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Jones, Tom [Thomas John Woodward]



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Jones, Tom [Thomas John Woodward]


(b Treforest, nr Pontypridd, 7 June 1940). Welsh popular singer. He performed as a semi-professional rock and roll singer then the songwriter Gordon Mills became his manager (1964) and chose the stage name Tom Jones to capitalize on the recent success of a film version of Henry Fielding’s novel. During the second half of the 1960s he became one of the most well-known singers in Europe and North America. He was an exciting performer with a powerful but controlled tenor and a tone described by one critic as ‘redolent of burnished brass’. He drew his repertory from country music (Porter Wagoner's Green Green Grass of Home) and soul (She's a lady) as well as pop (It's not unusual, by Mills and Les Reed) and film themes (Bacharach and David's What’s new, pussycat? and Thunderball by John Barry and Don Black). His later career focussed on cabaret and television appearances in the USA although he recorded Matador (1987), the score of a projected stage show and took part in Sir George Martin’s recording of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood (1990). He also collaborated on record with Van Morrison, producer Trevor Horn and the Welsh rock singer Cerys Matthews who in 1998 recorded a tribute song, The Ballad of Tom Jones, with the group Space. For further information see S. Hildren and D. Gritten: Tom Jones: a Biography (London 1990).

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