Here’s where you’ll find TJ photos and stories that don’t fit into any other categories. It is, as its name says, just for fans â€” and, hopefully, for fun.Monday, June 7th, 2010
Sir Tom news is all over print and electronic press outlets and, tomorrow, TJI will have complete coverage. If you see anything you believe TJI might miss, please send it – especially the Delilah tribute on BBC 1 Wales.
One gift Tom’s fans can get today is the new 7-inch single What Good Am I?/Burning Hell. You can order it using the Townsend Records link at right. Just get to the page the link takes you and scroll down. There’s the single.
For a year now people have been writing that Sir Tom Jones will celebrate his 70th birthday on June 7, 2010. Well, here it is – let the celebrations begin! (Also, if you believe in some kind of cosmic connections, let us not forget that Prince – who gave Tom Kiss – is celebrating his 52nd birthday today. And Dean Martin – remember “I live in Los Angeles in Dean Martin’s house. It won’t be Tom Jones’ house until I sell it?” – was born June 7, 1917. Life can be strange.)
(And, if you want to toast Sir Tom with a special drink – assuming you’re all out of Dom Perignon and cognac – here’s a recipe for a very, very sweet cocktail, a “Tom Jones” from the Wayne Collins at the BBC: Preparation time: less than 30 mins/Cooking time: no cooking required/Serves 1 – Ingredients: 25ml/1fl oz Genever gin, 25ml/1fl oz fresh lemon juice, plus 1 slice lemon, to garnish, dash sugar syrup, crushed ice, 25ml/1fl oz Welsh blackberry and elderberry ‘port’ (Elderport), splash lemonade, 1 bramble berry, to garnish (optional)/Preparation method: 1.Pour the gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and Welsh blackberry and elderberry ‘port’ into a cocktail shaker. 2.Add a scoop of crushed ice and shake hard. 3. Strain the mixture into a highball glass and top up with lemonade. 4. To serve, hook the lemon slice over the side of the glass. Garnish the glass with the bramble, if using.)
Surely, Tom will be celebrating with his loved ones and it’s only right that the people who have had so much to do with his success over the years have their say. That, of course, is us, the fans.
Of course, I wouldn’t presume to speak for anyone else, feel free to adopt the sentiments in my wish (or any wish below) as your own::
Sir Tom, may the pleasure your music has given to so many be returned a hundredfold to you. And may you continue to make your music for years and years. I hope your birthday will be wondrous and filled with everything you hold dear – the people you love most, the music you love most and, even, the food and drink you love most. Sometime during your day, may you find a moment to think of the fans who have (some for decades) been with you, cheering the good times, applauding the great music and fervently believing that, no matter what happens, the most glorious days are yet to come.
To enjoy some photos of Sir Tom over the years, the wishes from some of the fans who gather at TJI (that were posted in no particular order ) and another look at Tom getting a song and a cake on Jools Holland’s show, click here to
Martine: These are my words to my beloved Tom for his birthday: Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God. May this blessed relation last till the end of time.”
Gail Wentzloff: Sir Tom I want to thank you for the many years of joy you have given me listening to that great voice and having the privilege of seeing you in concert many times over the years. I send you best wishes for a Happy Birthday and may you continue to entertain us for many more years to come.
Katherine K: Gwyn eich byd adymunaf I Chwi Iawenydd bob amser – Happy 70th Birthday Tom! Love, Katherine K
BeBe: I guess every Birthday is special – but 70 years! Oh my! Mr Jones I hope you are happy, healthy and with good voice … and that whatever you wish for may come true and always and forever please us with your voice wherever you go … Love BeBe xo
Lori M: Thank you so much for bringing so many years of wonderful music to my life! You are truly amazing and I love listening and watching you! Have a very Fabulous Birthday!! Love you so. Some people should live forever, and you are one of them Sir Tom.
Shirley Pillow: A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAPPY YEAR is wished for you Sir Tom Jones! Words cannot express the amount of pleasure your have given me, my family and countless others, every day, over many years. Thank you, over and over again. Also, congratulations on your latest award to be given to you soon. Take care of yourself. We need you. Love, Shirley Pillow
Manuela: On Monday, june 7th 2010 I’ll make an exception to the rule and have a glass of champagne over lunch. Keep rocking your fans all over the world, they adore you for it. The crowd will always cheer for you even at a venue as small as the Rockhal in Luxembourg. I can hardly wait to see and hear what’s next. Enjoy your birthday; to the next 70 years. Love, Manuela.”
Rosemary Trezza: I wish you, Tom, the best of health in body, soul and voice. Your voice, music, and shows have been a part of my life for over 40 years bringing a smile to my face every time. May you celebrate your birthday in whatever way you like. Happy, happy 70th birthday, Tom! May you enjoy many, many more…..
Sebastian Allen Sanzera: Stay healthy, I like the white hair, you have been one of my favorite performers since way back when, I always try to see you when you perform in Vegas, I live here too, I also have a son named Marc, I met you twice, once at Studio 54 in NYC, and once at an Italian restaurant here in Vegas late at night, it has since closed off DI and Maryland, just wanted to say Hi!
Zia: Much love and best wishes to you on this special birthday. Hope you enjoy your day and look forward to seeing you soon……
Gill: A seventieth birthday’s a gift of it’s own, a time for recalling the pleasures you’ve known, it’s time to look back on all that you’ve done and reflect that this life is a wonderful one. You’re fondly thought of by family and friends, a one-in-a-million everyone would agree. So, Tom have a wonderful time and may all good things always come your way.
Sandy: Tom, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! We are looking forward to many more years of those special smiles you put on our faces. Much happiness to you and your family. – Sandy from Texas
Sunila: Dear Tom, I wish you a very happy birthday. Thank you for the years of musical bliss. Good health to you and your loved ones. Yours in music, Sunila (aka Dragonlady)
Christian Milan: Oh, it often takes many words; To say a simple thing; It takes thought and time; And rhyme to make a poem sing; With music and words; I’ve been playing; I have written a song; To be sure that you know; What I’m saying; I’ll translate; As I go along; Fly me to the moon….”; for another seven decades.
Carol Orentlicher: Dear Tom, On this very special birthday, I wish you laughter, family, good friends, fantastic health, and as much music and dancing as you could ever want, for all years to come. You have brought so much positive energy into so many people’s lives, which is why you are so loved. I hope you have the peace of mind that your enormous talent, and uplifting attitude made a difference to so many people. I am a self employed nutritionist, health counselor and personal trainer for special populations, with many years of experience. If you ever need my services, I offer them as a birthday gift to you.
Leola: Happy birthday.
Barb: Happy Birthday, Sir Tom. May your day be filled with love, happiness, good health, and, of course, music! May you feel as happy and lucky as I after attending one of your concerts. Hope all your dreams are coming true. Enjoy your day with family and friends, and then please hurry back to your fans. We miss you on stage. – Barb
Anna: I wish Tom a Happy Birthday and many more Happy 70th Sir Tom Jones thank you for all the music.
Diane: TJ, as you celebrate this very special year, my wish for you is health, happiness and joy that lasts all through the year. Thank you for everything you have given us over the years, and congratulations on Praise and Blame. God Bless you, Diane Hauser
Frederikke:Dear Sir Tom Jones !! !! Happy Birthday !! !! From Frederikke Busch, from Denmark !! !!
Penny: I hope you have a blessed day and do something you enjoy….or just kick back in a recliner…..I cannot tell you how many years/hours your music has brought enjoyment to me…..you are fabulous….HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM! – Penny, Oklahoma City
When I was young and watched your tv show,
I thought you were cool, but I didn’t know
That the first time I saw you sing “Tom Jones International”
I’d be filled with a passion that doesn’t seem rational.
Because when you’re on the stage I can’t sit still,
Your energy infects me —I get such a thrill!
And when I’m driving and need some fun,
I turn up the speakers, and Tom’s the one.
It could be With These Hands or Good Morning Blues
I’m Alive, Delilah or If I Only Knew
It doesn’t matter the beat or song,
Because as long as you’re singing, it can’t be wrong.
You give me a smile and an inner glow
That has me impatient for your next show.
These Birthday wishes I’m sending to you.
Include health and happiness in whatever you do.
Please keep on singing and trying new styles
I’ll be there to thank you for giving me smiles.
Audrey: I was twelve years old when I first became aware of who you were. When I watched you on TV I wasn’t sure what it was, but I knew you had something very special. As I grew older, you were to me what Frank and Dean were to the generation before only with a rocking, rhythm and blues edge. Watching This Is Tom Jones was not just a weekly television show to me, it was an event, a feeling of witnessing a talent that was as incomparable then as it continues to be today. My birthday wish for you is that you take time today to reflect on your amazing life and feel in your heart the appreciation and respect you have earned from grateful fans like myself. Well done Tom Jones, and may you keep giving me ‘the feeling’ for many years to come! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! – Audrey in Pennsylvania
Marisa: Dearest Sir Tom, Wishing you many, many more healthy years of bringing happiness to the world with your amazing talent! You will always be my Knight in shining sequins! Love, Marisa Levy
Joanne: Happy 70th Birthday, Sir Tom!! May this special day be filled with all the things you love – family and friends, good food and good wine, and of course, music! You have brought so much happiness to so many people over the years by sharing your extraordinary talent, and as you celebrate your special day, know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of your many fans all over the world. I can’t believe it’s been over 40 years since I first heard that amazing voice! I was about 9 years old at the time, but even at that young age I knew I was hearing something very special! I wish you many, many more birthdays filled with love, health, and happiness, and music….HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Joanne – NYC
If you didn’t get to send in your wish, feel free to do so in the comments section below this post.
To enjoy (and, if you are so inclined, to join in) the singing of Happy Birthday to Tom on Jools Holland’s show. You’ll find it here.