This Is Tom Jones is an album by Tom Jones, released in 1969.
Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE (born 7 June 1940) is a Welsh singer known by his stage name Tom Jones. His career has spanned six decades, from his emergence as a vocalist in the mid-1960s with a string of top hits, regular touring, appearances in Las Vegas, to coaching on The Voice UK in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. Jones played at least one week in Las Vegas every year from 1967 to 2011.
Jones received the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966. He has sold over 100 million records with thirty-six Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom and nineteen in the United States, including "It's Not Unusual", "What's New Pussycat", "Delilah", "Green, Green Grass of Home", "She's a Lady", "Kiss", and "Sex Bomb". The New York Times called Jones a musical "shape shifter", who could "slide from soulful rasp to pop croon, with a voice as husky as it was pretty".
Jones had an internationally successful television variety show titled This Is Tom Jones from 1969 to 1971, broadcast by ITV in the UK and by ABC in America.
In 1988, he covered Prince's "Kiss" with Art of Noise and won the MTV Video Music Award for Breakthrough Video. Jones received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989, located in front of Frederick's of Hollywood. In 2005, BBC reported that Jones was Wales's wealthiest entertainer, having amassed a fortune of £175 million.
In 2006 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music.
In 2012, Jones released a single, called "Evil", produced by former White Stripes frontman Jack White. An exclusive three-coloured vinyl was also sold at only one shop – Spillers Records in Cardiff. The shop, from which Jones bought records as a schoolboy in the 1950s and early 1960s, was founded in 1894 and is listed in Guinness World Records as the oldest record shop in the world.
OK, this is freaky... The last time I listened to this album was two years ago. Exactly
two years ago. It was Tom's 77th birthday. I just received this autographed copy today, so I cleaned it and put it on to listen, just by coincidence.
Today happens to be his 79th birthday. I didn't know that until I looked up his bio while listening.
So, Happy Birthday, Tom!
A couple of months younger than my father, who I'm going to visit next week for Father's Day. My parents didn't go out much, but I remember they went to a Tom Jones concert, probably a couple of years after this album came out.
50th Anniversary of this album.