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2003 Inductee

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Entertainer

 

Tom Jones (b. 1940)

 

Tom Jones’ recording career, which has spanned nearly four decades, has included music ranging from pop and rock to rhythm and blues. A native of South Wales, Jones signed his first record contract with Decca Records in 1964.

When the song “It’s Not Unusual” became an international hit, he found himself opening for the Rolling Stones and performing with the Spencer Davis Group. A string of gold singles and albums followed, making Tom Jones a global household name.

By 1971, Jones had sold more than 30 million records in all genres around the world. A 1988 collaboration with British avante-garde techno-pop group The Art of Noise resulted in Kiss, a record that put Jones back in the Top 10 charts in Europe and the Top 40 in the United States. He has continued his varied recording career with interesting and surprising collaborations, culminating in the 1999 collection Reload, which sold 5 million copies around the world.

In film, he played himself and helped save the world in Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks, and has been immortalized as a character in The Simpsons. Today, Jones continues to tour and perform before international audiences, with regular shows in Las Vegas (where he first performed in 1967) and Atlantic City. In March 2006 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming Sir Tom Jones.

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