time 02:42 21/05/1965
Memphis, Tennessee 02:40 21/05/1965
Endlessly 03:19 21/05/1965
Worried Man 02:36 1965

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