Tom Jones has fond recollections of spending time with The King in Sin Metropolis.
“I used to be staying in Caesar’s Palace, and he was on the Hilton, and any person had despatched him a music he thought can be good for me so he came visiting,” the Welsh music star advised Folks journal on Friday about Elvis Presley.
“After I got here off the stage, he was there in my resort room,” the singer continued. “He mentioned, ‘Tom, I bought this music, man.’ And I mentioned, ‘Nicely, Elvis, I bought to get within the bathe’ – I had been sweating!”
The 80-year-old shared that as quickly as he hopped within the bathe, he began listening to Presley “singing” to him.
“I believed, ‘My God, I’m going nuts. I can hear Elvis singing,’” Jones chuckled. “So I opened my eyes, and he’s leaning over the door singing this music to me. I mentioned, ‘Jesus Christ!’ And he mentioned, ‘The music, man, the music.’ I nonetheless don’t know what the music was as a result of it was an enormous bathe, and there was plenty of echo in there. However we grew to become that shut.”
In line with Jones, Presley’s then-wife Priscilla was shocked when he advised her the story.
“She mentioned, ‘I can’t consider that Elvis can be within the rest room with you on the identical time – he by no means was with me!’” mentioned Jones. “I mentioned, ‘Nicely, he was with me, Priscilla. He was. I used to be bare, and he was half-naked’ – as a result of he had gone to the bathroom and needed to get his leather-based pants up. They have been North Seaside leather-based, which have been onerous to rise up.”
Jones alleged that the pants have been so troublesome to rise up that Presley needed to name his bodyguard Crimson for help.
“Crimson seemed up at me and he mentioned, ‘In the event you advised any person this, they wouldn’t consider you,’” Jones advised the outlet. “I mentioned, ‘Nicely, I’m going to inform them.’ Elvis Presley was a one-off, consider me. He was incredible.”
In line with the outlet, Jones and Presley first met in 1965 on the Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles. Previous to their assembly, Jones had made a reputation for himself singing covers of Presley’s songs in pubs all through Wales. It wouldn’t be till early 1965 when he grew to become a star with the only “It’s Not Uncommon.”
“He began strolling towards me singing my music ‘With These Arms,’” mentioned Jones about their very first assembly. “I believed, ‘My God if the boys again house might see me now.’”
Jones mentioned he and Presley bonded over gospel music.
“He was born within the Southern states and was influenced by Black gospel singers there,” mentioned Jones. “He couldn’t perceive how I had a lot gospel in me, as a result of that’s what he associated to. You see, Elvis Presley was actually a gospel singer. And he heard that in me, and in Vegas, we’d be up at evening singing gospel songs. I might largely hear as a result of he knew extra gospel songs than I did. We positively had a closeness.”
In line with the outlet, the 2 stars remained shut buddies till Presley’s demise in 1977 at age 42. Jones nonetheless stays in contact with Priscilla, who divorced Presley in 1972.
The outlet famous that for years, rumors have insisted that Jones and Priscilla have been a pair, particularly after his spouse of 59 years, Linda, handed away in 2016 at age 75. Nevertheless, Jones harassed that he and Priscilla, 75, are simply buddies.
“We’re not courting, however we do exit to dinner,” mentioned Jones. “A buddy of mine, Jeff Franklin, is a TV producer, and he’s bought an enormous home up in LA. We’ll go up there and have sing-a-longs and issues like that. She’s up there rather a lot, and so, we discuss, and she or he’s a really expensive buddy of mine, Priscilla. I imply, I met her within the ‘60s, and she or he’s been a buddy of mine ever since. However there may be nothing romantic, no.”
Jones additionally clarified that after shedding Linda, he “couldn’t” get married once more as a result of “there’s no historical past with anyone else.” The couple married in 1957 after they have been each 16 and Linda was eight months pregnant with their son Mark.