Is Tom Jones Black?

Tom Jones black or white?

Tom Jones: black or white? (photo © Georgio,

Due to his swarthy complexion, gravelly voice, snakelike hip movements and allegedly large member, some people believe that Tom Jones is black.

Of course, this supposition involves a degree of racial stereotyping, which is kind of strange because Tom Jones is probably not black. But he is definitely Welsh.

Being Welsh may not be significant, but there are those who argue that both Tom Jones’ skin color and voice are a direct result of his Welshness.

Skin Color: Welsh people are often born slightly dark of skin in comparison to their English neighbors. Many believe this is due to the Welsh love of coal mining, which, over the years, has turned the population slightly darker than ‘normal white.’ Tom Jones’ father was a coal miner, so the coal dust may well have had an influence on the Jones family skin tone.

Singing Voice: The Welsh love to sing, be it in the mines, in the valleys or in the pub. Rather than having a black or ethnic voice, therefore, Tom Jones simply has a Welsh singing voice. A bit like the Welsh soldiers in the classic movie Zulu.

But that still leaves the snakelike hip movements and the allegedly large member. The allegedly large member is probably true. According to a 2012 article by The Telegraph, “Jones himself has admitted that during his Lothario period he slept with up to 250 women a year.” That would certainly account for the snakelike hip movements, as anyone who sleeps with 250 women a year must have pretty awesome hips.

The Tom Jones Race Debate Concluded

Therefore, it is fairly safe to say that Tom Jones is not black (nor is he a “half-caste,” as is sometimes claimed).

However, in order to bring true closure to the Tom Jones race debate, we enlisted the help of professional photographic manipulator Arthur Glass. Mr. Glass spent three weeks examining photos of both the young and the old Tom Jones. Here are his results:


Arthur Glass: “As we can see from this 1969 photo with Janis Joplin, Tom Jones is quite clearly white — at least in terms of black and white photography. Joplin actually looks darker than Jones.”

Tom Jones black and white

Arthur Glass: “Having manipulated the image using modern technology, we can see exactly how a black Tom Jones would have appeared in black and white photography of the late 1960s.”

Tom Jones race reversal

Arthur Glass: “In this side-by-side, we see two photos of the elderly Tom Jones. The first (‘Before’) is an unadulterated image. The second (‘After’) shows what Tom Jones would look like today if he were black. It is quite clear to me that Tom Jones is not black, but white.” (original photo © Ger1axg, Wikimedia Commons)

As you can clearly see, Tom Jones is not black. Using the patented StudioKnow World Skin Tone Chart, we would say that Tom Jones has a skin color that ranges from Alcoholic Pink to Western Jesus.

  10 comments for “Is Tom Jones Black?

  1. ii
    December 31, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    racist much?

    • December 31, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      No, not at all. It is simply a serious examination of Tom Jones’ ethnicity, nothing more, nothing less. You could almost call it clinical in its racial detachedness.

  2. Michelle
    March 3, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Coal dust can not change skin tone, you idiots. Not even over generations. Learn something about how skin tone works before you write an article about it. You can’t just guess about something and never investigate it and then publish it as a theory. It’s a hypothesis at best, but even the most basic reading into the subject would reveal thats not how skin tone works.

    You should not be allowed to publish anything to the general public. People with even less education than you are on here looking for answers, and you are providing idiotic misdirection.

    Go back to school. Seriously.

    • Jennifer Mitchell
      April 13, 2015 at 9:01 am

      I agree wholeheartedly with Michelle’s response. Sheesh. As if we don’t have enough problems in the world with racists. And you clearly are a racist if you’d go to this much time and trouble to prove someone isn’t black, including the pathetically stupid theory that mining coal determines skin tone. Who cares what race Tom Jones is? His music is sublime – that’s all that matters.

      This ridiculous website puts me in mind of the recent movie, The Imagination Game, where hatred for one group of people led to the suicide of a genius who saved millions of lives and pushed us into the technology age – so stupid people like you can post your hatred for other groups.

      Grow a soul, buddy. You’re in dire need of one.

    • D. L. Jason-White
      November 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      I don’t know why people invest so much time with so many unimportant issues.

      I don’t know why Tom Jones needs a DNA test when he already KNOWS he is biracial. I’m 78 years old and I have been a fan of Tom since he first burst on the scene. You must forgive my memory flaw but I can clearly remember how he made his first U.S. appearance and came to California to appear on one of the popular shows at that time. I believe it was Soul Train — but I cant swear to it.

      But I do remember the story of how his first stop was in the San Diego area to meet his actual father — a retired U.S. Army enlisted non-commissioned officer who was African American. The story goes that his mother (like many other young women of the period), met an American G.I. and gave birth to a baby out of wedlock. She shortly thereafter married the local Welsh man who raised her baby as his own.

  3. Arkivodopoulos Giannis
    May 22, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Actually, he is Antlanto-Mediterrenean with some Cromagnoid influences. I also think he tans a hell lot that’s why his skin is even darker than common Mediterreneans. He reminds me of “Tamtakos, the Electronical Gypsy” a gypsy fictional character played by Greek 80s cult actor Μιχάλης Μόσιος(Michalis Mosios), to show what I mean:

    Michalis Mosios:

    Tom Jones:

    • May 22, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks for your enlightening comment. I think you might be right about the Cromagnoid influences. Well spotted. And yes, that Michalis Mosios fellow does look like Tom Jones’ uglier and slightly stunted younger brother. Intriguing.

    November 5, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I disagree, the skin can evolve, so the miner’s skin evolves over millions of years to be darker as that is what Darwin would have wanted. All animals evolve based on Darwin’s wishes, even traits the change for no positive reason are elements of evolution as they support a theory. Animals love to support theories. What is a member anyway?, I belong to AAA, am I am member, my wife says I am a member, but she is nuts

  5. Roland
    October 10, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    From Wikipedia: The population of Wales doubled from 587,000 in 1801 to 1,163,000 in 1851 and had reached 2,421,000 by 1911. Most of the increase came in the coal mining districts especially Glamorganshire, which grew from 71,000 in 1801 to 232,000 in 1851 and 1,122,000 in 1911. …” there was also a large-scale migration of people into Wales during the industrial revolution. The English were the most numerous group, but there were also considerable numbers of Irish and smaller numbers of other ethnic groups, including Italians migrated to South Wales.Wales received other immigration from various parts of the British Commonwealth of Nations in the 20th century, and African-Caribbean and Asian communities add to the ethno-cultural mix, particularly in urban Wales. Many of these self-identify as Welsh.

  6. Victor
    October 10, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Welsh Asian and African communities developed mainly through immigration after the Second World War. Anyone ever heard of Dame Shirley Bassey? Amazing singer! And what about Catherine Zeta-Jones? (Not proven, to my knowledge, but perhaps some Asian influence there)

    By the way, those “photographic experiments” are RIDICULOUS and insulting!

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