Emerging from the British Invasion, Sir Tom Jones has mastered various forms of popular music, including pop, rock, country, soul, dance, R&B and show tunes.
Sir Tom Jones early life & albums
Born on June 7, 1940, in Treforest, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, he started his music career performing as Tommy Scott with a Welsh beat group, the Senators, in 1963. After a few years of ups and downs, a turning point came in his life when he met Gordon Mills, who signed him and renamed him, Tom Jones. His debut single, Chills and Forever, was followed by It’s Not Unusual, which topped UK charts and made it to top 10 in the US. During the 60s, a number of hit singles, including Once Upon a Time, Little Lonely One and With These Hands, cemented his legacy in the industry.
Later, transforming himself into a respected, tuxedoed crooner, he appealed the broad audience with country hits like Detroit City and Green, Green Grass of Home. Already a household name in the UK and the US, he relocated to the US at the end of the 60s and won rose to fame hosting a variety program, This Is Tom Jones (1969-71). From gracing Las Vegas clubs to singing Prince’s Kiss with the electronic dance outfit, he never failed to entertain the audience. He has hits in different genres, including the dance-pop album, The Lead and How to Swing It and pop-rock album, Reload, featuring some greatest duets. Other albums, Praise & Blame (2010) and Spirit in the Room (2012), earned him some of the best reviews of his career.What's New Pussycat, Delilah, She’s a Lady and Sex Bomb are also the greatest hits of his six-decade-long career.
Personal life & Net worth
Jones won a legion of devoted female fans with his on-stage sex appeal from the early phase of his career, but he always kept this wife close to his heart. He was married to Melinda Trenchard from March 2, 1957 until her death on April 10, 2016. Their bond remained intact despite his several well-publicized infidelities. The couple welcomed a son, Mark Woodard (born 1957), who became his manager after Gordon Mills’ death in 1986. He is also a father to a son, Jonathan Berkery, born with model Katherine Berkery.
In 1976, he bought the red-brick mansion at 363 Copa De Oro Road in LA for $500k from Dean Martin and sold it to Nicolas Cage for $6.469m in 1998. He and his wife were planning to move back to the UK in 2009, but that didn’t happen. The Lady Woodard died after a short yet fierce battle with cancer in Cedars Sinai Hospital, LA. He and his wife lived in a luxury mansion in Mulholland Estates community for 2 decades. Purchased for £2.1 million in 1998, it was sold for £6.5 million in 2018. As the house held the painful memories of his wife, he couldn’t face living there after her death and moved back to the UK to fulfill his late wife’s dream. As of 2018, the 78-year-old singer has a colossal net worth of approximately $300 million.