How did Tom Jones (singer) get his name?

Tom Jones was born Thomas John Woodward.

In 1963, Tom became the frontman for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a Welsh beat group. In 1964, Decca producer Peter Sullivan saw Tommy Scott and the Senators performing in a club and directed them to manager Phil Solomon, but the partnership was short-lived.

The group continued to play gigs at dance halls and working men's clubs in South Wales. One night at the Top Hat in Cwmtillery, Wales. Jones was spotted by Gordon Mills, a London-based manager who also originally hailed from South Wales. Mills became Jones's manager and took the young singer to London, and promptly renamed him Tom Jones, to exploit the popularity of the Academy Award-winning 1963 film.