Music legend Tom Jones is undergoing a DNA test to see if he has black ancestry. Jones, who’s now 75, and renowned for possessing one of the greatest “blue eyed soul” voices of the past 50 years, admitted to London’s Times magazine, that his curly hair and olive completion have led more than a few people to question his Welsh lineage. He explained, “A lot of people still think I’m black. When I first came to America, people who had heard me sing on the radio would be surprised that I was white when they saw me. Because of my hair, a lot of black people still tell me that I’m just passing as white.”
Jones said that upon giving birth to him, his mother, Freda’s skin changed, revealing, “My mother came out in big dark patches all over her body. They asked if she had any black blood and she said she didn’t know.”
Over the past 15 years or so, Tom Jones has shed most of his pop sensibilities and evolved into a dyed in the wool blues singer. We asked him if he made a choice of recording solely age appropriate music: “Yes, it’s to do with age — there’s no getting away from it. I’ve always sang it in the best way I know how. I put myself into it.”
Tom Jones will next perform on November 8th at London’s O2 London.