Tom Jones has dual releases this week, an album and his autobiography, Over the Top and Back.
Britain’s Daily Mail notes that the onetime womanizer left out any details of the countless extra-marital relationships he had early in his career even though one resulted in a son, now 27, born out of wedlock. He touches on the subject only to deny ever having a fling with Raquel Welch.
Instead, the durable baritone tells his rags-to-riches story, which took him from selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door in his native Wales to being friends with Elvis Presley ..not to mention selling 100-million records and building a quarter-billion-dollar fortune.
Tom’s new album Long Lost Suitcase is his third this decade and stays true to his recent blues-gospel formula. Jones dives into such songs as The Rolling Stones’ “Factory Girl” and Gillian Welch’s “Elvis Presley Blues.”