By DONNA BALANCIA
Sir Tom Jones had tuberculosis and had to isolate for two years while growing up, he told fans during the “One World: Together At Home” broadcast, and he compared what he endured, to COVID-19 isolation efforts.
Jones praised UK’s National Health Service and echoed the sentiments of people around the world to stay home and follow orders so everyone can get past this challenging time.
Jones, who is 79, is among many including The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, who presented music from their homes during the “One World: Together At Home” broadcast. He sang “The Glory of Love,” accompanied on piano by David Tench.
Jones said he had tuberculosis and he was isolated at home in Pontypridd, Wales, and the protection that that isolation gave him turned him into a supporter of the NHS.
Jones, a sex symbol of the 1960s and 1970s is famous for “It’s Not Unusual,” “Delilah” and “She’s a Lady” as well as other top hits. He made his comments as he pointed to a house depicted in a drawing hanging behind him on one of the walls in his home.
“I’ve lived a long time I’ve seen a lot of things, like this house right here where I was brought up,” he said. “And I was isolated there for two years with tuberculosis and I thought that was bad then. But the National Health Service helped me then like they’re helping all of us right now.
“We have to do our best to stay home, to help the NHS we have to stay home. Stick with it, stay together, and we’ll survive,” he said.