Tom Jones maynot the first name on the list when it comes to who is dominating the music charts these days, but a credible one nonetheless to make headlines this week. The 80 year old UK singer has made history in April by becoming the oldest male artist to win a number 1 spot in the album charts. Jones recently released an album to much acclaim titled ‘Surrounded by Time’.
The album’s name is quite appropriate for Jones’ new record, which is only the latest in his staggering long, multi-decade career. Jones first appeared on the UK music scene nearly 60 years ago in 1965. His first album stormed the charts and was titled ‘Along Came Jones’. Jones went on to become well known for his crooning vocals and the sexy overtones to his music.
Jones became most well-known for his pop single ‘Sex Bomb’ which was released in 1999. The thrilling beat and bounce of the track captured the zeitgeist of the new dawning millennium for many young lovers. With lyrics such as “Sexbomb, sexbomb you’re a sexbomb (yeah) / You can give it to me, when I need to come along”, it’s no wonder the track stayed at number 1 in the UK for weeks and remains burned into the British consciousness.
Jones was born on the 7th June 1940 to a humble background in Wales, UK. Jones received an OBE from the Queen of England for his contribution to music in 2006 and has won multiple awards for his work in the music and film industries. Jones has spent a long time in the public eye, playing to large audiences both in Las Vegas and as part of his role as a judge of the reality TV show The Voice.
Jones is the oldest artist to top the chart with an album of newly recorded material. Vera Lynn holds the record for oldest artist to reach number 1 at age 92 with a greatest hits album.