Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:46 am
Little Darlin wrote:ColinB wrote:Little Darlin wrote:A Rival .. no way Colin no way.
The very first time Elvis and Sir Tom met, Elvis was singing With these Hands a hit that Sir Tom had out at the time.
Sir Tom has always said that Elvis inspired him to become a Singer so why would he think of him as a Rival?
Simply because they were both chasing an audience from the same demographic area................
I can't buy that Colin. Both thought enough of each other to attend the other's Show. Maybe the Managers did something to stoke the fires with a little jealousy here and there to try and win the Audiences. Who knows.
He said, 'What's it like in Wales then? You come from Wales?' I said 'Yeah'. And he said, 'Do all people sing like that in Wales?' I said, 'Well, not exactly', but I said, 'Welsh people have strong voices, that is where I get my strength from. My volume is where I come from'. But, I said, 'I was influenced more by American music than I was Welsh traditional music'.
So I said, 'It's a combination. I have a Welsh voice, but because of American music influencing me so much, I am sounding like I do'. Because they thought I was black, you know. When they first started playing my records in America, they thought I was black. And so did Elvis Presley. He said, 'When I heard 'What's New Pussycat', I thought it was a black fella singing it'. Which was strange for him to say because they thought he was black when he started.
We became friends from that day on, and that was in 65. We were friends until just before he died. We worked Vegas a lot together, at the same time. He came to see me at The Flamingo in 68, because he said he wanted to make a comeback, live, because he hadn't sung live for years.
He wanted to sing in Las Vegas, so he felt that I was the closest thing to him; I had a similar approach. My stage presence, he felt, was very similar to his. So he said to me, 'You were very successful in Vegas, I want to watch you, I want to see what you do'. And then it gave him more confidence to make a comeback.
He saw me in 68 in The Flamingo, then he opened the International Hotel, no he was the second one in, Barbra Streisand opened it and Elvis was the second one in to the International in 1969, which later became the Hilton.
He said that I gave him confidence to make a comeback, because the group thing was so big, he felt his style might be old fashioned. You know that the single performer, you know, was gone, because The Beatles were so successful.
And he said that because I was so successful, it gave him more confidence to make a comeback, which I was very pleased about, that I had contributed something to Elvis Presley, because he had contributed so much to me, and the world in general, of course, in the 50s. Being influenced by Elvis, I was glad that I could give something back to him.
Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:14 am
Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:48 am
Little Darlin wrote:He's been in the Showbusiness for 50 years or so .. a couple of bad Interviews doesn't make him a Monster where Elvis is concerned .. if he was I wouldn't be such a Fan.
Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:46 pm
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:08 am
Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:04 pm
KingOfTheJungle wrote:I usually Like Tom Jones stuff but this performance is terrible.
About as subtle as a bunker buster.
Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:53 pm
Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:45 pm
iamhekev wrote:I agree 100% with your last 2 post Colin...the only note jones can hold is a £.
Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:30 pm
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