Jun. 7th, 1940
Pontypridd, Wales, UK
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Born in Pontypridd, South Wales, in 1940 to a traditional coal-mining family, he began singing at an early age in church and in the school choir. Left school at 16 and was married, having a son a year later. He brought in money for his family from an assortment of jobs, singing in pubs at night. By 1963, he was playing regularly with his own group in the demanding atmosphere of working mens clubs. Gordon Mills, a performer who had branched out into songwriting and management went to see him. He became his manager and landed him a record contract in 1964. They made a great team and had huge international success with their second single, a song penned by Mr Mills -- "It's Not Unusual." An avalanche of gold singles and albums followed. Mr Jones, a vocal powerhouse, has sustained his popularity for over three decades, and his recordings have spanned the spectrum of musical styles. Now lives with his wife Melinda in homes in Wales and California.
- Has a son and a daughter. Also has two grandsons (son Mark's sons).
- First male to perform a James Bond opening credits song.
- Won a Brit Award for Best Male Artist in 2000 for the first time in more than 30 years of his music career.
- Insured his chest hairs for $7 million [February 7, 2008].
- Allegedly passed out in the studio after holding the final note of "Thunderball," while recording the song from the James Bond movie of the same name.
- While visiting the US, Jones met 'Elvis Presley' (qv) in the set of _Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)_ (qv) and their friendship began. Later Jones and Presley met a couple of times in Las Vegas.
- He once performed "It's Not Unusual" live to the audience, and as he was dancing, he ripped the bottom part of his trousers!.
- Contrary to widespread belief, "it's Not Unusual" was not his debut single. "Chills and Fever" was released six months earlier. It later became an audience favorite.