Tom Jones recalls apologising to Paul McCartney after turning down offer ‘It was too late’

Tom Jones reveals he would play his recordings to his wife

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Sir Tom Jones, 80, rose to fame in 1963 shortly after becoming the frontman for Welsh singing group, The Senators. Since then, the music legend has gone on to achieve worldwide fame, performing with some of the biggest names in the business.

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Since finding fame, the Treforest born star has spent over 305 weeks in the UK Top 40, recording songs alongside the likes of Jools Holland and Cerys Matthews.

Now, the music icon has spoken of the time he was approached by The Beatles star, Sir Paul McCartney, 78, who had offered to pen an original track for him.

Shortly after the Liverpool legend had made the suggestion, Sir Tom instantly jumped at the opportunity to record a track written by a member of the world’s biggest band.

Despite his initial joy – all was not as it seemed as he faced a hurdle put in place by his then management team.

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Speaking of track The Long And Winding Road, Sir Tom commented: “Paul said, ‘If you’re going to do it, it’s got to be your next single’.

“But I already had a record coming out that Friday.”

His management team, consisting of Gordon Mills and music producer Peter Sullivan, went on to tell The Voice UK coach: “You’ve already got a record, the publicity is all done, Decca [records] is chomping at the bit for you to get it out before Christmas.

“But if you really want to, we’ll stop the record. Just bear in mind that it’ll take at least a month in order to set up a recording session, and all that business.”

The Sex Bomb singer went on to add: “So they put it all on me, and I said, ‘Well, what do you think? Give me some feedback here.’

“And Peter said, ‘Well, Decca’s really on our backs.’ So we didn’t [do it], we put a song out called Without Love, which was a big hit but I missed that bl**dy song, because the timing wasn’t right, you know?”

Speaking of his conversation with Paul shortly after the ordeal, Sir Tom recalled: “I told Paul that.

“I said: ‘. You were quite right to send me that one, it’s fantastic’ and then I heard Ray Charles do it a bit later and I thought, ‘Damn, that’s exactly what I would have done with it’ but it was too late.”

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The pair have faced similar hurdles in more recent times, with Sir Tom offering him the chance to collaborate on his 1999 hit album, Reload.

“And that’s gone on with Paul ever since. He wrote me another song when I was doing the Reload album and I said, ‘Well, look, this album I’m doing now is all duets’ and he didn’t fancy singing on it – so again it was the timing,” he told the BBC.

Tom recently released his first album in a decade, following the tragic death of his beloved wife, Linda, who passed away in 2016.

One track, I Won’t Crumble With You If You Fall, sees the singer vow to be with his late spouse for as long as he can while continuing to go on following her death.

The lyrics in particular are linked to what Linda had told her husband while he stayed with her in hospital for ten days.

Speaking on The One Show, he told hosts Alex Jones and Michael Ball: “Every song on there is telling a different part of my life.

“It’s like the first one I Won’t Crumble With You If You Fall, like when my late wife Linda, God bless her, she had lung cancer and she was passing away.

“I was there in the hospital room with her for the last 10 days.”

He went on to add: “I said, ‘My God, Linda, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself.

“‘I won’t be able to sing, I won’t be able to get the words out.’

“And she said, ‘You must, don’t fall with me. I’ve got to go but you don’t have to.

“‘You’ve got to go and do what we planned to do,’ which was to move back to London.

“‘But I’ve just run out of time but you’ve got to go out and do that now.’”

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