In Sir Tom Jones’s first ever autobiography he unveils a fresh talent as a natural raconteur as he delightfully and honestly recounts his life and career, from his childhood in Pontypridd right through to his less than ceremonious dismissal from The Voice. Spanning seven decades, this extraordinary journey takes us through highs, the lows and everything in between.
Born into a wartime coal mining family, Tommy Woodward evokes a warm and happy family life and childhood. Schoolwork doesn’t come easy, so much so that a bout of TB actually comes as a relief. He leaves school at 15, and finding himself with a wife and child at 16 takes a series of day jobs as he plugs away at the early rock ‘n roll scene in Wales. Despite his astonishing talent, it seems unlikely that – 24 years in – he’ll make it.
But somehow he does. He reveals the stories behind the many struggles to succeed in what was the musical revolution of the 60’s and the very early days of the music business; he sets the scenes of the era that surround the company of John Lennon, Elvis, Sammy Davis Jr and Sinatra (among countless others), he details being thrust into a mega trans-Atlantic television production unprepared, and he muses throughout on what can happen with certain kinds of success.
The Man, The Voice, The Legend
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