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Tom Jones to receive lifetime achievement award

Tom Jones has spent half a centuary in the music business Credit: PA

Sir Tom Jones is to receive a lifetime achievement award. The singing sensation from Pontypridd has enjoyed a career in the music industry spanning half a centuary.

He will be given the prize at the annual O2 Silver Clef Awards next month.

Sir Tom, who celebrates his 74th birthday on Saturday, scored his first number one - It's Not Unusual - back in 1965.

Sir Tom Jones apologises for missing Olympic concert

Sir Tom Jones was due to perform on Saturday night Credit: Hussein Malla/AP/PA

Sir Tom Jones has apologised to fans after pulling out of a huge concert in London's Hyde Park which as part of Olympic celebrations.

He was due to perform at Saturday's BT London Live show but was struck down by illness.

He posted on Twitter "Sadly I have contracted a chest infection w/bronchitis & due to doctors orders I've had 2 cancel tomorrows and Sundays show. Sorry to all x".

He later added: "Thanks for all the lovely messages, I don't know if everyones understanding and support is making me feel better or worse! You're the best!"

The concert in Hyde Park is part of London 2012 celebrations Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The 72-year-old was replaced as the headline act by Will Young, who Tweeted: "Singing out the blue in Hyde park tonight! Filling in for Tom jones who I hope is ok. Come along. It's FREE and I'm going to wear gym gear!"