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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 7 June 1940Pontypridd, Wales, UK
Birth NameThomas John Woodward
Nicknames Tiger
The Voice
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Jones was born Thomas Jones Woodward in Pontypridd, South Wales, to a traditional coal-mining family, the son of Freda (Jones) and Thomas Woodward. His father was of English descent and his mother was of Welsh and English ancestry. He began singing at an early age in church and in the school choir. Left school at 16 and was married, having a son a year later. He brought in money for his family from an assortment of jobs, singing in pubs at night. By 1963, he was playing regularly with his own group in the demanding atmosphere of working mens clubs. Gordon Mills, a performer who had branched out into songwriting and management went to see him. He became his manager and landed him a record contract in 1964. They made a great team and had huge international success with their second single, a song penned by Mr Mills -- "It's Not Unusual." An avalanche of gold singles and albums followed. Mr Jones, a vocal powerhouse, has sustained his popularity for over three decades, and his recordings have spanned the spectrum of musical styles. Now lives with his wife Melinda in homes in Wales and California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: BlackKnight1(vanessawhistler@ntlworld.com

Spouse (1)

Linda Trenchard (2 March 1957 - present) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Rich, lifting baritone voice

Trivia (30)

Has a sister named Shelia Woodward.
Had a debut UK #1 with "It's Not Unusual" in 1965.
Had UK 26 Top 20 hits between 1965 and 1999.
He won a Grammy as Best New Artist in 1965.
Singer.
His son Mark is now his manager.
Son, Mark Woodward (born April 11, 1957), with wife, Linda Trenchard.
Lives in Bel Air, Los Angeles.
Won a Brit Award for Best Male Artist in 2000 for the first time in more than 30 years of his music career.
He once performed "It's Not Unusual" live to the audience, and as he was dancing, he ripped the bottom part of his trousers!.
Contrary to widespread belief, "it's Not Unusual" was not his debut single. "Chills and Fever" was released six months earlier. It later became an audience favorite.
His song "Sex Bomb" was so successful, a group of girls in the Philippines was formed and named after the song. That group was very successful 3 years after the song was released.
Allegedly passed out in the studio after holding the final note of "Thunderball," while recording the song from the James Bond movie of the same name.
He was awarded an O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to music.
He was awarded Knighthood in the 2006 British New Year's Honours List for his services to music.
Is a big fan of American country-music legend "Gentleman" Jim Reeves (1923-1964), once describing him in an interview as having a "wonderful smooth style".
Winner of the 2003 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution.
While visiting the US, Jones met Elvis Presley in the set of Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) and their friendship began. Later Jones and Presley met a couple of times in Las Vegas.
Elvis Presley was a frequent guest at Jones' Las Vegas shows in the 1970s. In one show, Presley came to the stage, took the microphone from Jones and made some karate moves for the audience.
He and Shirley Bassey are the only two Welsh artists to have sung title songs from the James Bond series of movies, as of 2007.
Good friend with British pop star Robbie Williams.
Ranked #61 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Insured his chest hairs for $7 million [February 7, 2008].
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2nd male vocalist to perform a James Bond film opening credits. The first was Matt Monro who sang the opening titles for the film ' From Russia With Love'.
The Sunday Times List estimates his net worth at $213 million.
On December 14, 2008 on Top Gear he said there was absolutely no truth to the story that his chest hair was ever insured; for any sum.
His maternal grandfather was of Welsh ancestry, while his three other grandparents were of English descent.
He's touring the States and will be in Las Vegas, Nevada for two weeks starting March 2nd, 2006. [February 2006]
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada [June 2002]

Personal Quotes (10)

[after being formally knighted at Buckingham Palace] It is fantastic. It was lovely to see the Queen again. I love seeing the Queen and I have always been a royalist. She has got a great smile and her whole face lights up when she smiles. I told her I have been in show business 41 years successfully and she said to me that I had given a lot of people a lot of pleasure. I come from a coal-mining, working-class background. My father was a coal miner. Today is just tremendous. When you first come into show business and you get a hit record, it is the start of something. As time goes on, it just gets better. This is the best thing that I have had. It is a wonderful feeling, a heady feeling. Sometimes you just can't believe it, you think you have been dreaming.
On singing privately with Elvis Presley in Hawaii in 1968: There was a Kris Kristofferson song called 'Why Me, Lord' and he would sing it continuously. Once he got hold of one that he liked he would never stop. I would try and get out of the suite, because sometimes he would stay on in Vegas, and I was having to do two shows a night, and I'd be singing with him and I'd say, 'I've got to go. The sun's coming up and I've got to rest my voice because I've been singing all night with you.' He'd say OK, and I'd go, and just when I got to the door he'd start again. 'Uh-why me Lord, uh - what have I uh-ever done ...' We'd already done it 30 or 40 times.
He didn't become worldly. He was always in his own world, and enjoying it. When that worked, fine. He wanted guys around him, wanted to create his own thing, which was a simple life. He loved to play [American] football and he had his own team. But because he was Elvis Presley, no one wanted to tackle him hard.
It's one extreme to the other. I've had a lot of crosses and Bibles given to me but then one woman made a ceramic penis - she figured that's what mine looked like, I suppose.
I'm a lyric man - I'm always looking for meaningful songs.
Not to be a name-dropper but Frank Sinatra once told me: "Tom, you don't have to hit everything hard. If you keep hammering everything, you're gonna hurt yourself."
When I started recording, I thought I'd be able to do all kinds of records: jazz, country, dance - and I've always wanted to do a gospel album.
The problem I had in the '70s was that the Labour Government got in, and the tax went through the roof. I was doing big tours in America at the time, and when I toured America in 1974 my accountant said, 'Think about not coming back, because as soon as you set foot in Britain, everything you've worked for this year will go, the Government will take it all in tax'. (On his move to Los Angeles)
You had The Beatles and Stones [The Rolling Stones] covering American R&B, The Pretty Things, The Animals, the whole British Invasion - we were all massive fans of soul music, and Solomon's [Solomon Burke] influence was huge on the songs we chose. Everyone did Cry To Me, that was a staple in my live show, and If You Need Me. We copied his treatment of the songs and the way he handled himself on-stage, he was so expressive. He would suck you right into the song, that's what you wanted to do when you sang. He had a sweetness about his voice as well, he could sing lightly, like on Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms).
[on Solomon Burke] I first saw Solomon at the Flamingo in 1965, the first soul singer I saw live, and he was amazing. I listened to Otis Redding and Sam & Dave, but he was always the best because he had a melodic way to him, he was more like a proper singer, and you know we became friends right away. He was just such a sweet man. The next time I saw him sing, I can't remember the night club, but it was 1965 again. I went backstage and he gave me a crown and said, 'You can't be the king of rock'n'soul because I am, but you can be the Prince of Wales.' He was such a lovely, lovely man, a family man, with a great sense of humor, a great personality, and a passion for music and people.

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