The famous and highly popular Sir Tom Jones has collected an award for his outstanding contribution to music at a charity event. Sir Tom follows previous high profile stars including Sir Elton John and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber in receiving the Music Industry Trusts Award. Sir Tom, aged 70, has notched up dozens of hits since making his chart debut over 45 years ago in 1964 with his song It’s Not Unusual. About 1,000 guests attended the event on Monday evening in aid of Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Previous recipients of the award have included Beatles producer Sir George Martin, James Bond composer John Barry and Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records.
Amon the guests on the night were Sir George, comedian Rob Brydon and singer Michael Ball. A charity auction which was held was highly successful with many thousands being raised. A statue of John Lennon and Yoko Ono donated by singer Kate Bush fetched £7,500. Sir Tom Jones spoke of his delight at winning the award, “2010 is shaping up to be a very memorable year for me. I’m delighted to be honoured with the Music Industry Trusts Award and to join the roll call of some great past honourees, such as George and Ahmet”. Chairman of the awards committee commented, “Tom Jones is one of those rare beings, a timeless entertainer, a great guy who clearly loves what he does and whose talent appeals to successive generations”.