Sir Tom Jones “all shook up” after Elvis advice

Sir Tom Jones was “all shook up” after Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra gave the Welsh singer some differing advice

The King of Rock and Roll told Sir Tom to do more songs like him – and Sinatra told him to cover the classic crooner numbers.

Sir Tom told Music Week:

“Elvis was always buying my records and he would pass comment on them.

“I did an album called ‘From The Heart’ that was all old standards and he said, ‘Tom, we don’t do that. You leave that to Frank Sinatra…’

“But then at the same time, I’d go to a bar and Frank Sinatra would be there and I’d have a drink with him, and he’d go, ‘Tom, you need to do more standards, f*** that rock and roll stuff…’

“So, I had Elvis Presley pulling on me to do more rock and roll tunes and Sinatra telling me to do ‘Fly Me To The Moon’!

“As a singer it’s not a bad position to be in, is it?”

Well, it’s not unusual…

About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV’s Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.