Tom Jones

Born 7 June 1940.

Welsh pop singer

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Biography

Sir Thomas Jones Woodward, OBE (born 7 June 1940), known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. He became one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the mid-1960s. Since then he has sung nearly every form of popular music – pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel – and sold over 100 million records.

Jones has had thirty-six Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom and nineteen in the United States; some of his notable songs include "It's Not Unusual", "What's New Pussycat", "Delilah", "Green, Green Grass of Home", "She's a Lady", "Kiss" and "Sex Bomb".

Having been awarded an OBE in 1999, Jones received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music" in 2006. Jones has received numerous other awards throughout his career, including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, an MTV Video Music Award in 1989 and two Brit Awards – winning Best British Male, in 2000, and Outstanding Contribution to Music, in 2003.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Spirit in the Room

    Spirit in the Room 2012

    Reviewed by John Aizlewood
    Neither a sea-change nor a slump, this 40th studio LP finds Sir Tom on fine form.
  2. Review of Praise & Blame

    Praise & Blame 2010

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    A confusing release that will appeal little to those beyond Jones’ generation.
  3. Review of 24 Hours

    24 Hours 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    It seems that the hippest thing Tom can now do is sound like himself.
  4. Review of The Definitive Collection

    The Definitive Collection 2003

    Reviewed by Adam Webb
    This really is the definitive collection from a much-loved legend.