Welcome to the second instalment of Smile Sussex Profiles. This week we look into the incredible singer, Sir Tom Jones.
Sir Thomas John Woodward, OBE (born 7 June 1940)
Sir Thomas John Woodward is better known by his stage name Tom Jones, possibly the worlds most famous 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”. He also performed the 1956 James Bond theme “Thunderball”.
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. He is currently presenting the UK edition of popular music reality TV show, The Voice.
Did You Know: Tom Jones once appeared in a Comic Relief special Gavin and Stacey Episode where he took part in a karaoke contest alongside characters ‘Nessa’ and ‘Bryn. The song, ‘(Barry)Islands In The Stream’ was later sold as a charity track to raise money for comic relief.
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