Sir Thomas Jones Woodward, OBE (born 7 June 1940), known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh pop music singer particularly noted for his powerful voice. He was born in Treforest, Pontypridd, near Cardiff in South Wales, United Kingdom.
His early hits include:
- "It's Not Unusual" (1965), Jones' signature song
- "What's New Pussycat?", written by Burt Bacharach for What's New, Pussycat? (1965)
- "Thunderball", the theme for the James Bond film of the same name (1965) - an urban legend states that upon hitting the final high note of the song Jones actually passed out, but that the take was so good it was the version that was released. Jones later denied this.
- "Green Green Grass of Home" (1966), his most successful single, which was interpreted by many to refer to Jones' native Wales (correctly, according to Jones), despite having been originally written (by Curly Putman) about the USA.
- "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" (1967)
- "Delilah" (1968)
- "Help Yourself" (1968), used recently in an ad campaign for Diet Dr Pepper
- "Without Love" (1969).
- "She's A Lady" (1971), his highest charting US single, peaking at #2. Written by Paul Anka