Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography by Tom JonesFor a lot of years, Ive answered a lot of questions, but have never told my story before.
Across six decades, Sir Tom Jones has maintained a vital career in a risky, unstable business notorious for the short lives of its artists. With a drive that comes from nothing but the love for what he does, he breaks through and then wrestles with the vagaries of the music industry, the nature of success and its inevitable consequences. Having recorded an expansive body of work and performed with fellow artists from across the spectrum and across every popular music genre, from rock, pop and dance to country, blues and soul, the one constant throughout has been his unique musical gifts and unmistakable voice.
But how did a boy from a Welsh coal-mining family attain success across the globe? And how has he survived the twists and turns of fame and fortune to not only stay exciting, but actually become more credible and interesting with age? In this, his first and only autobiography, Tom revisits his past and tells the tale of his journey from wartime Pontypridd to LA and beyond. He reveals the stories behind the ups and downs of his fascinating and remarkable life, from the early heydays to the subsequent fallow years to his later period of artistic renaissance.
Its the story nobody else knows or understands, told by the man who lived it, and written the only way he knows how: simply and from the heart. Raw, honest, funny and powerful, this is a memoir like no other from one of the worlds greatest ever singing talents. This is Tom Jones and Over the Top and Back is his story.
By Ciara Farmer and Anthony Joseph. Sir Tom Jones has been seen for the first time since the tragic death of his wife Linda last month. The year-old Welsh hitmaker looked smart and well put together as he stepped out his son Marc Woodward for an amble along a Santa Monica beach on Saturday. Sporting a smart suit jacket which he later peeled off, he looked pensive in his first public appearance since the death of his wife of 59 years. Scroll down for video.
The heartbroken singer just didn't feel comfortable living in the luxury house he shared with his wife of 59 years after her death in April Sir Tom , 77, put the property on the market last year so he could move back to Britain almost two decades after buying the property back in He has now told the Sunday Mirror that it was Linda's dying wish to move back home, but she wasn't able to fulfil the dream due to her battle with lung cancer. She took care of all the decorating in the house and the grieving singer admits he just couldn't stay there after her death. Tom said: "That was our house in LA.
His career began with a string of top-ten hits in the mids. He has toured regularly, with appearances in Las Vegas , and has had several career comebacks, such as his high-profile coaching role on the television talent show The Voice UK from with the exception of In , the New York Times called Jones a musical "shape shifter",  who could "slide from soulful rasp to pop croon, with a voice as husky as it was pretty". Jones made his acting debut playing the lead role in the television film Pleasure Cove. He played himself in Tim Burton 's film Mars Attacks!