Tom Jones, the legendary Australian singer who died in 1993 at the age of 74, has long been a pop icon.
In the early days, he was the son of a singer and a jazz drummer.
His parents, who had been in the industry for 40 years, took the opportunity to move to New York and take up the music business, and Tom Jones became a superstar.
Tom Jones and his wife, Debbie, with the couple’s children.
But Tom Jones died on March 2, 1993, at the ripe old age of 84.
He left behind two sons, David, who died at age 42, and Peter, who also died at the same age.
Tom and Debbie Jones in the 1980s.
He was known as a man of many talents, but also a great entertainer and a humanitarian.
Tom’s life and career is still shrouded in mystery, as his final recorded performance was at the New York City Opera House on December 2, 2017, his 100th birthday.
In an era when many artists were making big money on their last days, Tom Jones’ legacy remains an enigma.
There is no known record of his death, and the family was unable to get in touch with him to ask for his final words.
Tom, who was born on March 1, 1917, in the Australian state of Victoria, is credited with being one of the first Australian musicians to break into the international mainstream with his debut album, ‘Sugar Baby’.
It was the start of a meteoric rise in Australian pop music that saw him become a national superstar.
His first record, ‘Sweet Baby’, appeared in 1927 and was released in Australia in 1928.
He went on to play in numerous other countries, and also recorded in England, France, Belgium, Germany, the United States and Japan.
After recording a number of singles in Australia and the United Kingdom, Tom moved to New Zealand, where he would record for the BBC and The Times in Australia.
In 1931, he moved to the United Arab Emirates, where his first major success would come.
His popularity in the Middle East soon spread to Europe, where the song ‘Catch Me If You Can’ became an international hit.
In 1932, he recorded ‘I Love the Sun’ in England.
He would go on to release eight albums in the United Stated and United Kingdom between 1931 and 1933, and another two in the West Midlands, England, and Japan, before returning to Australia in 1937.
In 1937, Tom was a part of the band The Byrds, and would record several albums in his career before his death in 1993.
But he left behind a significant legacy as an international pop star, and a lifelong advocate for animal rights.