Today is the 80th birthday of Sir Tom Jones born Thomas John Woodward on 7th June 1940 in Pontypridd, Wales.  He married his wife Linda at the age of 17 and remained married to her for the rest of her life.  Below I am going to have a look at his early work in the 60s and of course the 70s.

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Tom Jones In The 60s

Tom first exploded into the charts in 1965 with It’s Not Unusual which reached number 1 in the charts. Below is a list of his singles that made the top 40 in the UK. I will name the song, the year and chart position reached in the UK.

Singles

  1. It’s Not Unusual (1965) (1)
  2. Once Upon A Time (1965) (32)
  3. With These Hands (1965) (13)
  4. What’s New Pussycat (1965) (11)
  5. Thunderball (1966) (35)
  6. Once There Was A Time/Not Responsible (1966) (18)
  7. Green Green Grass Of Home (1966) (1)
  8. Detroit City (1967) (8)
  9. Funny Familiar Forgotten Feeling (1967) (7)
  10. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (1967) (2)
  11. I’m Coming Home (1967) (2)
  12. Delilah (1968) (2)
  13. Help Yourself (1968) (5)
  14. A Minute Of Your Time (1968) (14)
  15. Love Me Tonight (1969) (9)
  16. Without Love (1969) (10)

 

 

Albums

  1. Along Came Jones (1965) (11)
  2. From The Heart (1966) (23)
  3. Green Green Frass Of Home (1967) (3)
  4. Tom Jones Live! At The Talk Of The Town (1967) (6)
  5. 13 Smash Hits (1967) (5)
  6. Delilah (1968) (1)
  7. Help Yourself (1968) (4)
  8. This Is Tom Jones (1969)
  9. Tom Jones Live In Las Vegas (1969) (2)

Tom Jones In The 70s

Singles

  1. Daughter Of Darkness (1970) (5)
  2. I (Who Have Nothing) (1970) (16)
  3. She’s A Lady (1971) (13)
  4. Till (1971) (2)
  5. The Young New Mexican Puppeteer (1972) (6)
  6. Letter To Lucille (1973) (31)
  7. Something ‘Bout You Baby I Like (1974) (36)
  8. Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow (1977) (40)

 

 

Albums

  1. Tom (1970) (4)
  2. I Who Have Nothing (1970) (10)
  3. She’s A Lady (1971) (9)
  4. Tom Jones Live At Caesars Palace (1971) (27)
  5. Tom Jones Close Up (1972) (17)
  6. The Body And Soul Of Tom Jones (1973) (31)
  7. Tom Jones’ Greatest Hits (1973) (15)
  8. 20 Greatest Hits: The Tenth Anniversary Album Of Tom Jones (1975) (1)
  9. I’m Coming Home – 20 Of The Finest Songs Of Tom Jones (1978) (12)

After The 70s

Tom has continued to have hit singles over the years with 10 more top 20 hit singles and 8 top 20 albums.

Singles.

  1. A Boy From Nowhere (1987) (2)
  2. It’s Not Unusual (re-issue) (1987) (17)
  3. Kiss (Art Of Noise feat. Tom Jones) (1988) (5)
  4. All You Need Is Love (1993) (19)
  5. If I Only Knew (1994) (11)
  6. Burning Down The House (with The Cardigans) (1999) (7)
  7. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (with Cerys Matthews) (1999) (17)
  8. Mama Told Me Not To Come (with The Stereophonics) (2000) (4)
  9. Sex Bomb (with Mousse T) (2000) (3)
  10. Islands In The Stream ( with Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones and Robin Gibb) (2009) (1)

 

 

Albums

  1. The Greatest Hits Of Tom Jones (1987) (16)
  2. The Complete Tom Jones (1992) (8)
  3. Reload (1999) (1)
  4. Greatest Hits (2003) (2)
  5. Tom Jones & Jools Holland (2004) (5)
  6. Praise & Blame (2010) (2)
  7. Spirit In The Room (2012) (8)
  8. Long Lost Suitcase (2015) (17)

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Tom At 80

As you probably know Tom has found a new audience as a judge in the UK version of the voice. His stories of the people he has sung with and met always leave the other judges open mouthed with disbelief. He has been a very popular judge and is respected by everyone in the business.

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Happy Birthday Sir Tom Jones

I hope you enjoyed this brief look at Tom Jones’s career on the great mans birthday. Leave a comment below and let me know your favourite memory or song of Tom’s. Thank you for visiting today and come back soon.

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Frank

frank@musicofthe70s.co.uk

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