Heard the name Tom Jones but still wondering exactly who he is? Well, Jones is a Welsh singer whose vocal career has spanned over five decades. Springing up in the early 1960s, Tom Jones has over the years held music lovers spellbound with his powerful and soul-stirring baritone. So far, fans across the globe have bought over one hundred million copies of Jones’ records, with over fifty of them having made the Top 40 list in the UK and US put together. Among his most popular hit songs are “It’s Not Unusual”, “Green Green Grass of Home”, “Sex Bomb”, “Delilah”, “She’s a Lady” and “Kiss”.
For his exceptional music performances, Jones has received numerous awards including a Grammy, an MTV and two Brits. He also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989. The talented singer, later on, received Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and knight titles from Queen Elizabeth II in 1999 and 2006 respectively. Jones has been the lead coach and judge of BBC One/ITV’s talent show, The Voice UK since 2012.
Who Is Tom Jones (Biography, Age)
He was born as Thomas John Woodward in the United Kingdom on June 7, 1940. Jones came alive precisely at 57 Kingsland Terrace, in the Treforest village of Pontypridd town, Glamorganshire county, South Wales. He attended the Treforest Primary School in Wood Road, Pontypridd before proceeding to Treforest Pontypridd Central Secondary Modern School.
Growing up, Tom Jones never loved academics. He rather had all his interest in music and partying. He was a member of the school choir and always presented renditions at family and other social gatherings from childhood. From the age of twelve when he suffered and recovered from tuberculosis, Jones would listen to music to cope. Gradually developing his voice, he received inspiration from R&B, blues, pop and rock singers such as Jackie Wilson, Little Richard, Brook Benton, Elvis Presley, Solomon Burke, and Lee Lewis.
However, before his music career budded, Tom Jones got his high school girlfriend, Melinda “Linda” Trenchard pregnant. The duo consequently wedded in March 1957 aged 16 and 15 respectively. They welcomed their son, Mark Woodward just a month after the wedding. Mark would later become Tom Jones’ manager starting from 1987. In order to take care of his very young family, Jones quit high school and did menial jobs, including working at a glove manufacturing factory and later a construction company.
In 1963, Tom Jones began singing with Welsh beat band, Tommy Scott and the Senators, serving as their lead vocalist. On one of his outings with the band, he caught the attention of Gordon Mills, a London-based music manager. Mills later took him to England in 1964 and also became his manager. It was at this point that he changed his name to “Tom Jones” (on Mills’ direction), with the aim of tapping popularity from the hit 1963 film of the same title. He also signed to Decca Records in 1964, releasing his debut song, “Chills and Fever” later in the year.
Several other singles followed in 1965 and ’66, with many of them including “It’s Not Unusual”, “Green Green Grass of Home”, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”, “Delilah”, and “I’m Coming Home” topping U.K and U.S charts. His songs also themed a number of hit films within the period including What’s New Pussycat?, earning himself a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1966. Jones as well performed several hit concerts in Las Vegas.
Between 1969 and 1971, Tom Jones starred in the ITV/ABC variety show, This Is Tom Jones. Within this period, Jones also released a number of hit singles including “She’s a Lady”, “Till”, and “Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow”. He later starred in a self-titled variety show from 1980 to 1981.
Tom Jones subsequently did several successful collaborations until the 1990s when he independently released a number of albums including Reload (1999). He also made appearances in several television films/series including The Simpsons (1993), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1993), Mars Attacks! (1996), and Agnes Browne (1999).
The legendary crooner later released several other albums including Tom Jones & Jools Holland (2004), 24 Hours (2008), Praise & Blame (2010), Spirit in the Room (2012), and Long Lost Suitcase (2015). In all, Tom Jones has forty-one studio albums and hundreds of songs to his credit.
On April 10, 2016, Tom Jones lost his wife of fifty-nine years, Linda Trenchard to cancer. Despite remaining married to Tom Jones all her life, Trenchard had close to nothing of his fame as Jones led a highly promiscuous life. The music knight admitted to annually sleeping with up to two hundred and fifty groupies in the course of his music career. He also had several well-publicized flings with many women; most of whom were celebrities. One of such flings with American model, Katherine Berkery produced a son named Jonathan Berkery in 1987. The same year, Jones released a single titled “A Boy from Nowhere”, possibly inspired by his denial of Jonathan’s paternity.
Is Tom Jones Still Alive?
Sir Tom is very much alive and kicking. Most interestingly, he is still active in his music career. The only difference is the fact that he is growing old, alongside a not-too-good health status.
Sir Jones wowed fans with a vibrant and energetic performance that denied his age at his July 21, 2019, concert at Castle Park, Colchester. The legendary singer performed at the Slessor Gardens and Chester Racecourse on July 27th and August 12, 201.
How Much Is His Net Worth?
Sir Tom Jones’ estimated net worth stands between $250 and $300 million. He amassed the mouthwatering worth from his entertainment career including music, TV shows, and acting roles. Among numerous other grossing career heights, his 1969-79 show, This Is Tom Jones reportedly earned him a whopping $9,000,000.
Tom Jones’ Height
Tom Jones has an average height of 5 feet 10 inches, an approximate equivalent of 1.78 meters. Even in old age, Jones still maintains a trim and fit body.