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Keeping Up With The Jones

Singer Sir Tom Jones is 78 on the 7th of June.

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Thomas John Woodward was born in Wales in 1940.

He began singing at an early age and he gravitated to blues music by the likes of Little Richard and Jackie Wilson.

In 1963 he became the frontman for the beat group Tommy Scott & The Senators.

In the same year he was dubbed Tom Jones by his then manager, named after the English comedy film of the same name.

His second single It's Not Unsual became his first hit in 1965.

The 60's were good to Tom with hit singles like What's New Pussycat?, Delilah, Green, Green Grass Of Home & the theme to the James Bond film, Thunderball.

He had further hits in the early 70's but his popularity declined with only three Top 40 hits from 1973 onwards.

It would be more than ten years for Tom's second coming with a great cover of the Prince song Kiss in 1988.

Suddenly Tom was cool (again?) and in the 90's he produced some of his finest work including If I Only Knew, Sex Bomb and Burning Down The House with The Cardigans.

Tom was knighted by The Queen in 2009.

In 2012 he became a coach on the UK version of The Voice.

Sir Tom continues to release music and tour.