Biography of Tom Jones
Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE (born 7 June 1940), known professionally as Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. His career has spanned over 50 years since his emergence as a vocalist with a string of top-ten hits in the mid-1960s. He has toured regularly, with appearances in Las Vegas (1967–2011), and has had several career comebacks, such as his high-profile coaching role on the television talent show The Voice UK from 2012 (with the exception of 2016). Jones’s powerful voice has been described as a «full-throated, robust baritone».
His performing range has included pop, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel. In 2008, the New York Times called Jones a musical «shape shifter», who could «slide from soulful rasp to pop croon, with a voice as husky as it was pretty». Jones has sold over 100 million records, with thirty-six Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom and nineteen in the United States, including «It’s Not Unusual», «What’s New Pussycat», the theme song for the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, «Green, Green Grass of Home», «Delilah», «She’s a Lady», «Kiss» and «Sex Bomb».
Jones made his acting debut playing the lead role in the 1979 television film Pleasure Cove. He played himself in Tim Burton’s 1996 film Mars Attacks!. In 1970 he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy nomination for hosting the television series This Is Tom Jones. In 2012, he played a dramatic role in an episode of Playhouse Presents.
Jones received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, an MTV Video Music Award in 1989, and two Brit Awards: Best British Male in 2000 and the Outstanding Contribution to Music award in 2003. Jones was awarded an OBE in 1999, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music in 2006.
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