Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Tom Jones became one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the British Invasion. Since the mid-'60s, Jones has sung nearly every form of popular music -- pop, rock, show tunes, country, dance, and techno, he's sung it all. His actual style -- a full-throated, robust baritone that had little regard for nuance and subtlety -- never changed, he just sang over different backing tracks. On-stage, Jones played up his sexual appeal; it didn't matter whether he was in an unbuttoned shirt or a tuxedo, he always radiated a raw sexuality, which earned him a large following of devoted female fans who frequently threw underwear on-stage. Jones' following never diminished over the decades; he was able to exploit trends, earning new fans while retaining his core following.

Born Thomas John Woodward, Tom Jones began singing professionally in 1963, performing as Tommy Scott with the Senators, a Welsh beat group. In 1964, he recorded a handful of solo tracks with record producer Joe Meek and shopped them to various record companies to little success. Later in the year, Decca producer Peter Sullivan discovered Tommy Scott performing in a club and directed him to manager Phil Solomon. It was a short-lived partnership and the singer soon moved back to Wales, where he continued to sing in local clubs. At one of the shows, he gained the attention of former Viscounts singer Gordon Mills, who had become an artist manager. Mills signed Scott, renamed him Tom Jones, and helped him record his first single for Decca, "Chills and Fever," which was released in late 1964. "Chills and Fever" didn't chart but "It's Not Unusual," released in early 1965, became a number one hit in the U.K. and a Top Ten hit in the U.S. The heavily orchestrated, over the top pop arrangements perfectly meshed with Jones' swinging, sexy image, guaranteeing him press coverage, which translated into a series of hits, including "Once Upon a Time," "Little Lonely One," and "With These Hands." During 1965, Mills also secured a number of film themes for Jones to record, including the Top Ten hit "What's New Pussycat?" (June 1965) and "Thunderball" (December 1965).

Jones' popularity began to slip somewhat by the middle of 1966, causing Mills to redesign the singer's image into a more respectable, mature tuxedoed crooner. Jones also began to sing material that appealed to a broad audience, like the country songs "Green, Green Grass of Home" and "Detroit City." The strategy worked, as he returned to the top of the charts in the U.K. and began hitting the Top 40 again in the U.S. For the remainder of the '60s, he scored a consistent string of hits in both Britain and America. At the end of the decade, Jones relocated to America, where he hosted the television variety program This Is Tom Jones. Running between 1969 and 1971, the show was a success and laid the groundwork for the singer's move to Las Vegas in the early '70s. Once he moved to Vegas, Jones began recording less, choosing to concentrate on his lucrative club performances. After Gordon Mills died in the late '70s, Jones' son, Mark Woodward, became the singer's manager. The change in management prompted Jones to begin recording again. This time, he concentrated on the country market, releasing a series of slick Nashville-styled country-pop albums in the early '80s that earned him a handful of hits.

Jones' next image makeover came in 1988, when he sang Prince's "Kiss" with the electronic dance outfit the Art of Noise. The single became a Top Ten hit in the U.K. and reached the American Top 40, which led to a successful concert tour and a part in a recording of Dylan Thomas' voice play, Under Milk Wood. The singer then returned to the club circuit, where he stayed for several years. In 1993, Jones performed at the Glastonbury Festival in England, where he won an enthusiastic response from the young crowd. Soon, he was on the comeback trail again, releasing the alternative dance-pop album The Lead and How to Swing It in the fall of 1994; the record was a moderate hit, gaining some play in dance clubs. Jones enjoyed an even bigger hit with 1999's Reload, which featured duets with an array of contemporaries and those he influenced. Three years later, he worked with Wyclef Jean to produce Mr. Jones, and 2004 brought another collaboration, Tom Jones and Jools Holland. In 2008, he released another commercial and critical success, 24 Hours, which featured Jones' classic sound backed by contemporary productions from Future Cut, Nellee Hooper, and Betty Wright. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

What's New Pussycat? 1965 Parrot
What's New Pussycat? [Original Soundtrack] 1965 United Artists
A-Tom-Ic Jones 1966 London
Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings 1967 Parrot
Green, Green Grass of Home 1967 Polygram
Tom Jones Live! 1967 Parrot
Delilah 1968 Polygram
Help Yourself Help Yourself 1968 London
Tom Jones Fever Zone 1968 Parrot
Fever Zone 1969 BMG
Live in Las Vegas Live in Las Vegas 1969 Polygram International
This Is Tom Jones This Is Tom Jones 1969 Decca
I (Who Have Nothing) 1970 Parrot
Tom 1970 Parrot
Live at Caesar's Palace Live at Caesar's Palace 1971 Alex
Sings She's a Lady Sings She's a Lady 1971 MCA
Close Up 1972 Parrot
Body and Soul of Tom Jones 1973 Parrot
Somethin' 'bout You Baby I Like 1974 Parrot
Memories Don't Leave Like People Do 1975 Parrot
Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow 1977 Epic
What a Night 1977 Epic
Promise Her Anything [Original Soundtrack] 1979 Kapp
Rescue Me 1980 MCA
Darlin' Darlin' 1981 Mercury
Don't Let Our Dreams Die Young Don't Let Our Dreams Die Young 1983 Polygram
Tom Jones Country Tom Jones Country 1983 Mercury
Love Is on the Radio Love Is on the Radio 1984 London
Country Side of Tom Jones 1985 London
Tender Loving Care Tender Loving Care 1985 Mercury
Things That Matter Most to Me Things That Matter Most to Me 1987 Mercury
Move Closer Move Closer 1988 Jive/Novus
Minute of Your Time 1989 Decca
Carrying a Torch Carrying a Torch 1991 Chrysalis
Lead and How to Swing It Lead and How to Swing It 1994 Interscope
I Need Your Lovin' I Need Your Lovin' 1997 32 Jazz
Live!.. Live!.. 1997 BMG Special Products
Tom Jones & Friends Live Tom Jones & Friends Live 1997 BMG
Reload Reload 1999 V2
Hot and Live Hot and Live 2000 Castle
Reunited Reunited 2000 BMG
Mr. Jones Mr. Jones 2002 Rock
In Concert With Friends In Concert With Friends 2004 BCI
In Nashville In Nashville 2004 Karussell
When I Fall in Love When I Fall in Love 2005 Fontana Int'l
Superhits 2006 Forever Gold
24 Hours 24 Hours 2008 Parlophone

Tom Jones koncert

Tom Jones koncert

Szerda, 11. Nov 2009, 20:00
Papp László Budapest Sportaréna, Budapest

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