NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, November 2, 2015, 2:24 PM
Sir Tom Jones said in an interview published Saturday that he plans to get his DNA tested for black ancestry.
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Singer Tom Jones plans to get his DNA tested to find out if he has some black ancestry, he told The Times of London magazine in an interview published Saturday.
The 75-year-old Welshman gained international fame in a career that has spanned over 50 years with hits like “It’s Not Unusual,” “What’s New Pussycat” and “She’s a Lady.”
Jones, whose parents were Welsh and English, said his signature baritone voice and thick, curly hair has prompted questions about his race for years.
Jones, shown performing in 2012, said his baritone voice and hair texture has prompted people to ask him if he is black for years.
“A lot of people still think I’m black,” Jones said. “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 I’m just passing as white.”
His mother got similar queries when she gave birth to him, Jones noted.
Jones came into stardom over 50 years ago with hits like “It’s Not Unusual.”
“When I was born, my mother came out in big dark patches all over her body,” he said. “They asked if she had any black blood and she said she didn’t know. I’m going to get my DNA tested. I want to find out.”
Jones, whose other best known songs include “Delilah” and “Sex Bomb,” also touched on his status as a sex symbol in the chat with the Times. He has disclosed he slept with as many as 250 women in one year and he later insured his chest hair for almost $ 7 million.
These days, though, he can “never predict when the knickers are going to get thrown,” he said.
Queen Elizabeth II knighted Jones in 2006. He’s scheduled to perform in London’s Blues Fest on Sunday night, according to his website.
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