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7 things you DEFINITELY never knew about Sir Tom Jones
Think you know all there is to know about The Voice of the Valleys? What about the fact he was almost a CIA hitman or that he once starred in an early version of Baywatch? Ever wondered what could possibly be left to say about Sir Tom Jones, a man whose eventful life both in and out of the spotlight has already been exhaustively documented. In he was offered the lead role in the movie version of Jackie Collins' 'proto shades' romp The Stud, opposite Jackie's sister and subsequent Dynasty diva Joan. Although tame by today's standards the bad language and scenes of drug-taking and sex left Tom cold.
The singer was born Thomas Woodward in Pontypridd on June 7, , and boasts of growing up as a "proud, proud Welshman". He changed his name to Jones before finding fame. Public records of the census for Wales show that Sir Tom, 69, is actually three-quarters English, with three of his grandparents hailing from the West Country. Tom is the symbol of Welsh manliness around the world and has been for decades. But we still love him - he's lovely. Official census records show his paternal grandparents James Woodward was an ironmongers haulier born in Gloucestershire and Anne Woodward was from Wiltshire. Tom Jones returns to Britain.
His career began with a string of top-ten hits in the mids. He has toured regularly, with appearances in Las Vegas , and has had several career comebacks, such as his high-profile coaching role on the television talent show The Voice UK from with the exception of In , 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 made his acting debut playing the lead role in the television film Pleasure Cove. He played himself in Tim Burton 's film Mars Attacks! In , he played a dramatic role in an episode of Playhouse Presents. His maternal grandfather, Albert Jones, was Welsh, and his maternal grandmother, Ada Jones, was born in Pontypridd, to parents from Somerset and Wiltshire.
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British Broadcasting Corporation Home. In his time he's tried his hand at styles including pop, rock, country, big band, dance and jazz, and he's still going strong today. It wasn't unusual in the valleys towns of South Wales. But the boy was clearly something special: he'd regularly sing at family gatherings, weddings and his mother's Women's Guild meetings. He also sang in his school choir, although it's said he was once told off for drowning out the rest of them as they sang Men Of Harlech in school assembly. By the late s Tom had become entranced by the new rock 'n' roll sounds coming from the radio.