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Sir Tom Jones met many famous names in his career, especially when he had an ATV series. This Is Tom Jones saw the Welsh singer perform alongside some big names, from Little Richard to Janis Joplin. Sir Tom may not have been close to all of them, but one of these people became a close enough friend to have had a nickname for him.
Was Sir Tom Jones friends with Frank Sinatra?
Sir Tom Jones made friends with many of the big names, sometimes through his TV show and also through his time performing in Las Vegas.
While it is not clear how they met, as Frank did not perform on Sir Tom's TV series, they had one particular moment which would suggest, even if they were not close friends, there was a respect which existed between them.
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Speaking on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast, Sir Tom even revealed how Frank was the one man to call him by his full first name: Thomas.
He said: "I've got a great picture of Sinatra and myself, when I was at Caesar's Palace, I was coming through the casino because I was going to see Sammy Davis.
"And Sinatra's sitting at the bar, and he says, 'Thomas!'
"I think he was the only guy that used to call me Thomas.
"So anyway I thought, 'Uh oh, it's Frank,' so he says, 'Come on and sit down.'"
Frank seemed to have been in a mischievous mood, telling Tom he would order Sammy to postpone his show for 30 minutes so he could have a conversation with Sir Tom.
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Frank then instructed a photographer to capture the moment, which Sir Tom is forever grateful for.
He added: "I sat there and we drank. And there was a girl who wanted a picture, so she came up with a little camera...
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"So we called the camera girl over and we had this great shot together.
"I've got to thank that girl, whoever she was, who wanted that picture because I've got a... classic where I'm sitting at the bar and he's got his hand on my shoulder...
"It's fantastic. So I've got a lot of those pictures with Elvis, with Jerry Lee Lewis, with Little Richard, with all of my heroes."
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In an interview with Music Week, Sir Tom revealed he and Frank talked more than just pictures, but he received conflicting advice from Frank and another of his heroes: Elvis Presley.
The two singers seemed to both want to mentor Sir Tom, but with differing views of what genre the Welsh crooner should focus on.
Sir Tom said: "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...'
"But then at the same time, I'd go to a bar and Frank Sinatra would be there and I'd have a drink with him and he'd go, 'Tom, you need to do more standards, f*** that rock and roll stuff...'
"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?"
For Sir Tom, Elvis and Frank were two of the people he found to be 'the nicest' in his career, adding: "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 f*** do you know? You're just copying somebody else!' But when you meet the real people they're unbelievable."
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