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    Tom Jones...

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    Keeping up with legendary entertainer Tom Jones: When Elvis is telling you one thing and Frank Sinatra is telling you another, it's hard to know who to listen to. But that's what it was like for a young Tom Jones when he first made it in the US.
    In 1965, when British fever was in full swing, the Welsh singer had his first big hit with It's Not Unusual - it was No.1 in the UK and top 10 in the US.
    Not long after, the former construction worker from Pontypridd got to meet his idols, whom he had watched on TV as a teenager.
    He became good friends with Elvis, who took a keen interest in his work.
    "I did an album of standards once," recalls Jones, "and (Elvis) said, 'We don't do that, Tom. We leave songs like that to Sinatra.'
    "And I said, 'Well, OK, then.' And when I was talking to Frank Sinatra, he said, 'You could be a great jazz singer. You should do more big band stuff.'
    "So Elvis was wanting me to be more rock 'n' roll and Frank was advising me to sing more swing stuff, but I said, 'I like it all'. "
    His friendship continued until Presley's later years. Jones still has a recurring dream where he goes back in time to warn Elvis about his future.
    "It was shocking," he says about Elvis's death. "I didn't realise he was that sick. I could see that he was getting heavy, and then he pushed away a lot of people so I couldn't get to talk to him for the last few years of his life because he wouldn't answer any of my calls any more."
    The piece of advice Jones remembers Sinatra telling him is about his voice: "Frank Sinatra did tell me not to sing so hard all the time," he says. "He said because you lose your voice, you're going to blow it, you're forcing, so he said relax a little bit more, you've got plenty there, you've got plenty of volume. You don't have to prove it every song because you're going to hurt yourself."
    But at 69 years of age, Jones's voice has not faded and Jones has never let his success get to his head, and remembering his working class roots is "very important".
    "Maybe the most important," he says. "The early years of any child's life is so important and I was lucky to have a great childhood in Wales. I came from a big family of aunties and uncles and cousins, we all lived in the same town; it was a wonderful experience. I had a great start, and that's carried me through."
    What did his coalminer father think of his singing son?
    "We all sing in Wales, so he knew, but he didn't know I was going to be so successful, so he was knocked out. Because I retired him.
    "The financial side has been very important, so I could look after my family, which I always wanted to do, and fulfilment - I'm doing something, still, that I love to do and I'm getting paid for it."
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    Thanks honey.

    Tom Jones is coming to Australia next February - I'm thinking of finding out about it and going

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    ...thanx for the read franny...tom jones is one of my fav..seen him just once and it was super
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    Thank you very much Franny.

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    You're welcome, friends'.

    Kimmi, I hope you get the chance to see him.
    I always liked him!

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    Thank you dear Franny ! It was interesting to read !

    He was the firstest with the mostest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franny View Post
    You're welcome, friends'.

    Kimmi, I hope you get the chance to see him.
    I always liked him!

    franny

    LOL, thank you, honey.

    I laugh, cause I think of how Tom moves his hips, rofl

    LOL. Tom is playing at a winery.

    It's sold out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merry View Post
    LOL, thank you, honey.

    I laugh, cause I think of how Tom moves his hips, rofl
    I went to see him 2 years ago in Las Vegas and it was very funny he lifted his shirt up growled and older women went crazy
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    I saw Tom Jones beginning of October when he gave a concert in Vienna. It was so great, I enjoyed it a lot. Glad I didn't miss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donut View Post
    I went to see him 2 years ago in Las Vegas and it was very funny he lifted his shirt up growled and older women went crazy


    OMGosh, well, Tom isn't sold out, I made a little error rofl, so I'll see if I can get some tickets.

    We'll have to rate the older women's reactions, from 1 to 5!

    I think that will be a show within itself, lol.

    I'll be very disappointed if Tom doesn't growl - rofl! What a build up it will be

    You have to bring your own low chair to the concert, the venue is licensed (of course, being at a winery) and you aren't allowed to bring your own drinkies.

    Hmmmm I have AC/DC the night before!

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    I'm sure you'll love it, Merry. He has more energy than many of the younger singers of today and a better voice too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donut View Post
    I'm sure you'll love it, Merry. He has more energy than many of the younger singers of today and a better voice too


    Thanks honey. I'll be ready to buy.

    This is where the gig is:




    I think Tom will be a dot on the stage





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    Well, that's the problem with concerts in large spaces but there usually are screens so you'll have a good view anyway
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    Yes,

    Perhaps we'll be lucky and be able to get close. lol

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    I recall hearing Bing Crosby on Johnny Carson in the late 60s or early 70s and he was asked about some of the newer singers he liked-he mentioned Tom Jones ......but also like Sinatra, Bing said Jones should not scream so much because he was taking years off his voice-I guess Sinatra and Crosby were both wrong since TJ sings as well as ever.
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    Thank you Franny, i like Tom Jones.

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    great story

    I've always found Tom Jones a great guy, but I never really liked his voice: too 'thick' and too loud. So this part makes me silently laugh:
    "And I said, 'Well, OK, then.' And when I was talking to Frank Sinatra, he said, 'You could be a great jazz singer. You should do more big band stuff.'
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    I've seen him twice and loved both times! Very good concerts!!

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    Pontypridd isn't too far away from where I live. When TJ was starting out he would get up onstage at the local working men's club every chance he got. A friend of mine would go to the club regularly with her family and she says most people would react by saying "Oh no, it's him again, he's up on the stage - Gerroff!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merry View Post
    Thanks honey.

    Tom Jones is coming to Australia next February - I'm thinking of finding out about it and going
    Hey Kimmi, Might see you there I was thinking of going too!!

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