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Post  misery guts on Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:22 am

The Welsh wonder has been scoring hits for half a century, had big success in the USA as well as in the UK. He's got an autobiography out very soon, too. Having kept dyeing his hair through his 50s, he has finally in recent years preferred the natural grey look, as befits a change of his sound. He has also been a judge on the UK version of The Voice for the past 4 years. Here are a few of his highlights:

It's Not Unusual

Help Yourself

Kiss (w/Art of Noise)

If I Only Knew

What Good Am I?

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Post  misery guts on Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:19 am

As well as the book, he's got a new album 'Long Lost Suitcase' imminent for release too.

Imagine: Tom Jones - What Good Am I?
From 2010, an hourlong retrospective which was heavy on his early years and success (Sandie Shaw generously forsaking the chance to sing 'It's Not Unusual' because she knew a) he did it better, and b) it would make his name), followed by his mid-80's effort to move with the times, the high watermark of his 1998 LP Reload, and his latest revamp to show his age. A lot of respect shown, and he seems good for a long while yet.

Tom Jones at the BBC
In connection with the Imagine repeat came this compilation of assorted performances over the years, and a blend of familiar and unfamiliar hits.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:08 am

BBC Four Sessions: Tom Jones
Also from 2012, a concert from the LSO St Luke's in London, with Josh Osho and Seasick Steve along as guests, and a heavy emphasis on his two recent 'Johnny Cash'-esque albums. Good choice of material.

His book "Over the Top and Back" is out next Thursday, and he's busy promoting it:

http://www.tomjones.com/news/in-conversation-with-sir-tom-jones/
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Post  misery guts on Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:43 am

Tom Jones & Rob Brydon - One Big Night for Children In Need
Mainly a concert from Tom, sometimes in duets with James Morrison and Laura Mvula, or backed by the Chicken Shed Theatre Company. Else, doing skits with Brydon, and introducing clips to encourage donations to CiN. He even sang with Brydon. A good show, a good cause.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:49 am

Sad news, as his wife Linda has died from cancer. They were married for 59 years apparently. He cancelled some gigs last week citing a major personal emergency, clearly so he could be with her. RIP Sad
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Post  misery guts on Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:30 am

Tom Jones' 1950s - The Decade That Made Me
A curious effort that mixed Tom revisiting old haunts in Pontypridd and Treforest from his youth, and considered social comment from the likes of Joan Bakewell and Francis Beckett, as though two competing documentaries were co-existing. Topics covered included the importance of films, music and telly. Also the tendency of some young folk (like Tom) to be seduced by the allure of America. As he managed to spend 2 years convalescing from tuberculosis, and get married and start a family during the decade, it was understandable why Tom felt its importance.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:28 am

The Les Reed Story
This was quite a fun career chat with "50 years in the business" Les, who started out with piano lessons at the age of 5, in Woking. Later formed his own jazz band and played around clubs. He learned the clarinet too. He joined the John Barry Seven, leaving in 1962. He worked with Adam Faith and Joe Brown, was musical director on Ready Steady Go and for the Dave Clark Five. He worked with Barry Mason, and wrote for many acts, their breakthrough being "It's Not Unusual" for Tom Jones. He also did Delilah for the Welsh wonder. As well as writing, he was also busy arranging and conducting. He and Barry would tailor their songs to fit the chosen artists, whether Elvis Presley or Sammy Davis Jnr. He wrote a few musicals, but got annoyed about critics. He was awarded the OBE in 1998, and had many other awards. He was a great believer in spiritual connections, and attraction. He scorned the lethargy of acts taking so long to make albums, as the norm when he started was to manage it in a matter of days. Agreed there was a lot of modern talent about, citing Elbow's "One Day Like This" as a good example. Overall, a chatty bloke.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:12 am

He returns as a judge on The Voice UK tomorrow night as it begins its new post-BBC run, alongside the interminable Will I am and new judges Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale.

And he's giving the BBC both barrels about it.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:24 am

Perhaps inevitably the treadmill of PR wobbled a bit. Sir Tom suggested that Series 1 winner Leanne Mitchell blew her opportunity by gaining weight instead of losing it, showing what he called a lack of drive. This caused some groups to get the hump and insist that he be sacked for insensitivity. Not that he will, and it's more publicity for the show.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:38 am

He's often proudly related the story of his only meeting with Elvis Presley. So maybe this news story is not that surprising:

Tom Jones dating Priscilla Presley
A source said: "Tom has had a tough year following the death of Linda, but he has enjoyed Priscilla's company.
"They have been seen out in Hollywood and although it is early days they are taking each one as it comes."
Interesting that there's only 5 or so years between them, too, so it's hardly an old man recapturing his youth with some young tart.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:19 am

Tom wasn't at Glastonbury, as far as I could tell, but he's lined up to make his debut at the Proms instead:

Tom Jones set for Proms debut singing soul to celebrate Stax records
Sir Tom Jones is to make his Proms debut on the Royal Albert Hall stage singing soul to celebrate Stax Records with two surviving artists from the label, Booker T Jones and Sam Moore.

The Stax event is one of nine Late Night Proms offering audiences alternative music to the core classical repertoire. They include the songs of Scott Walker and the first complete live performance of Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar’s concept album, Passages.
September 1st is the big day for Sir Tom.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:16 am

^^^The Proms gig happened this week (review to follow in due course), but...

Sir Tom Jones cancels US tour on 'medical advice'
The 77-year-old, famous for hits like Delilah, It's Not Unusual and Sex Bomb, was due to start with a concert in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday.
In a statement on his website, Sir Tom sent his "sincere apologies" to fans for cancelling the dates, which will be re-arranged for 2018.
Oh dear.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:31 am

BBC Proms '17: Stax with Jools Holland
Holland MC'd as Booker T Jones, Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd and Sam Moore mixed with Tom Jones, James Morrison, Beverley Knight and Nadia Rose through a catalogue of the greatest hits from Stax Records. There were mostly fitting efforts, though the closing version of Sweet Soul Music bumbled a bit when Tom sang someone else's line, perhaps thinking they weren't going to. Otherwise class stuff.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:33 am

Top Gear: Sir Tom Jones
This 2008 edition was to push his then-album, 24 Hours, which Tom co-wrote many of the tracks on with famous collaborators like U2. His first car was a Jaguar, which he promptly crashed, and he was later banned for driving without a proper licence. He hadn't driven a manual car since the 1960s, but he managed a lap time of 1m52.2s.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:11 am

Rumour today that his recent health issues have been connected to his getting a hip replacement, if the following Tweet:
“Papa’s gotta brand new hip, yeah! #TheVoiceUK”.
means what it superficially appears to.
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