Name: Tom Jones
|Famous For: "It's Not Unusual," "What's New Pussycat" and "Delilah"|
Famous For "It's Not Unusual," "What's New Pussycat" and "Delilah"
“What’s new pussycat whoa oh, oh.” Hailing from Wales where he was born in 1940 as Thomas John Woodward, Tom Jones spent much of his childhood listening to and memorizing the lyrics and moves of greats like Little Richard and Elvis Presley. Already married with a child by the 1960s, Jones worked in construction while dabbling in music as the lead singer of a Welsh beat group that quickly built a local following in the South Wales club scene. It wasn’t long before Jones was spotted by a London talent manager who promised to make him a star.
Although Jones’ first single, “Chills and Fever,” failed to chart in 1964, he quickly rebounded with “It’s Not Unusual,” which made its way up the charts and became an international hit heard around the world. Before long, Jones was a household name in the music industry and, after a few more hits, packed up and moved to Las Vegas where he discovered even more fame as a performer thanks to his tight pants, half-opened shirts and sex appeal on the stage. Choosing to record less, Jones continued to perform in Sin City for 45 straight years while seeing international success with hits like “She’s a Lady,” “Green, Green Grass of Home,” “Sex Bomb,” “Delilah” and “What’s New Pussycat?” to name a few.
An obvious sex symbol in his early career, the now 76-year-old Jones has undergone a noticeable transformation over the years, which he hasn’t been shy about sharing with the media. Nearly a decade ago, Jones confirmed that he first went under the knife in the early 1970s when he had a rhinoplasty to smooth out a bump on the bridge of his nose. After the surgery was a success, Jones was still making huge money with his residencies in Las Vegas so he decided to keep shelling out top dollar to enhance his look even further.
Over the years, Jones has spent an upwards of $100,000 on what he refers to as “some nips and tucks” to enhance everything from his forehead and eyes to his chin. Due to the extent of his procedures, surgeons finally encouraged Jones to put the brakes on jumping on the operating table in 2006. “I went to see a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills and he said, ‘You’ve got to be careful with your lower eyes,’” Jones said. “He told me, ‘Your eyes will be bloody popping.’ He said I should try to look as natural as I can and he advised me against having anything else done.”
Once clean-shaven, loyal fans couldn’t help but notice that Jones changed his look by growing a goatee which, as it turns out, was actually his way of covering the scars from a procedure to remove excess fat from his chin. Go figure! By then, that’s when Jones finally admitted that he cooled down on using cosmetic surgery to improve his look and was dedicated to getting in better health. “I take better care of myself now,” he said. “I drink lots of water so I don’t get dehydrated and I never do more than one show a night.” But, just how long would Jones be able to stay off the operating table?
It was only three years before Jones admitted to having more work done on his eyes and nose in addition to having his teeth capped. Although the procedures were minor and didn’t require extensive surgery or recovery time, the touch-ups still counted against his physician’s orders from only a few years prior. Jones, stubborn as ever when it comes to maintaining his sex appeal, still argues that he plans to visit his plastic surgeon whenever he feels it’s necessary, saying that it all “depends on what I think needs doing.”
Fortunately, Jones’ jaw-dropping $100,000 worth of surgeries over the years has done nothing to damage his reputation as what many call a “musical shape shifter” who is known for his stellar vocals and ability to move from a soulful ballad to a pop hit. His official fan club has even commented about his looks saying, “Jones seems younger and happier, and I think older fans will feel younger too if he keeps this look.” For now, Jones says he is learning to embrace what his doctors have told him for years, “You’ve got to look like yourself, not another version. So, what you see is what you get now.”
As you can imagine, Jones’ self-esteem is still off the charts even though the former “Sex Bomb” is well into his 70s. With no plans to slow down anytime soon and with a net worth of $250 million and counting, the Grammy Award winner can afford to spend a small fortune on whatever he wants—plastic surgery included! In the meantime, you’ll just have to catch him on tour serenading his older audiences with lyrics like, “Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, she’s a lady…”