Stevie Wonder Delivers a Tear-Inducing Birthday Surprise to Tom Jones

Tom Jones, the celebrated Welsh singer, catapulted to stardom in the 1960s with a string of top ten hits, including “It’s Not Unusual,” “What’s New Pussycat?,” “Green, Green Grass of Home,” and “Delilah.” Renowned for his powerful baritone voice, he received acclaim for his dynamic vocal range, effortlessly transitioning from a husky tone to a smooth croon. Esteemed outlets such as AllMusic and the NY Times have lauded his vocal prowess.

THIS IS TOM JONES, Tom Jones, (1970), 1969-1971.  ph: Gene Trindl / TV Guide / courtesy Everett Collection

A Journey of Reinvention

Despite his widespread appeal across generations, by the mid-70s, Tom Jones’s public image had shifted. Initially seen as a wholesome entertainer, he was increasingly viewed as a novelty sex symbol with waning appeal. However, his career underwent a remarkable transformation starting with his collaboration with the Art of Noise on their cover of Prince’s “Kiss.” This pivotal moment marked the beginning of his evolution into the beloved singer and national treasure he is recognized as today.

For Sir Tom’s 80th birthday, Stevie Wonder showed up on a big screen and sung Tom’s hit song, “It’s Not Unusual”. After singing, he left a heart felt message about his and Tom’s friendship that left Sir Tom wiping tears from his eyes. It was a beautiful moment between two of music’s living legends

Now 83, Tom Jones declares that his passion for singing is as strong as ever, and he continues to tour extensively. Currently, he is on a global tour, with dates scheduled in various locations around the world until August 2024. Even at this stage, he admits that retirement is likely not in his immediate future.

The Welsh singer stated, “The only reason I would retire is if I couldn’t sing anymore. If something happened to my vocal ability and I couldn’t perform at full strength, I wouldn’t want to shortchange an audience.” On a personal note, he is celebrating the joy of having a great-grandson. Jones was married to Melinda Rose “Linda” Trenchard from 1957 until her passing in 2016. His most recent album, “Surrounded by Time” (2021), includes songs reflecting on his wife’s battle with cancer.

When questioned about the possibility of participating in a hologram show during his lifetime or allowing his estate to host one after his passing, he responded, “It’s a good question because I’ve never really thought about that… If people want to go and see that then fine. If that’s all you’ve got left of that person and you still want to go and see that because it’s a film of a person you love, then… but I haven’t thought about that because I’m nowhere near that.”

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