Radio 2 and BBC Radio Wales join in celebration of Tom Jones at 80

BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Wales will both be celebrating Tom Jones as he reaches his 80th birthday on 7 June.

A new two-part interview, Sir Tom’s Musical Years, recorded remotely in lockdown will be aired on both stations. His friend and fellow performer Cerys Matthews will ask Sir Tom about the music that has shaped his life and career.

He’ll talk to Cerys about the most meaningful songs that have influenced him throughout his life, from his early days in Pontypridd, through his career, which has not yet reached its peak.

In addition to playing the songs, Tom will reveal what it was about the music and performances that inspired him. He’ll also share memories of his upbringing in a Welsh valley and significant moments from his adult life.

BBC Radio Wales will also have four evenings celebrating Sir Tom’s birthday from Tuesday 2 June at 6.30pm with special programmes about the man and his music. These include how Tom conquered America, hearing from people who have been touched in some way by meeting him and how he’s continuously reinvented his musical style to stay in the charts over the last 55 years.

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