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Tom Jones (Thomas Jones Woodward) was born in Pontypridd, South Wales, in 1940. He sang in the Church choir. In 1964 Tom Jones released Chills and Fever, which was not a great success. But the following year his career began to take off with the hit album It's Not Unusual. The title track climbed quickly to number one on the UK charts, and later in another 12 countries. The song is now a classic. The song, composed by Gordon Mills and Les Reed, paired with Jones' sexy image and powerful vocals, soon caught the media's attention. "Once Upon A Time" and "With These Hands" also enjoyed attention from the media and fans during the same year. Jones also hit it big when he performed "What's New Pussycat?" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The song became an instant hit in the UK as well as the US.
In the evening, Tom Jones performed in bars, where Gordon Mills, his first manager, spotted him. Tom Jones sounded black and sexy and knew how to move. In 1964, the two men landed a record contract with Decca. Already his second single, It's Not Unusual, became an international hit. Within a year, he was a superstar and remained on that level in the 1960s and 1970s.