Tom Jones facts: His wife, children, age, real name and more revealed
Sir Tom Jones is one of the world's most popular entertainers, and has pretty much worked non-stop since the early 1960s. Here are all the big facts about the Welsh icon.
1. What is Tom Jones' real name?
Tom Jones' birth name is Thomas John Woodward. His parents were Thomas Woodward (1910-1981), a coal miner, and Freda Jones (1914-2003). He began singing at an early age, at family gatherings, weddings and in his school choir. At 12, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and spent "two years in bed recovering".
2. How old is Tom Jones?
Tom Jones was born on June 7, 1940. He celebrates his 80th birthday in 2020.
3. Who was Tom Jones' wife?
In March 1957, Sir Tom married his high school girlfriend, Linda Trenchard, when they were expecting a child together, both aged 16. Linda died on April 10, 2016 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, after a "short but fierce" battle with cancer.
4. Who is Tom Jones' son?
Tom and Linda had one son together, Mark Woodward (born 1957). In 1986, Mark became his father's manager.
5. Has Tom Jones been in any other relationships?
Tom Jones has said that he was with up to 250 groupies a year at the height of his fame. His philandering once led wife Linda to physically assault him. Jones had affairs with well-known women, including Mary Wilson of the Supremes, TV host Charlotte Laws and former Miss World Marjorie Wallace.
6. Does Tom Jones have any other children?
One affair resulted in the birth of a son. In October 1987, while on tour in the US, he had a brief relationship with model Katherine Berkery. She later discovered she was pregnant. After a legal battle including DNA testing, a US court ruled in 1989 that Jones was the boy's father. He denied the court's findings, until in 2008, when he admitted they were true. He has apparently shown no interest in meeting his son, Jonathan Berkery, who was recently reported to be a homeless busker.
7. What is Tom Jones' net worth?
According to TheRichest.com, Tom Jones is estimated to have a net worth of $250 million (£187.3m).
8. Was Tom Jones friends with Elvis Presley?
Tom Jones met his idol Elvis in 1965 at the Paramount film stage, when Elvis was filming 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'. They became good friends, and spent lots of time together in Las Vegas and duetted until the early hours at Presley's private Las Vegas suite. The friendship continued until Presley's death in 1977. Tom is also close friends with Presley's widow Priscilla Presley.
9. How did Tom Jones get his big break?
He became the frontman in 1963 for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a Welsh beat group. They had a local following in South Wales, and they recorded tracks with producer Joe Meek, but they had little success. One night at the Top Hat in Cwmtillery, Tom was spotted by manager Gordon Mills. He became Jones's manager, took him to London, and changed his name to Tom Jones to exploit the success of the 1963 movie of the same name.