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Tom Jones is a Welsh rock, pop, blues and soul singing legend best known as a hit maker over the last five decades in the U.S. and U.K.
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Success continued through the 2000s, during which time he won many accolades, including the Brit Award for Best Male Artist. Other highlights included a performance for U.S. President Bill Clinton at the White House Millennium Celebration and for Britain’s monarchy for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Jones also won the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
He released another hit album, Mr. Jones,
in collaboration with Wyclef Jean in 2003 and worked with Jools Holland the next year to release the album Tom Jones & Jools Holland. He reached his 19th U.K. Top Hit in 2006, with Stoned in Love. In 2008, Jones released his first album in 15 years in the United States, 24 Hours. His acclaimed album Praise & Blame debuted in 2010 and brought him the best reviews in his career.
Drawing on his extensive musical experience, in 2012 Jones became a judge on the BBC musical-competition reality show The Voice. In May of that year he released the album Spirit in the Room, which included covers of songs by Paul McCartney, Paul Simon and other notable artists.
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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