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    At 68, he's definitely old enough to know better. But in this rumbustious, vodka-fuelled interview, Tom Jones reveals - with apologies to the missus - that his lust for life (and the opposite sex) is as insatiable as ever


    We first meet in a London hotel. Tom is wearing black, as he often does. Black polo neck, black trousers, black shoes, strange black hair that looks as if it could be woven from acrylic, and black goatee. He is accompanied by his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Donna Woodward, the svengalis behind his renaissance over the past 20 years.



    Not unusual: Tom Jones has enjoyed a career - and its trimmings - spanning almost five decades
    Jones, 68, also introduces me to a handsome elderly man with snow white hair, Don Archell, his personal assistant, then orders the first of his vodka martinis, and he's off.
    If there's one thing Tom Jones enjoys as much as singing, it's chatting. He's seen so much, met so many people, had such a lucky life, of course he wants to talk about it, he says. He loves being interviewed. 'It's a Celtic thing. The people in Wales, they all talk, and I love it.

    He grew up in Pontypridd in a Welsh mining community. His earliest memories are of tugging on his mother's sleeve at family weddings, asking when he could sing, and her saying he had to wait to be invited. He was five or six, and impatient. Even then, he says, when he got up, he was aware of the effect he had on the little girls. They made eyes at him, asked him what school he went to.

    Enlarge Pop star Tom Jones and his wife Linda Jones at the1965 Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition

    He can't remember his voice being much different - he has always wanted to belt them out. 'Some kids, they sing very high and then they go through puberty and their voice drops. I can't remember that ever happening to me. My voice didn't change dramatically.'

    He was useless at school. Not interested. He thinks he was slightly dyslexic, but says he might be making excuses for himself - perhaps he was just thick. Even on the sports field, he couldn't concentrate - he'd be watching the time, telling himself in a few minutes he could be down the shops buying himself an air gun or at home singing.

    At 13, he contracted tuberculosis. He was off school for two years, most of the time spent in bed.

    'Thank God for TB,' he says. If it hadn't been for the illness, he might have ended up down the mines, like his father.

    'The doctor said to my parents: "Whatever you do, you can't put this boy in a coal mine, because he has weak lungs." And the weird thing is, with weak lungs I've become a singer.'

    The illness changed his attitude to life.

    'When I used to get up for an hour a day, I would stand at the front door and see my mates playing, going up the hills. They'd shout "All right, Tom", but I was so weak I couldn't get out the door.

    'There was a lamp-post at the end of our street, and I'd look at it and think: "Once I can walk from this door to that lamp-post, I will never complain about another thing in my life."

    'And that was it. And if I do, if the thought ever enters my mind, I see that lamp-post.'

    He returned to school for a year and left at 15 to work as a labourer's mate. A year later, he was married to Linda, living in her mother's house with baby Mark. They wanted more children, but a miscarriage left Linda infertile.

    Fast-forward a year and Jones is doing shifts on building sites by day and singing in working men's clubs by night. The women loved him, but it was the fellas who really came to watch and judge. Big, tough, emotional men, they made for a demanding audience.

    'On Sunday nights it was men only. You'd have to make sure you put a bunch of ballads in there. The men loved them. Especially in Wales.'

    It was when he got himself a band, and started to play rock 'n' roll and blues and soul, that women went crazy for him. By now, Linda didn't like turning up to his shows. They made her feel uncomfortable, and she had Mark to look after, anyway.

    'She said: "Go on, I know what those girls are like and I don't want to see it. As long as you come home here." So that's what happened.'



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    In his mid-20s in 1964, Jones, still known as Tom Woodward (his mother's name was Jones), headed off for London, championed by the people of Pontypridd. All he had were his looks, the moves he had learned as a teenager and the voice. He hated leaving Linda and Mark at home, Linda working at a battery factory to make ends meet - he considered it demeaning to be supported by a woman. He promised himself that when he became successful, he would ensure that his family never had to work again.
    One of the things of which he is most proud is that he was able to retire his father from the mines at 50.

    That year, he hooked up with aspiring manager and songwriter Gordon Mills. It was Mills who suggested changing the name to Jones - very Welsh, very laddish. Six months on, Jones made a demo of a song written by Mills called It's Not Unusual and was told it was going to be recorded by a young singer called Sandie Shaw. He knew he'd done the song more than justice, that it was perfect for him, and decided he would return to Pontypridd if he couldn't make it his.

    'Thank God, Sandie Shaw listened to the demo and said "Whoever's singing this song, it's his song", so God bless her.'

    Another vodka martini. A toast to Sandie Shaw. Jones has an incredible memory for dates. 'I recorded It's Not Unusual on November 11 1964, it came out on January 22, 1965, and it was number one by March 1, which was St David's Day. Tremendous!'
    There are a couple of things people know about Tom Jones: he has always been something of a ladies' man - women throw their knickers at him - and, after 51 years, he is still married to the woman he wed at 16. It's not that he boasts about his conquests; others do that for him. There have been countless kiss 'n' tells, most famously Mary Wilson of the Supremes who claimed they had enjoyed a two-year fling.


    Mary Wilson (right) of the Supremes claimed she had a two-year affair with Tom Jones
    There was the paternity case with model Katherine Berkery who insisted Tom was the father of her son Jonathan (he paid out because, he says, he could not prove the boy was not his son - there has been no relationship) and there have been the former associates who have done the dirty on him.

    For the first time on the new album 24 Hours, he addresses his infidelities in the remarkable confessional song The Road, when he sings that however far and often he has strayed, he has always returned home. It is both a love song and an apology, isn't it?

    'Well, I never admit to anything, you know what I mean.'

    He recites the lyrics as if standing at the pulpit. 'I have felt weakness when I was strong, felt sweetness when I was wrong.

    'Linda wouldn't say to me: "What d'you mean by that?" No, she wouldn't do that. The thing that she likes more than anything else is: "But the road always leads back to you." And that's the truth. I will never leave my wife. It never entered my mind.'

    They've been apart a lot, he says. 'But we are still in love with one another. You know, we're not sexually like we were, but we are still in tune with one another, we can still have fun, we still talk. She's still the Welsh girl I married.'

    He says Linda is shy, agoraphobic. When he has well-known friends around, she hides. I also heard she once beat him up after hearing about one of his affairs. 'Oh yeah!' he says, almost enthusiastically. 'She's actually thrown things at me.'


    Tom Jones and his wife Linda, pictured at Heathrow Airport in the eighties. Tom says Linda is so shy she hides when his famous friends visit him
    Sometimes, he says, she settles for harsh words. 'We can be having a lovely evening - it can start off really nice, a nice dinner, back to the music room, put on the old records that we used to dance to when we were teenagers, and it's all lovely, lovely, lovely, and then it becomes: "Well, what about when you did this?"

    Would that be about Mary Wilson? 'Exactly. Things like that. Recently she told me: "If you couldn't sing, you wouldn't have a friend in the world." She thought that was the worst thing she could ever say to me - I thought it was hilarious.'

    Does he think there's any truth in it? 'Maybe! No, nah.' I ask if she has had affairs. 'Not as far as I know. Best not to go into it. We don't discuss it, never have.' He pauses. 'Should we have another?' I'm beginning to sink into a happy blur, while Jones is remembering more and more dates: 1968, Copacabana, New York - the first time he had knickers thrown at him.

    When he went to Vegas for the first time later that year, the women started throwing hotel keys as well. In the Seventies, his income tax rose to 98 per cent; Jones and Linda packed their bags and moved to Los Angeles, where they still live. By now, he was known for his tight trousers, hairy chest, snake hips and libidinous thrust as much as for the voice.

    Was any other performer as sexually charged as him? 'Well, the only one really was Elvis Presley. I knew him very well, and he said I see in you what I feel myself.'

    I ask if it is true that at his shows he was provided with a dressing room and a love-making suite. He looks sheepish and stutters into a non sequitur. 'Well, well - I - no ! Well, we can't go into that, but I do love to drink. Though not before a show.'

    I'm staring at Jones through my martini glass. His teeth are so white. 'Oh yeah, they were capped,' he says. His hair - so black. 'Oh yeah, that's dyed.' His skin - so firm. 'Oh yeah, I had the fat removed from under my chin. That's basically why I wear the goatee because it covers the scar.

    'If I went for laser treatment, I could get rid of it, but I thought, f*** it, I'll wear a goatee. And my nose, that was straightened. Then, with the eyes, they took the heaviness out of the lids.

    'Thank God the plastic surgeon said: "You've got to be careful because you've got to look like you, you can't look like someone else." ' A toast. To the plastic surgeon.



    Tom Jones in action live on stage in 2004 for Teenage Cancer Trust, at the Royal Albert Hall in central London
    In 1986, Gordon Mills, his manager, died. Jones was devastated. He had lost a close friend and his career was in a trough. And that was when Jones's son Mark came into his own. Since Mark had been in his late teens, he had toured with his father, helping out with the lights and design, even the song choices.

    'Donna, his wife, was always talking about things she thought I should be doing, too, so I said: "Why don't you both do it? We can do it all together."

    Mark made his father get rid of the too-tight trousers and hired trendy producers to record with him. In 1988 Tom had a massive hit with the Prince song Kiss and a new, young audience was won. In 2000, he released Reload, an album of covers recorded with other artists, including Robbie Williams and the Stereophonics. It went on to sell four million. In 2005, he was estimated to be worth £175million.

    Monday morning, 8.15am, BBC radio studios in London. Jones isn't used to early mornings, but you wouldn't know it. 'You go on anywhere on Saturday?' he says. No, straight home, I tell him. And you? 'Ah, nothing much. Don and I had a meal, and some red wine.' A second later he realises he's forgotten something. 'And a few champagnes.'

    Terry Wogan and Jones - both of them knighted - are chatting in the studio. Meanwhile, Don Archell is reminiscing about drinking with Tom way back when: 'Oh yes, he was up there with the Richards in the old days - Burton and Harris. 'I couldn't keep up with him, no way. I don't know how he did it. In Vegas, we used to be up till 7-8am. I'm glad it's not like that any more.'

    Don still accompanies him around the world - 200 shows a year. What's Jones like as a man? 'As you see him. Every day. Never changes. Same mood. Never loses it. So laid back.' A week later Jones is on Jools Holland's BBC2 show, Later. As the other acts perform, Jones stands in front of his band, straight-backed and still, waiting his turn. When he gets his chance, there is a transformation - the blood seems to be flowing faster.

    He sings three songs from the new album, and at the end of each his face creases into ecstasies. Back in the changing room, he's buzzing. He thinks his voice is better now than it ever has been.

    'I've only lost a little bit on the high end, thank God, and I've gained a tremendous amount of bottom end. I couldn't have sung in that low key when I was in my 20s.' It's notable how many times, over the days, he's thanked God. Well, he says, he was raised a Presbyterian and though he doesn't attend chapel, he has never lost his faith.
    'I pray every night by the bed before I go to sleep. I say: "Look after my family and my friends and band members and all the people who work with me, and thank you for giving me this voice. Please may I keep it for as long as I live." '

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    i love Tom Jones. love love love.
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    'Well, I never admit to anything, you know what I mean.'
    Well, my goodness, darling, you don't have to. Who would possibly buy the fidelity hype? Middle-class values make for good press releases, at least.
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    I love the randy old goat too. He's a serial cheater but his wife obviously put up with it so it's between them really. He's also a bit random - a bit William Shatner crazy, only Tom can sing.
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    I've always thought he was the ugliest man in the entertainment business....still do.

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    WTH, he's a hot, testosterone-driven stud who loves the ladies. She's still with him so it works for them.

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    I can't believe that's his wife. I had no idea he was still married. If that was her in the 80s what the heck does she look like now!!!

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    His wife stayed home rather than tour with him, his cheating was a trade off for her being allowed to stay home. He was very popular and no one knew he was married let alone with a son. I remember when he first came to the U.S. we all thought he was a black singer. They coined the phrase "blue eye soul" because of him.

    We watched his variety show without fail. He always had a bulge in his crotch area wearing very tight pants. I was to young to know what that meant but my Mom used to pant over the guy. He was hot in his day and more than that I loved his singing.

    It's nice he can laugh at himself now, yep he's had plastic surgery but not Kenny Rogers surgery.

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    I was in an elevator alone with him in Vegas. It was at the Mirage. He was short-I was in high heels. He kept staring & made me very uneasy. Just a short, creepy man. Never said a word-no did I. Yuk.
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    I don't understand why a 68 year old man wants all that dead black died hair.

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    Guess he really was short. Look at the inch high wedge on the front of his shoe.

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    My goodness, his wife must have some mysterious appeal, but I can't see what. She's never been very attractive, and she turns their lovely moments into arguments, and she hides from his friends... what does he see in her?

    And Diana Ross looks like a hideous hag in that picture.
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    ^^ It's cheaper to keep her? She's got issues, he takes care of her and does what he wants.

    I think Mrs. Jones is going to be Alice's next avatar.

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    Did he have a nose job?
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    I love tom Jones, always have. I admit he's not as good looking as he used to be, but I love that voice.

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