Tom Jones receives knighthood from Britain
LONDON (AP) — What's new, Pussycat? It's Sir Tom Jones now. The big-voiced singer from Wales was among the new knights of the realm in the New Year list of honors announced Saturday. Jones, 65, joins a group of previous pop-rock knights including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Elton John and Sir George Martin, The Beatles producer.
Some of Tom Jones' hits include It's Not Unusual,What's New Pussycat and Green Green Grass of Home.
Tom Jones, born Thomas Jones Woodward in Pontypridd, began his singing career at age 3. His string of hits started with It's Not Unusual in 1963, and other hits included What's New Pussycat,Green Green Grass of Home,Help Yourself,She's a Lady,Never Fall in Love Again,Sex Bomb and Leave Your Hat On.
Harry Potter's imposing pal Hagrid — Scottish comedian and actor Robbie Coltrane — was made a member of the Order of the British Empire.
Also honored were Jonathan Ive, designer of the iPod and iMac, jazz musician John Dankworth and playwright Arnold Wesker
Used to be you had to do something bold and daring like lead a nation through a war like Churchill did. Now it appears all you have to be is popular. Sad that it's gone from being a title that meant honor, courage, and integrity to just being a popular figure.
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