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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.

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A Bit of Personal Stuff and Something To Do In London This Weekend; TJ At HOB In NOLA Apri 30

Check Official Tom Jones’ tour date page to see if he’s scheduled near you.Note: Peter: I hope this answers your question. As I understand it from talking to Ticketmaster, you have to sign up for their mailing list to get internet pre-order codes.

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I am so happy to report that I’ve been occupied with the birth of Dylan Clara Barohn, my daughter, Ruth’s, baby. She was born March 18, at 9:38 pm, weighing 6 lbs and 19 inches long. I got the word while at a movie (shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows me). Going to see her in early April. Can’t wait.

This weekend in London is Autographica at the Radisson Edwardian, Heathrow. Among the desirable autograph-givers will be NASA astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin (I’ve met Aldrin. He’s very accommodating.) Also, actress Barbara Bain (original Mission Impossible on TV), people from Dr. Who, Star Wars, The Shining a a large 007 contingent. You can get specifics at the website above. Among the 007 group is my friend Robert Davi, (photo with me at left taken in February, 2012). Robert is leading the pack on the IMDB poll of the favorite Bond villains, He was Franz Sanchz in Licence To Kill. He’s also, as noted here several times, a terrific singer. So many interesting people will be there. If I were in London or nearby London (like so many of you), I’d go. Drop me an email if you are planning on attending.

Tom’s “Hear Me Out” tour — guess they’re back to naming his tours — hits the House of Blues in New Orleans Wednesday, April 30, 7 pm. Tickets start at $77 for GA standing (closest to the stage) to $137 for balcony bench seating. There’s a preferred ticket offer for CitiCard members and Citi Master Card holders. Citi code instructions and all tickets here.

The Voice UK Series 3, Episode 10 Complete; New Dates In Houston, Nashville

Tom will be in Nashville at the fabled Ryman Auditorium on April 27. Tickets on sale Fri, 03/21/14 12:00 PM CDT. The INTERNET PRESALE is Thu, 03/20/14 10:00 AM CDT to 10 PM CDT.

He’ll be at the HOB in Houston, May 4. Tickets are not on sale. The link on OFFICIALTomJones doesn’t work. Note, too, that they now only put sale times in GMT, not the local time where the sale takes place. That is very mean.

The Voice UK, Episode 9 Complete; 3 US Shows Added

In addition to the shows with Morrissey, Tom will play April 28 in Atlanta (Symphony Hall tickets on sale this Friday, 4 pm, EDT); May 3 in Dallas Granada Theater (NOTE* OFFICIAL TomJones has the wrong website link. The right one is Granadatheater.com. They got it wrong because they spelled “theatre” the way they spell it in the UK. (Jeez!!!)  And at the Rialto Theatre in Tuscon. Tickets on sale Friday, 10 a.m. MDTwww.ticketfly.com/ ticketfly.com. Tickets are $46 to $66.

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There are now more than 20 tour dates for Tom listed on  OFFICIAL Tom Jones. Only one of those is in North America. That’s the one where he’s opening for Morrissey in LA on May 10. Too bad. Too sad.

Morrissey Talks Tom (And Cliff); The Voice UK Episode 8 Complete

Morrissey is talking to the press. It may be interesting for you to go to the link and the comments section following the story. He certainly gets people going.

The Guardian.com| By Michael Hann | February 27, 2014

“Style was one of the determining factors in Morrissey’s selection of Tom Jones and Sir Cliff Richard to support him in forthcoming US shows, he has said in a new interview.

“When asked by Billboard why he had selected the “veteran frontmen”, Morrissey replied: “Veteran is a gentle way of saying ‘old’, isn’t it? Well, it’s only my view of course, but everything is a question of style, and Tom and Cliff qualify greatly in the style department, and age has nothing to do with it. There are millions of obese 19-year-olds who only buy clothes that blend in with the couch. ”

The Voice UK Episode 7 Complete • February 22, 2014 & A Question To Ponder & Answer; World Tour For Tom? Does That Include N. A.?

Any theories about why Sir Tom has so many women on his team?


From The Express, Sunday, February 23, 2014:

My, my my! Sir Tom Jones marks 50 years of hits with world tour

Sir Tom will celebrate his 50th anniversary with a world tour Sir Tom will celebrate his 50th anniversary with a world tour [BBC]

Screen Shot 2014-02-22 at 7.19.48 PM“I am going to do a lot of shows in as many countries as possible,” said the 73-year-old judge on BBC1’s The Voice. “A lot of countries in this world have been very good to me so I want to show I can still do it. I am still having as much fun now as when I started.” Sir Tom, whose first hit was It’s Not Unusual in 1965, wants to emulate the success of the Rolling Stones with their 50 And Counting Tour.

“Like with the Rolling Stones, you know they had 50 years after they first got together,” added Tom, whose other chart hits include Delilah and Green, Green Grass Of Home. “It is 50 years this year that I had a song called Chills And Fever but it didn’t make that much noise, so people would think It’s Not Unusual was the start but it wasn’t really.

“I was singing with a band in Wales before that but you can’t go from that date. People think it’s from It’s Not Unusual, which is fine by me.”

“I am going to do a lot of shows in as many countries as possible,” said the 73-year-old judge on BBC1’s The Voice. “A lot of countries in this world have been very good to me so I want to show I can still do it. I am still having as much fun now as when I started.” Sir Tom, whose first hit was It’s Not Unusual in 1965, wants to emulate the success of the Rolling Stones with their 50 And Counting Tour.

“Like with the Rolling Stones, you know they had 50 years after they first got together,” added Tom, whose other chart hits include Delilah and Green, Green Grass Of Home. “It is 50 years this year that I had a song called Chills And Fever but it didn’t make that much noise, so people would think It’s Not Unusual was the start but it wasn’t really.

“I was singing with a band in Wales before that but you can’t go from that date. People think it’s from It’s Not Unusual, which is fine by me.”

The Voice UK Full Ep; Promo For Who Killed “Tom Jones; Tom Arrives At Charity Event & Has Advice For New Dad Simon Cowell

Decided to embed, rather than email the download link this week because (1) more of you can see it if you wish and (2) And — until it gets taken down — I could do so.


TJI has been talking to you about the murder mystery book about TJ tribute artists called Who Killed ‘Tom Jones’ and are now happy to share the promotional trailer with you. The link to order the book is at the top right of this (and every) page. Check it out and consider ordering.


Sir Tom at the February 14 benefit for MendingKids at the House of Blues in LA. (Looking for show video. If you have it, please let me know.)


Tom gives advice to new dad Simon Cowell (Daily Mail video).

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Sir Tom To Open For (“Support”) Morrissey in LA

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Tom & Morrissey backstage at Tom's Troubadour concert in LA in May, 2-13

Tom & Morrissey backstage at Tom’s Troubadour concert in LA in May, 2-13

Sir Tom will open for Morrissey at the LA Sports Arena on Saturday, May 10 and, the next month, Sir Cliff Richard will do the same at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Tickets are not yet on sale. The arena seats 17,000 + people for sporting events.

Nice to see Tom back in a US arena.

But, I’ve been asked if this is a comedown for him. After all, he was the first to play an arena (MSG) alone.

What do you think?

A Birthday Wish To, & A Music Video By, Don Archell

A screen shot of Don Archell taken from his video of "The Wayward Wind."

A screen shot of Don Archell taken from his video of “The Wayward Wind.”

We know Don Archell as Sir Tom’s assistant and TJI is sure you’ll join in wishing him a very happy birthday today.

But how many of you know that he had a Decca recording contract back in the day? He recorded the standard, “When I fall in Love” and the pop tune “Stay Away.”

Before music videos were ubiquitous, Don also had one for the song, “The Wayward Wind.” The 1956 song was written by Stanley Lebowski and Herb Newman. A version of Gogi Grant was a huge hit in the USA and Tex Ritter had the UK hit, as did Jimmy Young. Among others who recorded it over the years are Sam Cooke, Shirley Bassey, Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Neil Young, Gene Vincent, Anne Murray, Crystal Gayle, Frankie Laine and lots more.

Don’s video was a Scopitone video. According to Wikipedia, “Scopitone is a type of jukebox featuring a 16 mm film component. Scopitone films were a forerunner of music videos. The Italian Cinebox/Colorama and Color-Sonics were competing, lesser-known technologies of the time.

“Based on Soundies technology developed during WWII,[2] color 16 mm film clips with a magnetic soundtrack were designed to be shown in a specially designed jukebox.

“Between 1940 and 1946, three-minute musical films called Soundies (produced in New York City, Chicago, and Hollywood) were displayed on a Panoram, the first coin-operated film jukebox or machine music. These were set up in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and amusement centers.

“The first Scopitones were made in France, by a company called Cameca on Blvd Saint Denis in Courbevoie, among them Serge Gainsbourg’s Le poinçonneur des Lilas (filmed in 1958 in the Porte des Lilas Métro station),[3] Johnny Hallyday’s “Noir c’est noir” (a cover of Los Bravos’ “Black Is Black”) and the “Hully Gully” showing a dance around a swimming pool.

“Scopitones spread to West Germany, where the Kessler Sisters burst out of twin steamer trunks to sing “Quando Quando” on the dim screen that surmounted the jukebox. Scopitone went on to appear in bars in England, including a coffee bar in Swanage where “Telstar” was a favourite. By 1964, approximately 500 machines were installed in the US.[4] By 1966, reportedly 800 machines were installed in bars and nightclubs in the United States, at a cost of $3500 apiece.

“The biggest musical stars of the 1960s were never released on the Scopitone.[6] Several well-known acts of the 1960s appear in Scopitone films, however, ranging from the earlier part of the decade The Exciters (“Tell Him”) and Neil Sedaka (“Calendar Girl”) to Procol Harum (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”) later on. In one Scopitone recording, Dionne Warwick lay on a white shag rug with an offstage fan urging her to sing “Walk On By”. Another had Nancy Sinatra and a troupe of go-go girls shimmy to “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”. Inspired by burlesque, blonde bombshell Joi Lansing performed “Web of Love” and “The Silencer”, and Julie London sang “Daddy” against a backdrop of strippers. The artifice of such scenes led Susan Sontag to identify Scopitone films as “part of the canon of Camp” in her 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’.”

“By the end of the 1960s, the popularity of the Scopitone had faded The last film for a Scopitone was made at the end of 1978. In 2006 French singer Mareva Galanter released several videos which mimic the Scopitone style. Galenta’s album Ukuyéyé features several songs in the French Yé-yé style. She also recently hosted a weekly French television program called “Do you do you Scopitone” on the Paris Première channel.

“As of 2012, one of the few Scopitones not in a museum or private collection in the US is at [Jack White's] Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee. Many Scopitone films have been released on DVD or made available on the internet.”

You can see the video in the TJI.com Video Library. You’ll see that a younger Don Archell was as good looking as he is today. Enjoy it!

Happy Birthday, Don! May your year be filled with all good things.


It might be interesting for fans to note that, before Tom, Don worked with Howard Keel, Marty Feldman and Rod Stewart. He is working on a bio with Belinda Jones (no relation to Tom, since that’s not his real name.) Look forward to reading it.

You May Be Able To See Tom On TV In The US On Valentine’s Day

Nice news, even if they do refer to Sir Tom as a “pop crooner:

Penn Jillette Hosts Tom Jones, Arsenio Hall, KISS, More for MendingKids.Org Event

6th February 2014 | April Neale | Monsters and critics.com

Highlights:

MendingKids_SquareReality TV star and acclaimed Illusionist Penn Jillette is set to host an intimate evening with guest appearances by KISS, Arsenio Hall, Tom Jones, Natasha Bedingfield, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Vintage Trouble, Brenna Whitaker, and many more.

Beneficiary of the Concert is MendingKids.Org, Which Provides Life-Changing Surgical Care to Children Worldwide

AXS TV will broadcast MENDING KIDS.ORG – All-Star Concert For Children Worldwide live from the world-famous House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA, at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Friday, February 14.

Penn Jillette will host this intimate evening, with performances and appearances from a star-studded lineup of legendary musicians and entertainers, headlined by 2014 Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees, KISS.

Featuring pop crooner Tom Jones (“It’s Not Unusual,” “Delilah”); pop singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield (“Unwritten,” “Pocketful of Sunshine”); blues rockers Vintage Trouble (“Nobody Told Me,” “Strike Your Light”); and jazz artist Brenna Whitaker and her Little Big Band will provide music throughout the evening, with guest appearances including country guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Late-night TV host Arsenio Hall will also be on hand, appearing before the invitation-only audience. More guests will be announced shortly.

In the last eight years, MendingKids.org has provided over 1,500 children from 54 countries, including the United States, with life-changing surgical care to correct serious medical issues such as congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, and significant cranial facial deformities. Additionally, MendingKids.org offers training and research to assist surgeons in developing countries to create self-sustaining surgical programs providing access for more children to longer, healthier and happier lives.

“MENDING KIDS.ORG – All-Star Concert For Children Worldwide is an incredible event that will bring some much-needed awareness to a truly worthwhile organization,” said Mark Cuban, AXS TV Founder. “MendingKids.org does unbelievable work for children all around the globe, and it’s inspiring to see these larger-than-life personalities gather together to lend their support to this cause. AXS TV is proud to be able to share this momentous event with our audience.”

AXS TV delivers relevant, unpredictable and irreverent programming by presenting unfiltered access to today’s top comedians, newsmakers, musical entertainers and their performances. Launched in July 2012 by Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing the best in music programming, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions.

Founded in 2006, Mending Kids International, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, has provided over 1500 life-changing surgeries free to children from 54 countries, including the United States. Mending Kids deploys renowned specialized surgical teams on missions to developing countries, and brings children to Los Angeles, where they live with volunteer Host Families during advanced surgical care and recuperation. Mending Kids’ missions additionally focus on providing pediatric surgical training in developing countries to help doctors to build long-term sustainable surgical programs. Funding comes from donations and special events; 90% of every dollar goes to the surgical treatment of the children.

To find out if you can see it on your TV, check axs tv. If you can record it and send it, I’ll be happy to post it for everyone. And, if you can go to the HOB on the Sunset Strip in LA, let us know and do please share the experience.

Tom Jones Revisits His Lasting Career And Explains Why He Has No Regrets

Tom Jones revisits his lasting career and explains why he has no regrets
By Lee Zimmerman Goldmine Posted in Articles, Backstage Pass, Features | January 25, 2014

Sure, the Tiger of Wales is rocking silver-fox locks these days. But don’t let the gray hair fool you: Tom Jones’ voice is as fierce as ever. His secrets? Frequent doctor visits and avoiding drugs and dehydration. Publicity photo/Rounder Records.

Sure, the Tiger of Wales is rocking silver-fox locks these days. But don’t let the gray hair fool you: Tom Jones’ voice is as fierce as ever. His secrets? Frequent doctor visits and avoiding drugs and dehydration. Publicity photo/Rounder Records.

Sir Tom Jones has achieved a great deal in the course of his lengthy career. In addition to racking up 36 Top 40 hits since arriving on the music scene in the mid-1960s, Jones earned the Best New Artist Grammy in 1966, had a successful TV show in the late 1960s and early 1970s, received an MTV Video Music Award in 1989, two Brit awards (2000 and 2003, respectively) and was bestowed Order of the British Empire honors bestowed by the Queen of England in 2006. The target of countless pairs of panties hurled onstage by lovestruck female fans since the 1960s, Jones also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — which, fittingly, is right in front of the Frederick’s of Hollywood flagship lingerie store.

Now 73, Jones maintains both the frantic pace and the powerful delivery he’s had since he first hit the music scene as a sex symbol and pop superstar in the 1960s. A regular on the U.K. version of “The Voice,” Jones had the honor of singing at 2012’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, which was part of an exhausting concert schedule that keeps him on the road a good part of the year. He’s also kept busy in the studio, releasing albums consistently over six decades, including 2010’s acclaimed “Praise and Blame” (Lost Highway) and his latest effort, “Spirit In The Room” (Rounder).

And while Jones has sung virtually every musical style throughout his career — pop, rock, R&B, blues, soul, dance, show tunes, country and gospel — two key things haven’t changed. One, Jones still speaks with a soft Welsh accent, despite decades of living in Los Angeles. And two, his powerful baritone belies his age.
GOLDMINE: With your last few albums, you’ve taken a whole different approach by stripping away the lavish arrangements and putting the focus on your voice entirely. What prompted this change in direction?
TOM JONES: Well, the last two albums all had to do with meeting (producer) Ethan Johns, really. I didn’t know what kind of album I wanted to do. We spoke to lots of different people, and when I met with Ethan, he was the one that made the most sense. He said, “I know all the kinds of things you’ve done, but I’d like to do something different. I’d like to get you stripped down. You tell me what songs you want to do, and I’ll toss some in that I think you should do. We’ll just have a couple of musicians and move things around.” And it sounded very interesting to me. When I started in Wales, it was just me and a rhythm section, and I would go singing in pubs and clubs and dance halls with just a few musicians. That’s what we used to do — take songs from the radio, but do them a little different, my own way. So he said, “Why don’t we do that? Just get in there and see what happens.”

GM: Over the course of 50 years, you’ve successfully evolved and remained relevant. You could have chosen to simply rehash your greatest hits, taken up a residency in Vegas, stuck to the cabaret circuit and remained very comfortable. What drove you to keep tackling new challenges?
TJ: It’s the same thing that drove me from Day One. I wanted to try and sing everything that’s inside me, everything that I think about. I want to continually express myself. The fire has not gone out. The flame is very much lit, and in order to keep that fire burning, I have to do new things and sing new songs. I don’t want to keep repeating myself. If I’m doing a live show, I’ll include songs I’ve done in the past, but I have to do new ones, as well.

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