We thumb up on the legendary Welsh crooner ahead of his Abu Dhabi gig
Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
He was born on June 7 1940 in Pontypridd, Wales.
He was born Thomas John Woodward.
His first hit single was ‘It’s Not Unusual’, released in January 1965.
In 1999 his album Reload went to number one in the UK charts and sold over four million copies worldwide.
Over the years he has reputedly sold in excess of over 100 million records.
He quit school at age 16. To earn money he worked as a builder’s labourer and a door-to-door salesman.
Jones has worked on many collaboration projects, including Prince’s hit song ‘Kiss’, which won the MTV Breakthrough Award.
He performed for US President Bill Clinton at the White House Millennium Celebration and for Britain’s monarchy for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Jones won a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
Drawing on his extensive musical experience, in 2012 Jones became a judge on the BBC musical-competition reality show The Voice.
For his musical accomplishments, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed on Jones the honour of Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1995 and knighted him as part of the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2005.
Tom Jones and Elvis Presley had a bromance and they hated John Lennon – they allegedly wanted to beat him up for his anti-war stance.
He’s sung with pretty much every legend in the music industry, including Janis Joplin, Elvis and Aretha Franklin. He’s covered songs by the aforementioned Prince, Leonard Cohen, Lenny Kravitz, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Otis Redding, Van Morrison and even once shared a stage with Engelbert Humperdinck.
For 47 years Tom Jones has been banned from the tiny Welsh village of Fochriw for allegedly stealing a chicken. There was a fight and then the chicken had gone. Tom got the blame – but nobody really knows
who really took the chicken. The ban has now been lifted, but the chicken thief is still a great mystery.