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Sir Tom Jones’ undeniable talent saw him rise from the working men’s clubs of Pontypridd, Wales, to become an internationally recognised singer with scores of top ten hits. He earned a cult-like following in the UK and abroad due to his husky voice that was coupled with unusual ‘seductive’ dance moves. The singer celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this month and many reflected on the decades he has spent in the music industry. In recent years, the star migrated from the stage to TV screens on the BBC show ‘The Voice’, where he has been able to nurture future talent and pass on his showbiz tips to the next generation. While reflecting on his legacy during a 2015 interview, he found himself at a loss when trying to think of bucket list experiences he hadn’t yet accomplished.
Sir Tom Jones revealed his happiest memories were “on stage” performing, when he could sense that “everybody was having a good time” and he was “in good voice”.
His singing career has spanned nearly six decades, allowed him to travel all over the world and brush shoulders with celebrities from Elvis Presley to Frank Sinatra.
The Welsh star admitted that due to an incredible lifetime of experiences he doesn’t have a bucket list because he had “done it all”, during an interview with Huffington Post.
He said: “Getting knighted by the Queen was fantastic. There’s no bucket list after that.
“A bucket list is things you haven’t done that you want to do before you die, right?
“Well first of all, I don’t want to die, so that can be on my list actually!”
Despite the comment appearing to be a joke, Sir Tom continued to explain that there was nothing left that he wanted to do.
The ‘Sexbomb’ singer said: “I’ve been everywhere I want to go.
“I’d like to see the Pyramids, but if I really did want to see them that much, I’d have gone to see them wouldn’t I?
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“There’s things that I haven’t seen, but I could have.”
As he mused over ideas he would consider for his bucket list – apart from “not dying” – he listed a career ambition he was yet to tick-off.
Tom said: “Actually – maybe a film. I’ve never made a movie.
“Getting a good character part in a movie, something that I would be proud of.
“I did a project for Sky Arts, called ‘King Of The Teds’ and that was great, I had a taste of it then.
“It’s a lot easier to sing, by the way, but I’d like to try it.”
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