When Tom Jones met Elvis Presley

Last updated 16:15 18/02/2010
Tom Jones told New Zealand's media about the first time he met Elvis Presley at a press event in Auckland today.
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ICONIC MEETING: Tom Jones told New Zealand's media about the first time he met Elvis Presley at a press event in Auckland today.

Tom Jones talks about Elvis

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There were plenty of names dropped by Tom Jones at a press event in Auckland today.

Appearing in front of New Zealand's media, the iconic Welsh crooner recounted the first time he met Elvis Presley.

The legendary singers first came face-to-face in 1965 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

"I didn't know he knew I existed," Jones, 69, said.

Elvis asked him, "How the hell do you sing like that?"

Jones replied: "Well, you're partly to blame!"

Journalists attending the press conference at Villa Maria Estate Winery were warned not to ask the singer, known as 'The Voice', about his fans' penchant for throwing knickers on stage.

Jones did talk about growing up in Wales as a shy boy who stood out at family gatherings because he would sing standing on a table.

The singer said his initial dream was to make money from singing.

"Now, that dream is to continue for as long as possible," he said with a trademark twinkle in his eye.

His latest album 24 Hours came about after a conversation with U2 frontman Bono, who offered to write a song for Jones.

The resulting track Sugar Daddy, is Jones said, "very tongue-in-cheek". 

Jones said he never got sick of singing hits like It's Not Unusual and Delilah.

"I try to introduce new things into them and there are people hearing them for the first time.

"The people keep those songs alive, and people deserve to hear those songs."

He also revealed he was a big fan of Welsh songstress Duffy, saying he would love to record a duet with her.

Jones is scheduled to perform at Villa Maria Estate Winery in Auckland on Sunday. Stuff.co.nz will have a full review and photos after the show.

Tom Jones
February 21: Villa Maria Estate, Auckland
February 22: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
February 24: Town Hall, Dunedin
February 25: Westpac Arena, Christchurch

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