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Thomas Jones Woodward was born on June 7, 1940, in South Wales in the United Kingdom. From an early age, he displayed a gift as a singer and often performed at weddings and family gatherings in addition to singing in his school choir. In 1963, Tom Jones became the frontman for a local beat group called Tommy Scott and The Senators. The group picked up Gordon Mills as manager, who renamed Tommy Scott to Tom Jones, and the Senators to the Playboys, and then the Squires. In 1965, the group released the single "It's Not Unusual," which became a massive hit.
Following the release of "It's Not Unusual," Tom Jones released a string of hits, including "What's New Pussycat?" (1965), "Green, Green Grass Of Home" (1966), "Help Yourself" (1968), and "Delilah" (1968). He performed in Las Vegas for the first time at the Flamingo in 1967, and eventually moved to The International and then to Caesar's Palace. Tom Jones' Vegas show was reportedly "a knicker-hurling frenzy of raw sexual tension and good-time entertainment."
In 1969, Jones received his own show, called This is Tom Jones. The series featured some of the hottest bands and performers of the time. In 1974, Tom Jones bought Dean Martin's mansion in Bel Air and permanently moved to America. After his move, Jones released a few songs here and there but did not achieve any hits for over 10 years. In 1986, Gordon Mills, who had been managing Tom Jones from the very beginning, died of cancer. Jones' son Mark replaced Mills as his father's manager and reinvented his look and sound. A more modern Tom Jones released the song "A Boy From Nowhere" in 1987, which was a huge hit and began to earn him a younger audience. Jones came back with a version of Prince's hit "Kiss" in 1988, which was another chart-topper.
Tom Jones' popularity continued to rise in the years that followed, and in 1999, he released the album Reload, which sold over four million copies and was the biggest hit of his career.