Happy Birthday to Tom Jones, who turns 73 today (June 7th)!!! Jones first sprang on the charts with the 1965 Top 10 smash “It’s Not Unusual,” which led to his “Best New Artist” Grammy for that year. He went on to score hits with “What’s New Pussycat?,” “Thunderball,” “Green, Green, Grass Of Home,” “Delilah,” “Help Yourself,” “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” “Love Me Tonight,” “Without Love (There Is Nothing),” and “She’s A Lady,” among others.
In 2012, Jones released Spirit In The Room, which features his covers of Paul McCartney‘s “(I Want To) Come Home,” Bob Dylan‘s “When The Deal Goes Down,” Paul Simon‘s “Love And Blessings,” Tom Waits‘ “Bad As Me,” and Kenny Rogers & The First Edition‘s “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).” The set is once again produced by Ethan Johns — the son of legendary Eagles and Who producer, Glyn Johns. In 2010 Jones and Johns first teamed up for Praise And Blame, which featured covers of Dylan’s “What Good Am I” and John Lee Hooker‘s “Burning Hell.”
- During a recent appearance on ABC’s 20/20, Jones credited his son and current manager Mark Woodward for saving him from becoming a Las Vegas caricature: “People are not taking you seriously. You are becoming a caricature of yourself. So that’s. . . he made me aware of that. So I don’t wear, y’know, my pants are not as tight anymore and I don’t open my shirt as far and I don’t pick up the underwear. Occasionally I do.”