The Best Elvis Story Ever — Told by Tom Jones

Rocking out (w/accordion)
Rocking out (w/accordion)

What a generous man, a great raconteur and that voice!

Tom Jones may be best recognized for pop hits like “What’s New Pussycat”, “It’s Not Unusual” and “She’s a Lady” but, at 75 years old, the Welsh singer is returning to his roots. His latest album “Long Lost Suitcase” is all covers — roots-rock songs from artists who have inspired him throughout his life.

Coincidentally, at the same time he was making the album with producer Ethan Johns (their third together), he also began writing his autobiography, Over The Top and Back.

As I read the book, I found that his unlikely journey from son of a coal miner to international pop sensation is peppered with all sorts of meetings and collaborations – from Burt Bacharach to Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

Speaking of Elvis, Tom had the remarkable experience of befriending one of his idols.

They had a wonderful friendship and, in our mid-set interview, Tom told a hilarious story about the time Elvis pitched him a song…in a bathroom…in Vegas.

Let’s just say they shared an intimate moment and it is well worth hearing the man tell the story himself!

Listen to the interview below and find the full session here.

His energy at our Apogee session was electric and his voice was beyond.

— Anne Litt