Arise Sir Tom Jones

Arise Sir Tom Jones

Author
Gwen Russell
Details
Hardback, John Blake Publishing
ISBN
9781844543229
Date Published
Mar 2007
Price:
£17.99
Synopsis
From the Welsh town of Pontypridd to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, from selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door to sell-out Las Vegas shows, Tom Jones is Britain's best loved singer/songwriter. Having recently received the ultimate accolade - a knighthood from the Queen - this comprehensive biography celebrates Tom's remarkable career and reveals the man behind the icon. In his time Tom has tried his hand at pop, rock, country, big band, dance and jazz - and he is still going strong today. As a child tom regularly sang at family gatherings and his mother's Women's Guild meetings, and by the late 1950s had become entranced by the rock n roll on his radio. But he soon became something of a tear away, missing school, drinking an chasing girls. Celebrity biographer Gwen Russell traces Tom's phenomenal journey from his first South Wales gigs as an unsigned front man to his breakthrough hit 'It's Not Unusual' and beyond to his stardom as the voice behind 'What's New Pussycat' and 'Delilah'. But it has not all been plain sailing for the legendary Grammy and Brit Award winning entertainer whose shows are renowned for knicker-hurling frenzies. Tom was struck down by turberculosis and bed-ridden for almost a year; he had had affairs; lost his long term manager to cancer; and ridden the quiet times in his career to come out on top. This informative and affectionate account is based on Tom's own memories and recollections from fabulous friends, relatives and contemporaries. It paints a complete portarit of one of Britain's most talented men; a true national treasure.

About The Author
Gwen Russell is a highly successful journalist and author, specialising in the celebrity circuit. She is currently based in Bath.