would probably call him an icon for Welsh music:
Tom Jones (Thomas John Woodward)
or "Jones the Voice".
The son of a miner has been enormously successful worldwide for over 30 years
now. He is admired by thousands of fans because of his unique powerful voice and
the great energetic performance he gives on stage.
Jones has a very large repertoire, which includes Rock'n'Roll as well as Blues
& Country. His stage presence is so powerful and emotional that he captures
of his most famous hits are: "Delilah",
"Love me Tonight", "I'll never fall in love again",
"A boy from nowhere" and "Kiss".
He exercises a magical attraction on women.
"I am a man through and through. Voice, dance and sex become a unity in me." Ava Gardner: "This is the smell of the male animal, brutality and bewitching song". Since 1987 he has celebrated a great comeback with a new style of (Rap, House, Punk, Electronic).
grew up in the Tiger Bay dockland area of Cardiff. Her immense popularity in
the USA led her to settle down there later in her career. She is perhaps most
famous for her big hits "Goldfinger"
(the title theme of the James Bond film) and "Big Spender".
well known for her world success "Those were the days", which Paul McCartney wrote for her.
In 1970 she represented Great Britain in the Eurovision song contest with the
song "Who's There" and came
second. In May 1999, after a break of nearly 30 years, she went on tour with the
Irish group "The Chieftains"
and had a successful comeback.
from Wales with its heart in San Francisco", has
united the whole elite of Welsh rock music. They also play psychedelic music,
blues and folk and are well- known for their harmonious group singing.
born in Cardiff in 1944, an expressive singer and guitar player. From 1977 on he
Nick Low were the "dream
couple of Rock'n'Roll". He also had a group of his own called "Love
founded in 1966 by 7 school friends from Cardiff. They attracted many
teenage fans and had their own TV series. In 1971 five of them formed a new
group called "Fairweather",
under the leadership of Andy Fairweather-Low.
probably most successful Welsh band at the moment are the
"Manic Street Preachers" ,
four accomplished musicians including Sean Moore on the drums who was the
youngest trumpet player in the South Wales Jazz Orchestra.
started in 1988 under a different name, but it was not until 1998 that they had
their greatest triumph with their album "If
you tolerate this, your children will be next"
reached no. 1 in the UK charts.
has been the Manics' most successful year with the winning of the awards for being
the Best British Group and for the Best Album ("This
is my truth, tell me yours").
Zygotic Mynci" 
(Welsh phonetic spelling for 'monkey'), all from Carmarthen, started off
during their school days in the mid '80s. The drummer of the group, Euros
Rowlands, is by the way the son of the bard – and now arch druid -
Dafydd Rowlands whose recitation of poetry is on the enclosed CD. The
group's style of playing shows a very individual mixture of progressive rock,
psychedelic and pure pop, and folk.
indie pop group "Catatonia" 
was formed in 1992/93. With Carys Mathews as the band's lead singer they reached
their first great triumph when their album "Mulder and Scully" reached no. 3 in the UK charts in
1998. From then on their career made progress rapidly with 2 albums reaching
no.1 in the charts. They are played frequently on MTV.
the last few years Catatonia have become extremely successful and have even been
on tour in Australia and New Zealand. The band's success is mainly due to Cery's
extraordinary voice although she never had singing lessons. She has even
performed with no one less than Tom Jones. The "Western Mail" wrote
that she combines "all the best
stereotypes of Wales: passion, gutsy vocals and a presence that cannot be
equalled by any other nation".
success career of the "Stereophonics"
started in 1996 when they went on tours with other, more famous bands such
as the "Manic Street Preachers" or "The Who". In 1997
they recorded their debut album that reached no. 6 in the charts and in 1998
even went gold in the UK. The UK tour
that followed was sold out and the New Musical Express called them the
"Princes of Wales". Their
success has continued all over the world, especially in France, Australia and
In 1999 the group achieved a number one hit with the album "Performance and Cocktails". They also managed to stage the biggest ever concert by Welsh musicians at Swansea's Morfa Stadium. They have a vast number of fans, whose pride in the band's Welsh heritage can be seen in the "uniform" they like to wear at concerts – the Welsh flag.
Other popular groups are "Super Furry Animals" (who, together with the "Manic Street Preachers", head the list of popular Welsh groups at present), "Cwlwm", "Eden" and "Epik" (earlier known as “Section Five”) whose members consist of senior pupils at Milford Haven comprehensive school in Pembrokeshire.
cf. recordings on the enclosed CD
 das neue rocklexikon vol.1, 1998; record cover, http://www.kensai.com/personal/tomjones/biography.htm
 cf. recording on enclosed CD
 das neue rocklexikon vol.1, 1990, p. 364
 cf. Western Mail, 21-04-1999
 das neue rocklexikon vol.2, 1998, p. 568
 das neue rocklexikon vol.1, 1998, p. 297-298
 das neue rocklexikon vol.1, 1998, p. 51-52
 cf. Western Mail, 10-04 and 19-04-1999; http://www.manics.co.uk/manics/band/history
 Listen to it on the enclosed CD!
 cf. http://www.ubl.com/ubl_artist.asp?artistid=3701&p_id=P+++182746
 cf. Western Mail, 01-03 an 03-03 and 02-04-1999;
 Western Mail, 02-04-1999
 cf. Western Mail, 10-04 and 02-08-1999; http://www.stereophonics.co.uk/biography/display.html