If you forget about his looks, you still have a man with a powerful and attention grabbing voice. Emerging from the British Invasion, Jones signature calling was his powerful baritone, one of the voices that could mesh with the over the top Pop orchestras that would back him. Amazingly, Jones was able to stretch his voice over Country, Rock, Dance or Techno, without it being a parody. Still selling out concerts world wide, there is no evidence that his fan base is shrinking. The biggest knock against him is that he did not write his own material, but after listening to Tom Jones sing a song, could you really imagine anyone else singing it?
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom (Wales)
Why He Will Get In:
He is considered by many to be an icon and his vocal talent is unquestionable.
Why He Won’t Get In:
He did not write his own material and his “Rock” status is questioned in some circles.
Green, Green Grass of Home (1967)
She’s A Lady (1971)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
It’s Not Unusual (Single, 1965)
Thunderball (From the Thunderball Soundtrack, 1966)
Delilah (From Delilah, 1968)
She’s A Lady (From She’s A Lady, 1971)
Sex Bomb (From Reload, 1999)