Birthday Greetings: Kelly Jones




First,  of all likes to wish Kelly Jones a big “Happy Birthday”.

Kelly Jones who is born on 3rd June 1974 is a Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist, and director and the lead singer of the bandStereophonics. Influenced by classic rock bands such as Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Sex Pistols, Jones is noted for his raspy voice, which has been described as “whiskey” and has drawn criticism as well as acclaim. As a lyricist, Jones is influenced by Neil Young, Bob Catley, Steve Perry, Bob Dylan and Otis Redding.

In 1999, Stereophonics were the first band to be signed to Richard Branson’s new Virgin Records label V2. Their debut EP Looks Like Chaplin did not have enough copies made to enter the charts and their next single Local Boy in the Photograph was one place shy of making the UK Top 50. However, their debut LP Word Gets Around did, however, make it to number 6 on the UK Albums Chart. Fellow Welsh band Manic Street Preachers put the band as support on their 1996-97 tour.

In February 1998, they received a Brit Award for Best New Group, the same week as a re-issue of Local Boy in the Photograph made number 14 in the charts and their first album went gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 copies. During that year, Stereophonics had tours in Europe, Australia, and the USA. They performed a concert on 12 June 1998 at Cardiff Castle. They performed a cover of the Randy Newman song Mama Told Me Not to Come with Tom Jones for his album Reload.

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