Tom Jones details mill colleague’s life-changing advice after getting job for wife and son

Tom Jones discusses his marriage with Linda Trenchard in 1991

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Sir Tom Jones spoke candidly about his younger years residing in Wales with his late wife Melinda Trenchard, known as “Lady Linda”. The couple, who tied the knot in 1957, also welcomed their son Mark Woodward the same year, when the crooner was just 17-years-old.

The Voice UK judge explained that he “needed to make money” for his young family and had no interest in pursuing a music career immediately.

The Sex Bomb hitmaker went to work in a paper mill as a labourer, where he earned a “man’s wage” at the time.

The legendary crooner recalled the moment an ex-British army veteran issued a stark warning to the new dad.

Speaking in a new interview, Tom said: “One evening the old man on the machine next to me asked, ‘What are you doing here at such a young age?’

“I said, ‘Well, because I’m married, I’ve got to make some money for my wife and son.'”

His colleague was aware that Tom was a singer and told him to pursue music instead of working in the mill.

But the singer admitted he had his reservations and planned to wait until he reached the age of 21, and “needed to hold down his job”.

“The old man, who had travelled the world with the British army, said, ‘Believe me, if you are talented in any way, go for it, because if you don’t, when you get old like me all you really have are memories of your life,'” Tom continued to GQ Magazine.


The crooner took his advice and decided that he would continue his dream of becoming a singer.

Tom added: “He was right. I remember thinking, ‘When I get out of this place I’m going to really concentrate on singing,’ and I did.”

The Welsh crooner has been entertaining audiences for over half a century.

In 1963, Tom landed the spot of front-man in Welsh beat group the Senators and it didn’t take long for the singer to get a record deal.


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His first single Chills and Fever didn’t hit the charts, but his follow-up single It’s Not Unusual became an international hit.

Tom has continued to enjoy a successful music career which has spanned over six decades.

In recent years, the crooner has become a regular fixture on The Voice, making his show debut in 2012 when the programme previously aired on the BBC and appeared on the series for four years.

In 2016, it was announced that he would no longer be returning and was replaced by Boy George.

The following year ITV picked up the programme and invited Tom back to the red chair.

The veteran crooner has remained a regular fixture on the show since his return in 2017.

The Voice coach explained that his late wife would have been pleased to see him go back to the show.

“She would have been happy that I’m back [on the show],” Tom remarked.

The couple were married for close to six decades before Linda sadly died in 2016, after a battle with lung cancer.

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