‘For the last 40 years I've travelled the world singing and entertaining, bringing a bit of Wales to my friends, colleagues and audiences.’
Born Thomas John Woodward on 7 June 1940 in Treforest, Pontypridd, Tom started singing with a band called Tommy Scott and the Senators, playing local venues across the Valleys. He was spotted at the Top Hat in Cwmtillery by Manager Gordon Mills who renamed him Tom Jones and took him to London. His first hit was 'It's Not Unusual'. Many more followed including the classic 'What's New Pussycat', a Bond film theme tune and in 1966 his most successful single - 'Green, Green Grass Of Home'. Although the lyrics fit, it’s not about Wales, it was from a Jerry Lee Lewis album, 'Country Songs For City Folks'.
Reinvented by his son who became his manager in the 1980s, Tom has since teamed up with a whole new generation of musicians including Valleys’ band The Stereophonics, as well as headlining at Glastonbury. In 2005, to mark his 65th birthday, 25,000 people attended his concert in Ynysangharad Park, Ponty, where he performed alongside Katherine Jenkins. Later that year he became Sir Tom Jones saying, ‘For the last 40 years I've travelled the world singing and entertaining, bringing a bit of Wales and Great Britain to my friends, colleagues and audiences. I wear my nationality on my sleeve and I'm proud of it!’
As well as being the ‘Voice of the Valleys’, he is also now the hero of BBC TV’s show 'The Voice' and has sold more than 100 million records since 1965!
Where to Visit?
Tom Jones was born in Treforest so why not explore the area?
He has performed alongside many of our famous choirs, including the Treorchy Male Voice Choir. Visitors are welcome to come and listen when the choir practise at Treorchy Primary School.
07 June 1940