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Jerry Jones celebrates 70th birthday, bigwigs Tom Jones, Jon Bon Jovi take part


(Jones, with Texas U.S. Senator Kay Bailey)

On Saturday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will celebrate his 70th birthday. Not only that, his wife, Gene, celebrates her 70th as well, not to mention the couple will also be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

If that wasn’t enough, Saturday is also the 90th birthday of Double-J’s mother, Arminta Jones, so there is whole bunch of big milestones going on within the Jones clan, so a black-tie event was organized and held Thursday at Cowboys Stadium’s Legends Club. And not surprisingly, a veritable who’s who helped Double-J celebrate the Big-Seven-Oh, including movers and shakers from the world of sports, Hollywood A-listers, other assorted bigwigs and…Jon Bon Jovi.

According to a Dallas Morning News report, the aforementioned Jon Bon Jovi apparently served as the “anchorman” for a “welcome to the party” video production that also featured the likes of Jamie Foxx, ex-Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, former Cowboys great and current NFL analyst Michael Irvin and a bevy of other personalities from television and sports.

And the guest list? Check this out:

Oh, there was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Fox Sports’ outgoing executive brain trust of Dave Hill and Ed Goren.

Tony Romo and his wife, Candice Crawford Romo, were on hand along with teammates Jason Witten and his wife, Michelle, and DeMarcus Ware and his wife, Taniqua.

From the broadcast booth, there was Al Michaels, Troy Aikman and Joe Buck.

In the middle of his run for another Dancing With the Stars title run, Emmitt Smith attended with his wife, Pat.

From the pizza world, Papa John’s founder and chairman Papa John Schnatter came to wish his partners well. (Schnatter and the Jones family co-own more than 70 Papa John’s pizza outlets.)

 Quite the procession of big-time and big-name folks to hobnob and rub elbows with, wouldn’t you say?

And while Jerry Jones most certainly was involved in planning and orchestrating the gala, one detail was kept secret from Jones: Welshman Tom Jones was a surprise guest, and he proceeded to serenade Jerry and Gene. I imagine “Happy Birthday” was on the set list, as well as some standards from the singer’s remarkable career, such as “It’s Not Unusual” and “What’s New Pussycat?”, but if Tom Jones didn’t perform his not-cheesy-at-all cover of Prince’s “Kiss”, well, I don’t know how to respond to that sad state of affairs.