Tom Jones is a Welsh singer who began his career in 1963. He first achieved fame following a string of top ten hits during the 1960s. Unlike many artists who disappear from the public eye, Jones has retained his popularity and has gained more fans from younger generations by adapting his musical style. Although he originally became famous for his singing, he has also become a television personality, which has extended his fanbase further. Tom Jones’ net worth is now estimated at $250 million, and here is how he became rich.
Tom Jones’ Childhood
Tom Jones was born in Pontypridd in Glamorgan, South Wales, on June 7, 1940. He began singing as a child and would often entertain his friends and family with performances. The singer also sang at weddings, family gatherings, and in the school choir. A tuberculosis diagnosis at the age of 12 meant that he was bedridden for two years, and Jones spent most of this time listening to music. During his teens, Jones’s passion for music grew, and his love of American soul music influenced his musical style. The singer was also influenced by rock and roll, blues, and R & B. Some of his favorite artists included Jerry Lee Lewis, Brock Benton, Elvis Presley, Solomon Burke, Little Richard, and Jackie Wilson.
His Career Up to 1979
Jones began his career as the lead singer for a Welsh beat group called Tommy Scott and the Senators. They performed in working men’s clubs around South Wales. The group recorded several solo tracks, which a producer sent to several record labels. However, the group did not achieve much success. In 1963, Joe Mills became Tom Jones’ manager when Jones decided to pursue a solo career, and he got a recording contract with Decca. Jones released his first single, ‘Chills and Fever,’ in 1964. His second single, ‘It’s Not Unusual,’ became an international hit and reached number one in the UK charts. Jones released three singles that were also film tracks in 1965, and a year later, he won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Throughout the rest of the 1960s, Tom Jones had a string of hit records. The singer also began performing in Las Vegas from 1967 to the end of the 1960s. During the early 1970s, Tom Jones released further successful singles. Although Tom Jones’ career continued throughout the rest of the 1970s, his career began to decline as he lost popularity. At this time, he focused more on establishing an acting career than on his music, although Jones’ acting endeavors were mostly unsuccessful.
Jones’ Career from 1980 Onwards
In the early 1980s, Tom Jones’ musical style changed to country music, and he released nine singles between 1980 and 1986. Unfortunately, his run of bad luck continued as none of these singles made it into the top 100 in the UK. During the latter half of the 1980s, the Welsh singer’s fortunes changed. He had success with the singles ‘A Boy from Nowhere’ and ‘Kiss.’ The latter was a cover of Prince’s single, and it featured Art of Noise. Jones’ resurgence continued into the 1990s, and he had a new generation of fans. One of his most successful singles of the decade was the 1997 film ‘The Full Monty’ track ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On.’ Jones then released a single in 1999 called ‘Reload,’ on which he collaborated with many other artists on cover tracks. The other artists included Natalie Imbruglia, Stereophonics, Cerys Matthews, Robbie Williams, and the Cardigans. Also, in 1999, Tom Jones was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to music. In 2003, Tom Jones received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
His Television Career
In addition to his music career, Tom Jones is also a television personality. He was first on television in a variety show called ‘This Is Tom Jones,’ which was aired from 1969 to 1971. Between 1980 and 1981, he presented his second variety show, simply called ‘Tom Jones.’ Throughout his career, Tom Jones has appeared as himself in multiple television series and has even had small roles in films. However, he is now best-known on television as one of the presenters of ‘The Voice UK’, on which he was a judge and mentor from 2012 to 2015, then Jones returned to the show in 2017 and remained one of the judges and mentors on the competition. Over the last 20 years, Tom Jones has continued to release albums and to collaborate with other artists. The singer had sold more than 100 million records by 2010 and has continued to sell records since. He has also continued to perform in tours and at events and festivals across the globe. The last album released by Jones was ‘Spirit in the Room’ in 2012. However, he is planning to release further music, as the singer announced earlier in 2021 that he is releasing a long-awaited covers album titled ‘Surrounded by Time.’ However, no date has yet been given for the album's release.
Tom Jones’ Net Worth
According to Smooth Radio, Tom Jones’ net worth is $250 million. Jones has made his money from his singing career. He has also made some money from his career in television, such as being a judge on The Voice.
Jones’ Personal Life
Tom Jones married Linda Trenchard in 1957 when they were both aged 16. At the time of their marriage, the couple was expecting a baby. Their son, Mark Woodward, was born a month after the wedding. They were married until Linda’s death in 2016. Throughout his marriage, Tom Jones had many well-publicized affairs. Some were with high-profile women, such as Cassandra Peterson, Charlotte Laws, Mary Wilson, and Marjorie Wallace. One of his affairs resulted in the birth of a son, although Jones has never shown interest in meeting his son.
Written by Allen Lee
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