Born on June 7, 1940, Thomas John Woodward was a Welsh Singer. He was the dearest child of Thomas Woodward and Freda Jones. Right from his childhood, he never liked schooling or didn’t show any interest in sports too. But, the confidence rested in him through singing talent. He started singing at an early age and was a frequent voice at school choirs, family weddings, and get-together.
Indeed, Thomas studied Wood Road Infant School, Wood Road Junior School, and the Pontypridd Central Secondary Modern School. It was his melodious voice that gained him recognition in school and among relatives. Certainly, Thomas had a spectacular voice that brought him laurels.
As the popularity grew, Thomas John Woodward changed his stage name ad Tom Jones. He was quite influenced by American Blues that made him decide on taking Singing as a profession. And the impression of American Soul Music was quite evident in his songs. Going back to his previous days, he suffered from Tuberculosis at the young age that made him rest back for two years.
On growing a bit, he married his childhood girlfriend named Linda. To bear the responsibility of his family, he started working in a glove factory. Though, he took up work in a factory; his love for singing did not rest.
Tom Jones: Music Career and Biography
Tom Jone’s voice became famous as full-throated, robust baritone that earned him a place as Frontman in Welsh Group in 1963. Immediately, the group gained a fan following and status in South Wales. It was in 1964 that the Beat Group noted numerous solo tracks with producer Joe Meek taking them to various shows.
Furthering in this sector, the group continued to do concerts at dance halls and working men’s clubs in South Wales. It was one night that Tom Jones was identified by Gordon Mills at Top Hat in Cwmtillery. Mills was a London-based manager, who took Thomas John Woodward to London and game him the much-required platform and renamed him as Tom Jones.
Ultimately, Tom Jones got a recording contract with Decca with the assistance of Mills. His major single, “Chills and Fever,” was released in the 1960s. Though, it did not record expected sales; but the other ones followed was “It’s Not Unusual turned” that turned out to be an international hit. It (music album) was extensively promoted by offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline promoted it.
And it was the next year that witnessed Tom Jones as one of the most popular vocalists. Then, there was no looking back as he progressed in the field of singing to become the traditional name.
Going extensively steady, he experienced a slight fall in 1966 and Mills worked out hard to regain his reputation. In this wake, Jones started to sing songs that used to appeal the people much. As the days passed, Tom Jones gained momentum and high recognition for his qualitative singing.
Further to this, he met his idol Elvis Presley and became friends. They recorded music albums together. Indeed, Tom Jones also became familiar with his TV shows named “This is Tom Jones.” Queen Elizabeth II also knighted him for his services to Music.