Even the biggest stars get tips from other singers as Tom Jones has revealed to the UK Music Business magazine MUSIC WEEK.
Frank Sinatra apparently told the Welsh wizard of song, “Tom, you need to do more standards, **** that rock and roll stuff.”
Tom says that he got very different advice from The King, “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’. 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?”
He also told the magazine that he hadn’t been intimidated by the greats,
“All the people I’ve met, the bigger they are the nicer they are. Elvis Presley was one of the nicest fellas you could ever wish to meet. Sammy Davis Jr. was fantastic, Frank Sinatra, they were real people. It was the ones you’d meet who were like Frank Sinatra copies and the Elvis Presley merchants. They’d try to give you advice and you’d think, ‘What the **** do you know? You’re just copying somebody else!’ But when you meet the real people they’re unbelievable. You’d meet these people like Jerry Lee Lewis, he was crazy but he was great. We had a night out together and became really great friends.”
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