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Posted on 10th May 2017

14 Facts about Tom Jones

Our next artist is Welsh Pop Rock Legend Tom Jones, performing on Sunday 2nd July.

Here are 14 facts you may or may not know about Tom Jones!

  • Tom Jones was actually born Thomas Jones Woodward in Pontypridd, South Wales.
  • Tom grew up listening to American Blues, R&B, and Rock ‘n’ Roll on BBC Radio.
  • He took his first step into music in 1963 when he started up a band called Tommy Scott and the Senators.
  • By 1964 Tom had his first number 1 with “It’s Not Unusual” which was originally refused airplay by BBC radio.
  • Between 1965 and 1968, Tom released a string of hit singles including: “What’s New Pussycat”, “Thunderball”, “Green, Green Grass of Home”, “Help Yourself” and “Delilah”.
  • Tom made his break in America in 1965 when he made his appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”. This was then following by a Grammy Award win for Best New Artist in 1966. Tom has since won a copious awards over the years.
  • Tom then debuted his own TV show in 1969 called “This is Tom Jones” which aired in both the UK on ITV and the US on ABC-TV.
  • Tom worked with Gordon Mills (his manager who originally scouted his group) to start a new record, agency and management company called MAM Records.
  • Tom and his family moved to Bel Air in America in 1974 and his son Mark joined him on the road as his lighting director and personal assistant.
  • Tom covered Funk, Pop, R&B and Rock legend, Prince’s hit “Kiss” collaborating with classic avant-garde techno group ‘Art of Noise’, the song was a big success on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • In 1989 Tom received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In the summer of 1992 Tom played to a rave reception at the world-famous Glastonbury Festival.
  • In 1996 Tom had a starring role in the Tim Burton film ‘Mars Attacks!’ alongside Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson and Annette Benning.
  • Tom has performed for the Royal Family on many occasions including The Queen’s Golden Jubilee and a Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium. In 2006 The Queen knighted him Sir Tom Jones.

Don't miss out on your chance to see this legend perform some of his greatest hits! Get your tickets here: Tom Jones

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