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Hi, and Welcome to TomJonesInternational — the only Tom Jones site with content written by fans, for fans. TomJonesInternational.com is not a fan club. TJI.com is the only site that cares about ensuring that fans worldwide — not just in one country— are treated with the respect they deserve! As such, it is the largest site in the world — not official or connected to OFFICIALTomJones but, nonetheless, representing the interests of fans and of Sir Tom.

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Since 2005 this website has served as a gathering place and newsroom for fans of Tom Jones. Even though Sir Tom lives in the USA and, at the time the the site was created, was doing the majority of his appearances here, TJI.com was created in 2005 because at that time there were no US-based websites dedicated to Tom Jones, except a "fan club" site that only posts what the site managers find on his official site and, even that, is seldom updated.

Recognizing that it is fans — and only fans — whose support has kept Tom Jones' career going for decades, TJI.com was created with the intention that all fans would be treated with respect, as would Sir Tom. Site content — including comments — is to deal solely with Tom's professional, public life. Discussion of Sir Tom's personal life — except celebrations like birthdays — will not be tolerated. TJI.com was created with the express intent of being an elegant companion to the OFFICIAL TomJones.com site.Please be sure to read the site rules before you post. These rules are strictly enforced in order to keep discussion fun and civil.

With the hope that you will enjoy TomJonesInternational and contribute your thoughts and ideas (contact info at bottom right) TJI looks forward to many more years of serving the worldwide Tom Jones fan community.

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TJI August Question of the Month: Tommy Iommi or Someone Else?

Lots of press buzz about Sir Tom recording a duet with Black Sabbath co-founder/guitarist/songwriter Tommy Iommi. So, the TJI.com Question of the Month for August is:

Do you think the duet will happen. And, even if it does, with whom else would you like to see Sir Tom do a duet?

Playing Catch-up on TJI

dylan yellow hatHi: Back from almost a month away in NY with my family but without a computer and, in this case, an iPad with a keyboard didn’t cut it. (Four month-old Dylan is pictured left. She an her mom are wonderful. Got to catch up with some TJ friends, especially Mary and Patti.)

In the news, Sir Tom is wildly successful on his outside-North-America tour. He’s been primarily in the UK, but is soon heading to France, Denmark, Norway and España. He’s also played Luxembourg, Switzerland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and is doing a private gig or two along the way. A good friend of mine is working with him on one of those. Tough life, huh?

The Big TJ News Lately:
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He Said What??? Article From Wales Online And There Will Be A Voice Spin-off on BBC 2

Moderator’s Note: Just came across a treasure trove of TJ photos and thought again of doing a calendar (I didn’t have a computer with adequate memory last year. Now I do.). Interested? Let me know. Of course, I don’t have prices, but it will be a bit more expensive than it was. If you are interested in a calendar? Please email me


He said what? 10 great quotes from Sir Tom Jones

As the superstar singer returns to Wales for a gig at Chepstow Racecourse, we trawl the archives for some of his most memorable comments

WalesOnline | Jul 02, 2014 13:58 | By Karen Price

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 2.42.37 PMAs the superstar singer returns to Wales for a gig at Chepstow Racecourse, we trawl the archives for some of his most memorable comments

Judge Tom Jones will be joining Zoe Ball on the BBC2 spin off show

Moving back to Wales

“I have considered getting a house in Wales again but I’m just so busy. But maybe I can do it when I get a bit older and I won’t be doing so many shows.

I had a house in Cowbridge for a while but we were not there enough so it wasn’t really being used.”

TV show The Voice

“I always wait to the last minute to decide (whether to return as a judge). The first two seasons I had so much fun. I didn’t think there could be a better show.

But this third season is pretty freaking awesome. It would be best if it returned with Kylie. I like this combination. We’ve found the gel.”

The Welsh image abroad “I think Wales is starting to lose its image as a coal mining country. But I know for a fact that people now know Wales as the Land of Song – they know people love to sing.

So music is the thing people think about now when they think of Wales.”

Going grey “I was looking at a couple of TV shows and I was thinking: ‘Christ, my hair does look dyed.’ It didn’t look natural any more, plus it was picked up a couple of times in reviews.”

The Welsh Government “I’m not a separatist. I think that united you stand and divided you fall. I think Wales should definitely be represented but I don’t think it is big enough to go it alone.”

Knicker throwing: “At first it was sexy. Women would just rip items of clothing off and throw them but it ended up becoming a bit of a giggle. I don’t know what happens to them.

I used to capitalise on it a bit, you know, pick them up and wipe my brow with them and stuff.”

Famous pals “Richard Burton was a great Welshman – he flew the flag a lot. Every time I was with him he would say, ‘We are Welsh!’

We were in Germany one time and I had to say, ‘Take it easy Richard!’ He was very patriotic.”

Becoming a US citizen “If I really wanted to become an American citizen I would have done it a long time ago.

I’m British and I have a British passport and if I can remain that way, that’s the way I like it.”

Career plans” “I want this to go on as long as I can. The only thing is time will catch up with me eventually. So I want to get as much in as I can.

I’m not ready to retire yet. I’m not done yet. I want to do it because my voice is still as strong as ever.”

On where he wants to be buried: All roads point to Wales for me – that’s the way it is. It’s just one of those things. I spent the first 24 years of my life in Wales and I loved it and have never really left.

So I would want to be buried in Glyntaff Cemetery in Pontypridd – all of my forefathers are there.”

Tom Jones plays Chepstow Racecourse on Friday, July 11. For full details, call 01291 622260 or visit Chepstow Racecourse’s website.

As for the “spin off show” mentioned above, there will for some reason be a spin-off of The Voice on BBC 2

Good For Sir Tom! He’s So Right!

Tom Jones: Dancers distract me

From InSerbia.com
Moderator’s Note: I don’t know about you, but I was thrilled to read this as I absolutely agree! I’ve even had this discussion with Steve McCoy because Legends In Concert insists on using dancers. But, unless they really expert and honestly fit in with the singer’s music, they really are distracting. What do you think?

BELGRADE – Legendary singer Tom Jones will perform at Belgrade’s Kombank Arena on June 15. Jones will have the audience in the Serbian capital enjoy some of his best known hits, such as “She’s a Lady”, “It’s not Unusual”, “Kiss”, “Delilah”, “If I Only Knew”, “Sex Bomb” and others, for the second time, the first time being in 2009, when he put on a spectacular two-hour concert, also in Arena.

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The singer and his 10-strong band are arriving in Belgrade a day earlier, on June 14. Jones told Serbian media recently that his performance would not be accompanied by grand scenic effects and choreography like in many international stars’ shows. I cannot function with a lot of people on stage. All these dancers distract me, Tom Jones said, adding that his band, his voice, and himself were quite enough, and he was not a bad dancer at all. Most of the audio and lighting equipment for the show will arrive from Austria and Italy. The singer’s career spans over half a century, during which he has won numerous awards, including a BRIT Award for Best Male and for Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Hitmaker Award from the US Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the UK Music Industry Trust Award. He made cameo appearances in The Simpsons animated sitcom, and two films – Mars Attacks!, a 1996 American comic SF and Agnes Brown, a 1999 American/Irish romantic comedy-drama. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of England in 2006. Tickets for the concert are available from all CS Eventim ticket offices, at Kombank Arena, Bilet Centar, Dom omladine, ‘Usce’ Shopping Center and online via www.kombankarena.com and www.eventim.rs at prices ranging from RSD 2,200 to 4,900.

It’s Not On His Website, But It Seems Tom’s Again Headed to Monte Carlo

Happy Fathers Day to all Dads, Granddads and those who love them!

In 2011 Sir Tom played Monte Carlo and, sadly, was hospitalized with either a heart problem or dehydration. Now, although it’s still not on OFFICIAL TomJones, he is slated to return in August. However, tickets are apparently on sale. Still, it’d be so nice if Management would announce these things in a timely manner so people had lots of time to make travel plans, wouldn’t it?

This is from the Monte Carlo Sporting Club website:

For the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival, Tom Jones will be in concert on the stage of the Salle des Etoiles on Saturday 16 August 2014.

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In his home country, he is known as « Jones The Voice ». The Welsh crooner gives popular music a reputation for excellence with every one of his successes. From pop to rock to country music, to soul and even dance music.

Tom Jones has a fundamental interest in a wide range of music. Although he is well known for hits including It’s Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah, What’s New Pussycat, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again and If I Only Knew, he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul.

He has remained a vital recording artist, with his 1999 album reload the biggest selling (5m) of his then 35-year career. And in the same year, Rock & Folk magazine voted him « Artist of the Millennium ».

Tom Jones is now known as the man with 100 million records. After more than 40 years on tour and in the studio, Tom Jones has been, and still remains, incredibly popular. He received the best reviews of his career for his last 2 albums Praise & Blame (2010) and Spirit in the Room. (2012).

Tom Jones – an incredible success story, to be celebrated on the 16th August at the same time as the 40th anniversary of the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

Tom Jones Concert – Saturday 16 August 2014

Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival 2014 Salle des Etoiles, Sporting Monte-Carlo.Tickets range from

• Dinner Show: 220€ per person not including drinks

• Doors open: 20.00€

• Dinner: 20.30€

• Show: 22.30€

• Proper attire and jacket required

• Children must be at least 7 years old and accompanied by their parents

• Valet parking

For more information, please consult the official website of the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival.

Happy Birthday Sir Tom!!! To Celebrate, Here Are 2 Songs Most Fans Haven’t Heard Him Sing Before

Surely TJI.com can take the liberty of wishing Sir Tom Jones the happiest birthday ever!

My wish for Sir Tom and for you is that in 2015 he do a major 50th anniversary tour — a real world tour — and he be blessed with good health and continue to be blessed with his wonderful voice.

Please add your wishes in the comment section.

A wonderful fan who saw Tom in Birmingham last month, sent TJI 2 songs I think you’ll really enjoy. He hasn’t recorded them and they’re new to his shows.

Hank Williams’ standard, Here’s “Why Don’t You Love Me Like You Used to Do”

and:

JE Mainer’s “Raise A Ruckus”

Enjoy!! And make a nice toast to Sir Tom on this special day:) (If you wish, add a toast to Prince, Liam Neeson, Bear Grylls, Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell), Alan Iverson, Mick Foley, Michael Cera and, of course, take a moment to remember Dean Martin….and these are only a few of the notable 7 June birthdays.)


To find out what Sir Tom has to say about performing on his birthday, please click here to Read the rest of this entry »

About That Daily Mail Update… & Take A (Brief) Look At Herman Matthews

I was told yesterday the Daily Mail was going to correct the identification of the woman with Tom in the photos below. You cannot see the correction that Norman wrote about in the comments on that post if you are looking online. Yes, as we all knew, it is his sister Sheila. Nice they corrected it so quickly. What I don’t understand is why the photographers just make the assumption that the woman is his wife. Why don’t they ask? Anyone who has seen Sheila knew immediately it was she with Tom in L.A.


Last night the terrific Hugh Laurie was on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Of course, Laurie sang and to do that he brought his Copper Bottom Band. They’re starting a tour soon, going to the western USA and Eastern Europe this summer. Check the link above for tour schedule.

Here’s video of Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band (Herman Matthews on drums) singing “Wild Honey.” Enjoy and catch a few glimpses of Herman.

Sir Tom & Lady Linda Enjoy Leisure Time in Los Angeles

Nice, rare photos below. But, in 2009, I was with some other fans when we asked Sir Tom if he’s planning on leaving the US. His answer was emphatic: “No! I love it there!” So, the Daily Mail is wrong.


She’s His Lady! Tom Jones spends quality time with wife Melinda at home in LA before hitting the road for three months of touring

By Marc Andrews | Published: 02:16 EST, 29 May 2014 | Updated: 02:17 EST, 29 May 2014 | Mail Online

Taking it easy: Tom Jones and wife Melinda getting their chores done in LA Photo:Splash News

Taking it easy: Tom Jones and wife Melinda getting their chores done in LA
Photo: Splash News

He starts his UK/European tour on June 7 in Chesterfield and is on the road solidly for the following three months over summer, so it’s little surprise Tom Jones has of late been taking it easy at home with wife Melinda.

Dressed simply in blue jeans and a long-sleeved blue T-shirt, 73-year-old Tom not only had his designer sunglasses on, but also his reading glasses hanging around his neck as he and his wife went about their chores in the city they call home, Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The Voice star was spotted holding on tight to Melinda, who he married all the way back in 1957.

Melinda was keeping the harsh Californian sun off her head with a wife brimmed hat, dark sunglasses and dark pants and top. While Tom was still ready to rock in some blue suede shoes, Melinda was rolling in more casual style with a pair of comfy flip-flops. Although Tom said in 2009 that he planned to move back to the UK that didn’t seem to eventuate.

Blue Suede Shoes: Tom was rocking his footwear in LA with wife Melinda, Photo: Splash News
[/caption]While Tom still makes frequent visits to the UK, especially off the back of his Voice duties when the show is in season, it appears that he and Melinda are content to continue residing in LA for the time being.

He starts his UK/European tour on June 7 in Chesterfield and is on the road solidly for the following three months over summer, so it’s little surprise Tom Jones has of late been taking it easy at home with wife Melinda.

Dressed simply in blue jeans and a long-sleeved blue T-shirt, 73-year-old Tom not only had his designer sunglasses on, but also his reading glasses hanging around his neck as he and his wife went about their chores in the city they call home, Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The Voice star was spotted holding on tight to Melinda, who he married all the way back in 1957.

Melinda was keeping the harsh Californian sun off her head with a wife brimmed hat, dark sunglasses and dark pants and top. While Tom was still ready to rock in some blue suede shoes, Melinda was rolling in more casual style with a pair of comfy flip-flops.

Taking it easy: Tom Jones and wife Melinda getting their chores done in LA

Tom and Melinda have lived in the US for 40 years now since they moved there in 1974 to avoid paying a high rate of tax.

Although Tom said in 2009 that he planned to move back to the UK that didn’t seem to eventuate.

While Tom still makes frequent visits to the UK, especially off the back of his Voice duties when the show is in season, it appears that he and Melinda are content to continue residing in LA for the time being.
June 7 is not only the start of Sir Tom’s summer tour through the UK and Europe but also the date that he celebrates his 74th birthday.

As part of the tour the Welsh crooner will also strut his legendary stuff on stage at the British Summer Time festival.

The Sexbomb singer, whose stage charisma has seen female fans throw their underwear at him for years, is to the headline the annual Barclaycard festival at London’s Hyde Park on 13 July.

Blue Suede Shoes: Tom was rocking his footwear in LA with wife Melinda, Photo: Splash News

Blue Suede Shoes: Tom was rocking his footwear in LA with wife Melinda, Photo: Splash News

He will be supported by Irish boyband Boyzone, former X Factor winners Little Mix, Seventies rock band 10cc and tribute band Bootleg Beatles.

Tom said that he is ‘honoured’ to be playing at the event.

‘I love playing in Hyde Park, it’s such a beautiful place and so many of the greats have played there,’ he declared.

‘There is a real sense of musical history and a fantastic atmosphere that comes with playing in the middle of a great London park on a wonderful summer evening.’

Sir Tom, whose last album Spirit in the Room was released in 2012, is also due to join Sir Cliff Richard in support of Morrissey on two arena dates in the US later this year.

Meanwhile, Boyzone have tweeted their delight saying they were ‘excited’ at joining the white-haired star in Hyde Park before embarking on a UK tour in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

They added: ‘There’s no bigger gig than Hyde Park and no better day out than playing British Summer Time alongside Sir Tom Jones.’

Little Mix said in a statement: ‘Wow, Hyde Park – so many amazing artists have played there and to be on a line up with Sir Tom Jones is a true honour.

‘We can’t wait to see all The Mixers in the summer sun. And it’s Perrie’s 21st birthday a few days before, so we will be celebrating in style.’

Sir Tom is expected to continue with his duties on The Voice for the BBC once the tour finishes and the show is back on the air.

TJI’s Traditional USA Memorial Day Post

Let us never forget those who fought and those who gave their lives for our nation!

Today, Monday May 27, is Memorial Day in the United States.

The holiday was first celebrated after the Civil War in Charleston, South Carolina (a beautiful city!) in 1865 by former slaves to honor the Union soldiers who fought for their freedom. The celebration – then known as Decoration Day – spread. In 1866 it was first celebrated nationally. The date of May 30th was chosen because there had never been a battle on that day. After World War I the commemoration was extended to honor all Americans who had died fighting for their country and was called Memorial Day. Marking the traditional beginning of summer, Memorial Day is a three-day weekend in the US. Memorial Day and Independence Day are the two times when there are traditionally parades in just about every town in the nation.

A great deal of music came out of the Civil War. Some songs, like Julia Ward Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic, were written especially for the war. Others were adaptations of traditional music.

Mickey Newbury was a songwriter who, among other songs that Tom recorded, wrote Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings and Weeping Annaleah. In 1972 he put together An American Trilogy, a three-song compilation of music closely associated with the American Civil War. This trilogy was made up of Dixie, a song from the blackface minstrel shows that became the marching song of the Confederate Army; Battle Hymn of the Republic written by Julia Ward Howe and, finally, the haunting spiritual-like All My Trials, a song that began as a lullaby in the Bahamas that was adopted by slaves as a melody to describe their lives.

We have another fine example of a Civil War song here. During the folk song craze of the 1960s, Joan Baez had a popular recording of this very beautiful, very sad song. It was also recorded by Tom Jones on the Green Green Grass of Home album in 1967. Click here to listen to Tom sing Two Brothers.

Click here to listen to Tom Jones, live with the Edmonton Symphony in 1975 sing An American Trilogy live. (Notice that he still says “Naish-ville.” He must enjoy speaking that word:))

Video Of Under Milk Wood Available For You; A Good Man Doing Something Good

Sir Tom as Captain Cat gazing at the gorgeous London skyline in Under Milk Wood.

Sir Tom as Captain Cat gazing at the gorgeous London skyline in Under Milk Wood.

Sir Tom as Captain Cat gazing at the gorgeous Welsh scenery in Under Milk Wood.[/caption]A wonderful, generous fan in the UK sent TJI a video of the BBC production of Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas’ “play for voices” (radio play).

In promoting it they said it is “A unique one-off television production of Dylan Thomas’s famous ‘play for voices’ performed by a community of Welsh talent in New York, Los Angeles, London, Cardiff and Laugharne. Michael Sheen opens as First Voice, Sir Tom Jones as Captain Cat and as each of Dylan’s iconic characters joins in, the piece builds up into a collage of famous voices and faces (including Matthew Rhys, Ioan Gruffudd, Siân Phillips, Jonathan Pryce, Bryn Terfel and Katherine Jenkins) intercut with evocative imagery inspired by the play and created as part of a live event by National Theatre Wales.”

It’s a beautiful work filmed beautifully.

If you’d like the video sent to you, please click the contact link in the sidebar at right. It will be sent via www.wetransfer.com.

Please do so no later than Wednesday!


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Steve McCoy, the world’s best Tom Jones tribute artist is returning home to New Jersey to perform a benefit for people who are still without what they lost in Hurricane Sandy, the super storm that hit in October 2012. The region is still in need of a great deal of help.

It will take place Sunday, May 18, from 2 pm to 6 pm. at the American Legion Hall in Toms River, New Jersey.

The cost per ticket is $25 and it promises to be a grand time for a great cause.

For information and tickets, please call:
732/921/8872.

And be sure to say hi to Steve.