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Some Tom Jones Charity Work: See If You Can Find The Typo In The Story (If It Was A Typo!)

For Tom’s birthday, tomorrow, we’re going to post a very special charity appeal from a special fan of his with whom we’ve been corresponding for several weeks. Of course, we hope you’ll be moved to help that cause and, to show you that we are following in Tom’s spirit, here’s a story about his charity work.

Each year for the last few years, Tom has traveled to Vancouver to perform at a charity gig — Jacqui Cohen’s Face The World Foundation Annual Gala. The 18th annual event was held June 2 between gigs in other Canadian cities. The photo is of Tom with Ms. Cohen. And, we apologize for this awful photo. That’s what was in the newspaper. Be sure to look for the typo (typographical error) in the story. Or, was it a typo? Freudian slip, perhaps? If you find it, please don’t post it. Let others discover it for themselves. Thanks.

It’s not unusual
Social Eyes by Catherine Barr/Metro News Canada/June 05, 2008 02:12

It was time for Tom and Dom at socialite Jacqui Cohen’s 18th Annual Face The World Foundation Annual Gala.

The Army and Navy [store] heiress looked positively festive in a gorgeous ruffled orange gown as she escorted none other than Sir Tom Jones down the driveway and into her lavish Point Grey home. The 60s-something sex symbol, who is both a friend and Honorary Patron to the foundation, was dressed in a stunning black ensemble complete with a diamond studded silk tie.

The well-heeled and breast-dressed crowd sipped Dom Perignon champagne and mingled during the reception before heading in to dine on fabulous five-star service and food from David Aisenstat’s The Shore Club. Media personality Vicki Gabereau and musician Jim Byrnes served as the evening’s MCs. Later, Sir Tom took to the stage in person to entertain.

I’m not telling if any panties were thrown — but let’s just say — it’s not unusual.

Our First Poster Is Now On Sale For A Limited Time!

Our first Tom Jones poster is now on sale!

In response to fan requests when our 2008 calendar was published without a photo capturing this precise moment, we secured a photo of Tom singing “You can’t be too flirty mama, I know how to undress me.”

The poster is 11.5″ by 17.5″(suitable for hanging almost anywhere, even behind a door or in your closet!) and is, of course, in full color (although the color on these low-resolutions photos don’t do the real poster justice).

The poster costs $20 in the US and Canada; $25 in all other countries. The price includes shipping and handling.

This will be on sale for a limited time. Our 2008 Tom Jones International Calendar sold out and, because we weren’t able to fill later orders, some fans were disappointed.

To order your poster with secure payment via PayPal, just click on the appropriate link at right (”For N. America and Canada” on top or “Outside N. America and Canada” on the bottom). We’ll let you know when they are mailed to you. We’re hoping you’ll have them by the end of May.

If you cannot use PayPal, or have other ordering problems, please email Ellen.

Rumor Or Reality? We Think Tom Will Sing At Calzaghe-Hopkins Fight. But What Will He Sing?

Note: After you read this post, check out comment #2 below. Seems the people who wrote the Welsh national anthem were from……..guess where?……..Pontypridd.

Tom with Welsh fighter Joe Calzaghe in 2006.OK, this is kind of a tongue-in-cheek notion but on April 19 Welsh fighter Joe Calzaghe (pictured with Tom in 2006) is set to fight American Bernard Hopkins for the World Light Heavyweight Championship here in Las Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Center’s Planet Hollywood Ring.

Word comes on good authority is that Tom will be among a host of celebrities from both sides of the Atlantic to attend and, we’ve heard, he’ll sing “the” national anthem.

However, we’ve also read that following the disaster that took place when the US anthem was sung at the Hatton-Mayweather bout last year, it was agreed to drop the anthem singing for this match.

So, we’re wondering if instead of God Save the Queen or the official Welsh anthem, Tom will be singing that other Welsh anthem…you know, Delilah. If that is true, is it possible that The Star-Spangled Banner will be dropped in favor of Billy Joel singing the other American anthem, Piano Man? After all, who could boo either of those songs?

Who’s The Best Celebrity Impersonator?

mccoy Our friend Steve McCoy was just nominated for a “Cloney” award, the honor given by International Guild of Celebrity Impersonators & Tribute Artists (IGCITA). He was, of course, nominated for his impersonation of Sir Tom.

The Cloneys will be awarded at the group’s conference in Orlando in the fall.

Steve says, “I do not think I am Tom Jones. I enjoy performing and it just so happens that the guy I impersonate is a charismatic performer and personality and a phenomenal singer. I used to watch Tom Jones on TV with my Mom and my sister on Thursday nights. We went to see him at the Latin Casino in Jersey — where they had a sign up that simply said, ‘HE IS HERE’ (which got a lot of the local clergy upset) — and he came out in a tuxedo and drove the people nuts. I was a 13 year-old kid and I saw the women taking off their blouses and bras! What an experience. I never forgot it. He was my idol and I’m so lucky I have a full life and am able to get up and perform in front of people and, for the time I’m onstage, know they will forget their problems. That’s a blessing and I am grateful.”

You can check out video of all the nominees here.

We wish Steve the best of luck. We’ll let you know what happens.

You can see Steve at Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana August 3 through 7 and August 25 and 26th at Sprit Mountain Casino near Portland, Oregon. Check him out — especially his 200 Pounds.

Hungry? How About Some Indian Food?

Adding spice to an already hot cuisine, there’s an Indian restaurant in Newport, Wales called The Bombay Bicycle Club.


As you can imagine from the photo, the restaurant is Tom-themed in that it has his 60’s and 70s album covers smartly framed all over the inside walls. Background music is only Tom and the Beatles and Tom’s photos appear on the menus. They also have a cartoon logo of Tom standing legs astride with hands on hips that appears on the windows and elsewhere. The restaurant has been there for years now.

Thanks to Rachael!

And if that’s not enough to prove that Welsh restaurateurs have a sense of humor, there’s a “chippy” (a fish-and-chips shop, to us Americans) in Brigend, Wales named “A Fish Called Rhondda.”

New Interview with Tom/from Joe Szczechowski,

Hello Ellen and Ursula,

Great site you’ve got there. I’ve been a fan of Tom Jones for many years, and finally had the opportunity to interview him (by phone) for a feature that ran in Delaware’s News Journal over the weekend. Let me know what you think, and feel free to add it to your site.

Keep up the good work,

Joe Szczechowski

P.S. It was a great show — first time I’ve seen him live. I was very impressed. If I have time over the weekend, I’ll post a review to your site.

Tom Jones escapes his lounge image


Special to The News Journal 11/13/2005

Tom Jones has always had an image problem. Even as far back as the late ’60s, when early hits like It’s Not Unusual, Delilah, Help Yourself, and What’s New Pussycat sold millions of records, younger fans who knew Jones mainly from his ABC television variety show saw him as a throwback to the Dean Martin/Frank Sinatra-style singers their parents liked.

The hits kept coming in the ’70s, but the singer, whose on-stage gyrations would elicit screams (and sometimes undergarments) from the females in his audience, couldn’t shake the Las Vegas lounge singer label. Then, sometime in the ’80s, a funny thing happened — Tom Jones became cool.

Perhaps it was because Jones, born Thomas John Woodward in Pontypridd, South Wales, never took himself or his overwrought persona too seriously. Or maybe it had more to do with his undeniably powerful voice and a musical repertoire that included pop, rock, soul, R&B and country. In Britain, contemporary artists had started acknowledging Jones as an influence. It’s Not Unusual was re-released and became a hit again. In 1988, he collaborated with British techno-pop group The Art of Noise on a cover of Prince’s Kiss. The song became Jones’s first worldwide Top 40 hit in more than 10 years, and the accompanying video won the “Breakthrough Video” MTV Award.

At age 65, Jones, who performs in Wilmington on Thursday, is still dealing with image problems. He may be older, but he’s far from an oldies act. These days, he has a harder time convincing American record companies than fans of that fact.

“With me and other entertainers of my age, unless you’ve been selling records continuously, record companies in this country are frightened to take a chance with you,” Jones says.

As an example, he points to his 1999 British release, Reload, a collection of collaborations with artists like Robbie Williams, the Pretenders, Barenaked Ladies, Van Morrison, and Simply Red covering songs like Burning Down the House, Lust for Life, and Never Tear Us Apart. The Reload album sold more than 5 million copies worldwide, but was never released in the United States.

“I thought we were bound to do a deal with an American company, because it had been successful everywhere else,” Jones says. But still they came up with excuses. I was told that there were too many European artists who were not known in the States on the album. We did have offers, but they weren’t good enough. We didn’t feel that they were going to put enough effort behind the CD, and we just didn’t want to put it out for the sake of putting it out.”

As a compromise, Universal Records released Reloaded: Greatest Hits in 2003, a 19-song retrospective that included six tracks from Reload, and a mix of old and newer hits.

“Universal got behind it because of the classic hits that are on there, so I think it was a good way to introduce some of the newer things that I’d recorded that a lot of the American listeners hadn’t heard,” Jones says.

Jones continues to record albums that American fans have to buy as imports. His most recent are 2002’s Mr. Jones, which was produced by the Fugees’ Wyclef Jean, and last year’s Tom Jones and Jools Holland, a blues collection featuring the ex-Squeeze keyboard player. Recent releases by Paul Anka and Neil Diamond aside, among his contemporaries Jones’ continued productivity is a rarity.

“I like a lot of modern music,” he says. “I like a lot of new producers. So it’s something that I listen to. When I hear a great-sounding record, I want to know who produced it. That’s why I want to work with modern producers. That’s why I did a CD with Wyclef Jean.”

The Mr. Jones sessions also marked the first time in his 40-year career that Jones co-wrote some of his material.

“I need suggestions,” he admits. With Wyclef, he would suggest something, and then bring it out of me. He would say, ‘I’ve got an idea for a groove, an idea for a song.’ Then he would explain the concept to me and ask me to put it into words.”

Jones believes the key to his success is that he has never tried to emulate another singer, no matter what style of music he sings.

“I’ve been influenced by a lot of singers, but I’ve never tried to copy anybody,” he says. “When It’s Not Unusual first came out, it was being played in this country on black radio stations, because they thought I was black. I wasn’t trying to sound like any of the great blues or soul singers. I was doing it in my own way.” Because of his eclectic taste in music, Jones has always enjoyed working with other artists.

“When I had my TV show on ABC in the late ’60s, early ’70s, ABC realized that I could do all kinds of music, and I could do duets with all styles of music artists,” he says. “ABC was pushing for more middle-of-the-road people, and I was always pushing for rock singers. I got my way, because the TV show was successful. So the idea of doing collaborations with different artists started then.”

Jones says that R&B singer Usher and rap star Nelly have expressed an interest in working with him. “It could happen,” he says. “I could do a CD like Reload with American artists. Who knows, it might even get a record company interested.”

Bono on Tom

In an interview with Bono, Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner discussed the U2 frontman’s musical influences. Tom was among them:

Rolling Stone Cover Bono quote about Tom Jones