Tom Jones is a famous Welsh singer who has an estimated net worth of million dollars in 2017-2018. He is one of the most well-known singers and has been entertaining the audiences since 1960. He is into numerous genre of music including, pop, rock, R&B, etc.
Biography & Wiki
Sir Thomas John Woodward, commonly known by his stage name ‘Tom Jones’ was born on June 7, 1940, in Treforest, Pontypridd in Glamorgan, Wales. His father, Tomas Woodward was a coal miner and his mother was Freda Jones.
Tom Jones had a passion for music from a very early age. He always signed at the family gatherings, weddings and in even school choirs. Tom Jones never enjoyed sports and was never interested in playing one. It was his singing talent which gave him the confidence to stand among the crowd. He loved American soul music and was mostly inspired by legendary blues and R&B singers like Little Richard, Solomon Burke, Elvis Presley, etc.
Tom Jones attended Wood Road Infant School and later did his schooling from Wood Road Junior School. For further studies, he joined Pontypridd Central Secondary Modern School. At the age of 12, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was in bed for almost two years recovering from it.
Tom Jones married his longtime girlfriend from high school, Linda Trenchard. When Tom & Linda were 16, Linda was expecting a child, so the couple decided to tie a knot a few days later, after the news of their baby. Being a musician, he also had his share of affairs. He was involved in many extra-marital affairs, especially with famous ladies like Mary Wilson and Marjorie Wallace, the former Miss World. Tom has also had a romantic fling with Katherine Berkery and together they have a son.
Tom’s music career started when he joined the band ‘Tommy Scott and the Senators’. The band became successful on the local level and Tom’s performance was applauded by the local crowd. One of the breakthroughs of his life came when a London based music industry manager, Gordon Mills recognized his talent and invited him to visit London.
Tom Jones, then went to London to meet David Mills, where he signed a contract with Decca Record. It was David Mills who changed his name to ‘Tom Jones’ and soon with his new onstage identity, Tom released his debut single ‘Chills and Fever’. The song was not a commercial hit and also didn’t make an impact on the people. But Tom didn’t give and set himself to record another single.
Tom’s following single ‘It’s Not Usual’ became an instant hit. The song grabbed the attention of numerous music lovers and Tom’s musical talent was praised and appreciated by a lot of audiences. He gained a status of celebrity and was soon invited to ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’. His work in music was getting better every time and after releasing a couple of his music, Tom decided to begin a new adventure.
Tom Jones started his own television show called ‘This is Tom Jones’ which aired on TV for two years. After the TV show, he started touring the world and released few singles like, ‘She’s a Lady’, ‘Till’ and ‘The Young New Mexican Puppeteer’. But sadly, it was a bad era for him, as his music was not getting popularity and the commercial earning was very minimal.
With a disappointing streak, Tom decided to sign a contract with the ‘Interscope Records’ and immediately released an album ‘The Lead and How to Swing It’. Tom was back in business as his new album received a lot of positive critics and was much appreciated by a lot of music lovers. His another album ‘Praise & Blame’ is supposed to be his best music work till now. Tom has also appeared as a judge in the reality television series ‘The Voice of UK’.
Awards & Achievements
The Tom Jones has been on the list of many nominations and has also got few awards to his name. His biggest achievement would be winning the ‘Grammy Award’. Tom has also received a start on ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’. He is also the winner of the ‘Brit Award’ and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, for his contribution to the music.
Net Worth of Tom Jones
The estimated net worth of Tom Jones is approximately $320 million. Most of his net worth is the result of his talented contribution to the world of music.
Tom Jones is one of the most talented singers and his success can be seen by his net worth. Tom has achieved everything in his life, he ever dreamed of. Last year, in 2016, Tom lost his wife Linda Trenchard, whom he was married for almost 59 years. She died of lung cancer. Tom is still recovering from his loss.