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Possessing one of the most powerful and immediately identifiable voices in pop music, Sir Tom Jones was the dynamic performer of a string of hit songs between 1965 and 1972, including the irrepressible "What's New, Pussycat?" "It's Not Unusual," "Delilah" and "She's a Lady." Blessed with both good looks and a superb voice, Jones' early career tended to favor the former over the latter, and the soulful qualities of his delivery were set aside in favor of a swaggering, ribald stage presence that had female fans tossing their underwear to him in swooning hysteria. A lengthy fallow period in the late 1970s and early 1980s preceded a comeback - largely engineered by his son - that remade Jones as an R&B singer and topnotch interpreter of contemporary material, as evidenced by his hit rendition of Prince's "Kiss." His revival continued for the next three decades, during which he continued to mine the soul material he loved as a youth while enjoying the praise of a generation that grew up on his '60s tracks. Knighted in 2006 for his numerous contributions to music, Jones remained among that rare class of singers who had both vocal strength and subtle phrasing, which carried his legend well into the 21st...

Possessing one of the most powerful and immediately identifiable voices in pop music, Sir Tom Jones was the dynamic performer of a string of hit songs between 1965 and 1972, including the irrepressible "What's New, Pussycat?" "It's Not Unusual," "Delilah" and "She's a Lady." Blessed with both good looks and a superb voice, Jones' early career tended to favor the former over the latter, and the soulful qualities of his delivery were set aside in favor of a swaggering, ribald stage presence that had female fans tossing their underwear to him in swooning hysteria. A lengthy fallow period in the late 1970s and early 1980s preceded a comeback - largely engineered by his son - that remade Jones as an R&B singer and topnotch interpreter of contemporary material, as evidenced by his hit rendition of Prince's "Kiss." His revival continued for the next three decades, during which he continued to mine the soul material he loved as a youth while enjoying the praise of a generation that grew up on his '60s tracks. Knighted in 2006 for his numerous contributions to music, Jones remained among that rare class of singers who had both vocal strength and subtle phrasing, which carried his legend well into the 21st century.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 I Am Ali (2014)
2.
 Emperor's New Groove, The (2000) Voice Of Theme Song Guy
3.
 Agnes Browne (1999) Himself
4.
 Mars Attacks! (1996) Himself
5.
 Jerky Boys, The (1995) Tom Jones
6.
 Pleasure Cove (1979) Raymond Gordon
7.
 VH1 Divas (2004) Performer
10.
 Men Strike Back (2000)
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1963:
Joined local beat group The Senators, billing himself as Tommy Scott
1964:
Changed surname to Jones; released first single "Chills and Fever"
1965:
Follow-up single "It's Not Unusual" became international hit; song featured pre-fame Elton John on keyboards
1965:
Recorded title tracks for "What's New Pussycat" and James Bond film "Thunderball"
1967:
Made Las Vegas performance debut at the Flamingo
1969:
Hosted TV variety show "This Is Tom Jones" (ABC)
1971:
Released hit single "She's a Lady," penned by Paul Anka
1976:
Landed at No. 1 on <i>Billboard</i> country chart with "Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow"
1988:
Recorded cover version of Prince's "Kiss" with synthpop group Art of Noise
1991:
Co-starred with Sinead O¿Connor in TV musical "The Ghosts of Oxford Street" (Channel 4)
1999:
Resurrected career with covers album <i>Reload</i>; also featured original song "Sex Bomb"
2000:
Lent voice to Theme Song Guy in animated feature "The Emperor's New Groove"
2008:
Released <i>24 Hours</i>, his first album of new material to be issued in the U.S. for over 15 years
2009:
Returned to top of U.K. singles charts with cover of "Islands in the Stream"; recorded with Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees
2012:
Appeared on BBC talent competition "The Voice UK" as a judge alongside Jessie J, will.i.am, and Danny O'Donoghue
2012:
Performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace, singing "Delilah" and "Mama Told Me Not to Come"
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