Tom Jones is considered about the topmost tier of British musicians and has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Boasting tons of chart hits and with over 40 studio albums to his name, he’s also among the most prolific singers out there. His incredible back catalogue and popstar lifestyle mean there’s plenty of trivia about the It’s Not Unusual hitmaker, but how well do you know him?
Jones was born in Treforest, Pontypridd in South Wales in the summer of 1940.
As a youngster, he took to singing at an early age.
Aged 12 he was diagnosed with tuberculoses and spent two years bed bound and recovering, later explaining how he would passed the time by listening to music.
His inspirations were soul, blues and rock ’n’ roll, which led him to cultivate his signature soulful sound.
By the late 1960s, Jones had taken the US by storm and had reinvigorated Las Vegas with his club act.
During his time in the States, he had also befriended Elvis Presley, who remained a good pal up until his death in 1977.
From 1969 until 1971 Jones fronted his own variety TV show, This Is Tom Jones, which proved enormously successful.
In the decades which followed, he had hits with the likes of She’s a Lady, Sex Bomb and You Can Leave Your Hat On.
To date, he has had 36 Top 40 hits in the UK.
Away from his musical career, the singer married childhood sweetheart Melinda Trenchard in 1957 when they were both just 16-years-old.
They later welcomed son Mark Woodward, who would go on to become his manager.
Jones previously revealed that, at the height of his fame, he was sleeping with up to 250 women a year, despite being married at the time.
His wife Linda died in 2016.