Tom Jones, whose full name is Sir Thomas John Woodward, may well be one of the most diverse singers beloved in pop culture. He has performed in many genres, from rock to country to show tunes to techno to dance to gospel to rhythm and blues. How well do you know the star?
Making It Big
Tom has sold over 100 million records! That’s no small task. Few have even come close to this level of success. Since winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1965, his star has been on the ride. Other awards and recognitions he’s received include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989, MTV Music Video awards, and Brit Awards, among many others.
Tom, the son of a coal miner, got his start in the music industry singing at weddings and family gatherings when he was still a kid. He also sang in his school choir.
Although they’ve had some really challenging times, Tom has been married to his high school girlfriend, Melinda, since 1957. He has had multiple, well-publicized affairs, including one that resulted in the birth of a son, but the two are still married to this day.