Tom Jones was born Thomas Jones Woodward in South Wales to a traditional coal-mining family. He began singing at an early age and landed his first record contract in 1964, winning a Grammy in 1965 for "It's Not Unusual". Knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2006 for his services to music, his recordings have spanned the spectrum of musical styles over 60 years. He lives with his wife of 58 years, Melinda, in Wales and California. They have one son.
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Surprise ... My Best Read Yet
The self-effacing and non-pretentious nature of the writing is incredibly endearing. Tom Jones admits to his errors, but is humble in the life he's created. I wish all celebrities could keep his attitude. I was a fan before this; I'm a HUGE fan now.
I actually felt emotion in this listen. I laughed right out loud in parts, and felt the pain and pride in others.
Johnathan Pryce does a fantastic job narrating. He hits the accent and tempo dead-on ... you'd think you were listening to Tom Jones himself.
Really quite impressed.
Wasn't hugely a fan before, but I am now!
I'm not sure I've ever taken the time to write a review--maybe once for Colin Firth's masterful performance of Graham Greene's finest book,"The End of the Affair". But it would just be dishonest not to speak up about this book, which grabbed me right out of the gate and never loosened its grip. Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce supplied the proper linguistic rhythm and intonation I would have missed as an American reader. Not only did I often enjoy an actual laugh or exclaim aloud with wonder, Jones has that silver-tongued Welsh flair of story telling so personable that keeps you leaning forward. His writing voice is as distinctive and gripping as his vocal one. Frank, self-deprecating, funny, not unkind, calling himself out, it was unflaggingly engaging. Despite his mountain range of a voice and long-lived, many-faceted and rightly lauded musical career, this level of writing talent would tempt me to describe him: "Tom Jones, the author, who also sings." Thank you, Mr. Jones...Sir!
- Kentucky Painter