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Sir Tom Jones is discharged from Monte Carlo hospital

  • 31 August 2011
  • From the section Wales
Sir Tom Jones
Sir Tom Jones's management thanked fans for their good wishes

Singer Sir Tom Jones has been released from hospital following a health scare.

The 71-year-old had been admitted to Princess Grace Hospital in Monte Carlo at the weekend.

He cancelled a concert in Monaco - the last of his three-month tour - on doctor's orders after suffering from severe dehydration.

His spokesman said: "Sir Tom was released from hospital yesterday [Tuesday] and is now in very good health."

'Thoughtful'

He added: "A big thankyou to all for your concern, your messages and wishes have been very thoughtful."

Born on 7 June 1940 in Treforest in the south Wales valleys, Sir Tom began singing at an young age at family gatherings, weddings and his mother's Women's Guild meetings.

At the age of 16 he left school, working nights in a paper mill and became the leather-clad lead singer of Tommy Scott and the Senators but they failed to gain much success.

Then he was spotted by London-based manager Gordon Mills who recognised his potential, seeing his second single, It's Not Unusual, becoming a major hit.

He became a star on both sides of the Atlantic, and has sold more than 100m records to date.

A year ago, Sir Tom released Praise and Blame, an album with roots in gospel and American traditional music.

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