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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 06:  Sir Tom Jones attends the red carpet launch for "The Voice UK" at BBC Broadcasting House on January 6, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Tom Jones is a Welsh singer born on June 7, 1940, in Pontypridd, Wales.

Influenced as a child by American blues, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll, over the past five decades the singing legend has produced hits in both the United States. and the United Kingdom.

Highlights include classics such as Once Upon a Time; With These Hands; What’s New Pussycat?; Green, Green Grass of Home and Delilah.

Drawing on his extensive musical experience, Jones became a judge on the BBC reality show The Voice in 2012.

From 1969 to 1971, Jones starred in his own TV show, This Is Tom Jones, which aired in both the United States and Great Britain. He spent much of the 1970s touring internationally, releasing albums, hanging out with Elvis Presley and launching a record label, MAM Records, with his manager.

In 1986, Mills passed away, and Jones’ son, Mark, replaced him as the singer’s manager. The next year Jones released the song A Boy From Nowhere, which put him back on the British charts.

From 1988 to 1991, Jones worked on collaboration projects, including Prince’s hit song Kiss, which won the MTV Breakthrough Award. Jones also partnered with singer Van Morrison to release the album Carry a Torch.

Jones married Linda Trenchard in 1957 at age 17, and together they had a son, Mark, born the same year.

In 1974 Jones moved his family to the United States due to resentment of Britain’s high taxes. He bought Dean Martin’s house in California’s posh Bel-Air area.

Though he remained married to Trenchard, Jones was well known for his infidelities. During his career heyday he admitted to sleeping with more than 250 groupies a year. In 1987, he fathered a son through a four-day fling with model Katherine Berkery. Though for over 20 years Jones denied paternity, a DNA test in 2008 proved he was the boy’s father.

For his musical accomplishments, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed on Jones the honor of Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1995 and knighted him as part of the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2005.

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