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What's New with Tom Jones?

TOMJONESPIC

Welsh singer Sir Tom Jones is 79 on the 7th of June.

Thomas John Woodward began singing at an early age at family gatherings and later in a school choir.

His early inflences were Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

In the early 60's he fronted the beat group Tommy Scott & The Senators.

Success eluded the band but Tom scored a recording deal with Decca as a solo artist.

His second single It's Not Unusual became a worldwide hit and the rest is history.

Tom dominated the charts in the 60's with songs like Delilah, What's New Pussycat?, Green Green Grass Of Home and the theme to the James Bond movie, Thunderball.

The 70's weren't as kind to Tom but he had further hits She's A Lady, Til and I (Who Have Nothing).

After turning to country music in the early 80's, it appeared Tom's pop music career may have ended but a great cover of a Prince song changed everything.

Released in '88, his version of Kiss with Art of Noise became a huge hit and Tom was back.

Some clever collaborations in the 90's made Tom cool (again?).

Sex Bomb with Mouse T., Mama Told Me Not To Come with The Stereophonics and a cover of the Talking Heads song Burning Down The House with The Cardigans were arguely Tom's finest work.

In 1999 Tom was awarded an OBE and in 2006 he was knighted by The Queen.

In 2012 he became a coach on the UK version of The Voice, a role he has filled on and off since.

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