Tom Jones Still Rocks After More Than 50 Years
January 15, 2018 17:36 By Fabiosa
Tom Jones has been making music for over 50 years. He was around at the time of The Beetles and gave the British boy band a good run for their money. He successfully made music crossing genres from pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul, and gospel.
If you watch the James Bond movies, you likely have heard this iconic singer belting out notes for a theme song or two. And the man had some pretty intense dance moves that got audiences going wild in the 60s.
His sense of humor is also epic and he is known to drop a humorous line here and there.
Oh yeah, I would have been a coal miner, I would think, if I hadn't had tuberculosis when I was 12.
He has been a judge on The Voice UK since 2012 (with the exception of 2016) and has been instrumental in the shaping of a new generation of musicians. And in his usual fashion, Jones is never shy to show the young ones how to hit those notes.
He put up this special performance of Shake, Baby Shake recently on The Voice UK.
He has sold over 100 million records in his career and maintains a reported net worth of over £200 million. These 5 songs are some of his greatest hits:
1. It's Not Unusual (1965)
This song was one of three Number 1 songs the singer scored in the 1960s. Originally intended as a demo and performed for British pop star, Sandie Shaw, Jones went on to record the song himself. This came after Sandie felt that Jones would do an awesome job at it.
2. Green, Green Grass of Home (1965)
While visiting America, Jones was inspired to write this song after listening to an album by Jerry Lee Lewis. After 7 weeks of steady airplay, he remained the Number 1 spot and not even the fierce competition from the Beatles could shift him.
3. Delilah (1968)
PJ Proby was to perform this song written by Tom Jones, but he hated it. So, Tom decided to go ahead and record it anyway. And it was a hit! Several musicians have recorded their own versions of the song but none measure up to the original.
4. She's a Lady (1971)
Paul Anka takes credit for writing this song that saw Jones recording his best sales ever while clinching the Number 1 spot in America. Although the lyrics would be termed sexist in modern day America, it still remains a classic. Jones took the show on the road and performed at several gigs with local backing vocals.
5. My Yiddishe Momme (2005)
He recorded this song three times, and each iteration grew to garner the same attention from his fans around the world. The song is also known as The Jewish Mother and was written by Jack Yellen and Lew Pollack.
This nostalgic song has been sung by various other artists in tribute to late mothers and forgotten heroes.