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Tom Jones talks being told to 'overplay it' in iconic music video: 'I can do that!'

Sir Tom Jones, 80, has had a hugely successful career with his incredible voice captivating fans across the globe. But it’s not just the Welsh superstar’s vocal cords that saw him rise to fame, but he’s also known as being a truly great performer, too.
Back in the day, Sir Tom would wow audiences of thousands as he took to the stage to put on a show.

And even now, he still gives his loyal fans what they want to see, including getting up and dancing on The Voice every now and again.

While he looked back at highlights from his career, the musician recalled being asked by the director to up the anti during filming for a music video, and he certainly obliged.

Taking to Twitter, Sir Tom shared a clip of him and 90s Swedish rock band The Cardigans, before he spilt the behind the scenes gossip.

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“This one was Burning Down the House with The Cardigans,” he said of the music video in question.

“We recorded it with them in Sweden with Tore Johansson [record producer] and then we did the video in London.”

He recalled very clearly the instructions given to them by the bosses, and Tom was quite happy to go along with what they wanted him to do.

“I remember the director said to Nina, ‘Play it cool’, and Tom, ‘Overplay it,'” he said.

Grinning, he added: “So I said, ‘I can do that! Like this!'”

The hit cover track was realised in 1999, on Tom’s album of collaborations titled Reload.

It reached No. 1 in Iceland, No. 2 in Sweden, took the Top 10 in Australia, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Norway and the UK, and became one of the major hits of the singer’s later career.

Away from his prestigious music profession, Tom recently spoke about how his late wife Linda would “definitely” approve of his swanky new London apartment, with the pair having lived in LA for 20-years.

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Linda sadly passed away in 2016 after a “short but fierce” battle with lung cancer and following her death, he moved back to the UK to grant her final wish for him to be close to family and friends.

Chatting with Jo Wiley on her Radio 2 show, the ITV judge revealed Linda would have loved his new apartment overlooking the river Thames, as a view had always been something they had grown up with in Wales.

“We were going to move back anyway, my wife and myself,” he told Jo.

“I was looking for places for us both to come back, then of course she found out that she had cancer and she couldn’t make it.’

He added: “But she said, ‘You’re going to do it.'”

With a smashing view of the city skyline, he was certain Linda would have approved of the place.

“She would love it,” he smiled fondly.

“It’s got a view for a start, as we both grow up in South Wales and both our houses we grew up in had views.”

Tom admitted he couldn’t live without one now, adding: “So, I got this apartment overlooking the Thames and it’s fantastic.

“I don’t think I’d want to live on the floor anymore!” he laughed.

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Elvis told Tom Jones 'You made me sob' at their incredible second meeting

On April 6, 1968, the most famous star in the world drove over 250 miles from LA to see Tom headline his new show at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. The two had only met briefly once before, in 1965 on the Paramount Studio lot in Los Angeles. But The King had not only been listening to Tom’s growing list of hit records since then, he was also keeping a very close eye on the Welsh star’s hugely successful (and lucrative) cabaret career.
Publicist Chris Hutchins described their second meeting in thrilling detail and you can read more about when Elvis came to see Tom Jones and started the standing ovation here.

After The King and his entourage watched the show, they all went backstage but it was so busy Tom took his VIP guests to his changing room for some privacy. That’s when the famous photographs of the Welsh star with Elvis and Priscilla were taken.

The two stars soon got chatting and Elvis made some surprising confessions.

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Elvis told Tom: “When your record Green Green Grass of Home was issued here, the boys and I were on the road driving in our mobile home.

“Man, that record meant so much to us boys from Memphis we just sat there and cried.

“Then we called the radio station and asked them to play it again – and they did, four times! 

“We just sat there and sobbed our hearts out.”

The powerful song was a cover of the 1965 Nashville country ballad written by Curly Putnam about a condemned prisoner on death row who is dreaming of the life he will never see again.

Tom heard Jerry Lee Lewis’ own interpretation and was inspired to try recording a country song for the first time. He even played his new version to Lewis when the US star was on a UK tour in 1966.

Tom later said: “I played it to him in his hotel room. He was knocked out with it and said: ‘You’ve done something different here, the arrangement is great. It sounds like a No 1 to me.’ I said: ‘I hope you’re right.’ He was.”

In fact, it became Tom’s biggest hit in the UK, selling 1,205,000 copies. 

Back at that famous meeting in Las Vegas, Elvis also praised Tom’s current single, Delilah. When Tom admitted he was worried it had stalled in the thirties in the US charts, Elvis replied: ‘Man I want to make a prediction, it’ll be a smash here, too.'”

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In the end, it peaked at number 15, one of the Welsh star’s 19 Top 40 hits in the US. He never landed an elusive number one record there, just missing out in 1971 with number two hit She’s A Lady.

Apart from the mutual admiration, Elvis had travelled to Las Vegas to watch Tom perform because he was unhappy with his career at the time. His manager Colonel Parker had been booking him repetitive and uninspiring films, his chart successes were declining and he was missing doing live performances.

On that night in 1968, Elvis confessed he had tried doing a cabaret show once before but it had gone very badly.

He said: “I was at the Frontier Hotel about ten years ago and I died a terrible death. When I came out with those hip movements, man, they just weren’t ready for me.”

This time, though, after watching Tom’s show, The King called Parker and demanded he start booking him concerts. On July 31, 1969, Elvis opened the brand new International Hotel in Vegas with a four-week residency.

It was the beginning of a new phase in Elvis’ career that would see him perform 636 shows in the desert gambling mecca. 

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Moment Australian comedian jokes about Prince Philip's death – then is told he's dead

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Prince Philip was last seen in public just weeks before his death while being discharged from King Edward VII’s Hospital in London after undergoing a successful heart procedure.

Prince Philip is survived by his wife, Queen Elizabeth, as well as children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

He leaves behind grandchildren, Princes William and Harry, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

The Duke is also survived by great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie Harrison, Isla and Savannah Phillips, Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall.

Piers Morgan told Emily Maitlis GMB put him on brink of divorce before Meghan row

Piers, 56, stormed off GMB’s set after he was called out by weather reporter Alex Beresford for “continuing to trash” Meghan last month. He said he didn’t believe the Duchess’ claims made in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, as she joined Prince Harry to discuss their exit from the Royal Family. The saga led to Piers leaving the ITV breakfast show for good ‒ but he was struggling with his early-morning presenting slot long before Megxit.
Emily Maitlis, writing in her memoir ‘Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News’, recalls how she enjoys a close personal relationship with Piers.

After “becoming mates over 15 years ago”, she notes how Piers came to visit and spoke candidly about the demands associated with being a breakfast TV host.

And Piers was extremely frank and open about the strains it put on his marriage.

She writes: “I recalled how shattered he looked then, as he admitted the breakfast programme he presents was killing him and swearing his wife would divorce him if he stayed on it any longer.

“But he remained in the job after they allowed him to push his start-time back an hour or more.

“He turns up at the studio at 5.30am nowadays, allowing him a mere half-hour before the show starts.

“He says: ‘I’m lucky. Five minutes of slap and on I go. 

“‘The female stars of the show all have to go and get ready ‒ it takes them longer because they get more attention and pressure on how they look.’

“I’m struck by how carefully he’s tip-toed round that sentence.” 

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Piers has been happily married to wife Celia Walden since 2010.

He made the comments before the release of his friend’s book in 2019, long before Meghan and Harry decided to sit down with Oprah.

Since leaving GMB, he has refused to relent in his verbal lashings of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, though.

During his first interview after leaving the ITV programme, he told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that he felt pressured to believe the Duchess.

He added: “I was told that you have got to believe Meghan Markle and if you do not believe what she is saying, you are a racist.”

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Then, Piers sensationally claimed to have received “some messages” from “several members of the Royal Family” praising him for his work.

He told Extra that he was “not going to go into who it was” but claimed the note was of “gratitude” because “somebody was standing up”.

Piers claimed there were “many attempts” to “cancel me” after regularly making comments about Meghan.

He added: “Somehow I remain resolutely uncancelled.”

The journalist revealed he walked away from GMB after bosses “required” him to “apologise for disbelieving” the Duchess’ remarks about her mental health.

He said he still “didn’t believe” Meghan and concluded: “I believe, which is ironic, that you should not believe somebody if you don’t want to.”

Piers claimed to have been attacked by “so-called liberal” trolls since his commentary on Meghan’s admissions.

He believed it was “clear” that the Duchess “was trying to put huge pressure on my bosses to take action against me”.

Piers’ departure from ITV came six years after his first appearance on the breakfast news show.

An ITV spokesperson said: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain.

“ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”

Emily Maitlis’ ‘Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News’ was published by Penguin in 2019. It is available here.

Derek Chauvin trial live coverage: Ex-cop told onlooker George Floyd was big, 'probably on something'

MINNEAPOLIS — After the ambulance took George Floyd away, the Minneapolis officer who had pinned his knee on the Black man’s neck defended himself to a bystander by saying Floyd was “a sizable guy” and “probably on something,” according to police video played in court Wednesday.The video was part of a mountain of footage – both official and amateur – and witness testimony at Officer Derek Chauvin ‘s murder trial that all together showed how Floyd’s alleged attempt to pass a phony $ 20 bill at a neighborhood market last May escalated into tragedy one video-documented step at a time.

A security-camera scene of people joking around inside the store soon gave way to the sight of officers pulling Floyd from his SUV at gunpoint, struggling to push him into a squad car as he writhed and screamed that he was claustrophobic, and then putting him on the pavement.VIDEO: Christopher Martin takes the stand on day 3

When Floyd was finally taken away by paramedics, Charles McMillian, a 61-year-old bystander who recognized Chauvin from the neighborhood, told the officer he didn’t respect what Chauvin had done.

“That’s one person’s opinion,” Chauvin could be heard responding. “We gotta control this guy ’cause he’s a sizable guy … and it looks like he’s probably on something.”

Floyd was 6-foot-4 and 223 pounds, according to the autopsy, which also found fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system. Chauvin’s lawyer said the officer is 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds.

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Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter, accused of killing the 46-year-old Floyd by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as he lay face-down in handcuffs. The most serious charge against the now-fired white officer carries up to 40 years in prison.

Floyd’s death, along with the harrowing bystander video of him gasping for breath as onlookers yelled at Chauvin to get off him, triggered sometimes violent protests around the world and a reckoning over racism and police brutality across the U.S.

Jurors were shown police bodycam video of the approximately 20 minutes between when police approached Floyd’s vehicle and when he was loaded into the ambulance.

When Officer Thomas Lane confronted Floyd in his SUV, drew his gun and demanded with a few expletives that he show his hands, a panicky-sounding Floyd said: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” and “I got shot before.” Seemingly crying, he begged repeatedly, “Please don’t shoot me, man.”

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Then, when told to get into the squad car, Floyd repeatedly yelled, “I’m not that kind a guy!” and “I’m claustrophobic!” As officers shoved his upper body and then his legs into the car, he writhed and screamed, “Please! Please! … I can’t breathe!”Officers were clearly exasperated as Floyd braced himself against the squad car and arched his body while the police tried to get him inside. At one point, he threw his upper body out of the car, and officers tried to push him back in.

Officers eventually pulled him out and brought him to the ground. Floyd thanked officers as they took him out of the squad car.

Once Floyd was on the ground – with Chauvin’s knee on his neck, another officer’s knee on his back and a third man holding his legs – the officers talked calmly about whether he might be on drugs.

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Lane was heard saying officers found a “weed pipe” on Floyd and wondered if he might be on PCP, saying Floyd’s eyes were shaking back and forth fast.

“He wouldn’t get out of the car. He just wasn’t following instructions,” Lane was recorded saying. The officer also asked twice if the officers should roll Floyd on his side, and later said calmly that he thinks Floyd is passing out.

As Floyd was pinned down by Chauvin and other officers, McMillian, the bystander, could be heard on video saying to Floyd, “You can’t win” and “Get up and get in the car.”

Floyd replied: “I can’t.”

The defense has argued that Chauvin did what he was trained to do and that Floyd’s death was not caused by the officer’s knee, as prosecutors contend, but by Floyd’s illegal drug use, heart disease, high blood pressure and the adrenaline flowing through his body.

Events spun out of control earlier that day soon after Floyd allegedly handed a cashier at Cup Foods, 19-year-old Christopher Martin, a counterfeit bill for a pack of cigarettes.Martin testified Wednesday that he watched Floyd’s arrest outside with “disbelief — and guilt.”

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“If I would’ve just not tooken the bill, this could’ve been avoided,” Martin lamented, joining the burgeoning list of witnesses who expressed a sense of helplessness and lingering guilt over Floyd’s death.

Martin said he immediately believed the $ 20 bill was fake. But he said he accepted it, despite believing the amount would be taken out of his paycheck by his employer, because he didn’t think Floyd knew it was counterfeit and “I thought I’d be doing him a favor.”

Martin then second-guessed his decision and told a manager, who sent Martin outside to ask Floyd to return to the store. But Floyd and a passenger in his SUV twice refused to go back into the store to resolve the issue, and the manager had a co-worker call police, Martin testified.

Martin said that when Floyd was inside the store buying cigarettes, he spoke so slowly “it would appear that he was high.” But he described Floyd as friendly and talkative.

After police arrived, Martin went outside as people were gathering on the curb and yelling at officers. He said he saw Officer Tou Thao push one of his co-workers. Martin said he also held back another man who was trying to defend himself after being pushed by Thao.

Wednesday morning’s testimony was briefly interrupted when a juror stood and raised her hand and gestured toward the door. She later told the judge that she had been feeling stress and having trouble sleeping, but told the judge she was OK to proceed.

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Wimbledon announces ticket changes as tennis fans told of new way to attend tournament

Wimbledon has scraped their famous ticket queue this year to comply with social distancing guidelines. A limited number of tickets are usually held back and supporters queue overnight for a Centre Court seat.
Supporters wait in line for hours on end to ensure they gain entry to the All England Club’s grounds.

However, that will no longer be part of the Wimbledon experience this year.

Wimbledon have yet to set an exact figure on the amoubt of spectators that will be allowed to attend the tournament each day.

Instead, tickets for the grass Grand Slam will go on sale online in June. The hugely popular ticket resale booth has also been cancelled.

Both the queue and ticket resale will be back in 2022, Covid permitting.

A Wimbledon statement read: “Our aspiration remains to stage the best Championships possible in the context of the public health situation this summer, with the health and safety of our guests, staff, competitors, and community remaining our highest priority.

“We are continuing to work closely with the UK Government, public health authorities and the rest of sport with the ambition of welcoming spectators safely to sports events this summer.

“Based on these conversations, and taking on board the guidance provided by the Sports Ground Safety Authority, as well as transport and food and drink guidance, at this point in time, the most likely outcome for this year’s Championships, as an outdoor venue, is a reduced number of spectators within the Grounds.

“However, we are taking every step to remain as flexible as possible to ensure we are able to react to changing circumstances that may allow an increase or require a decrease in attendance, both ahead of and during the Wimbledon Fortnight.

“For this reason, we want to ensure that we can leave decisions on public capacity as late as we can in order to welcome the maximum number of guests, and manage our ticket distribution accordingly.

“As a result, rather than risk ongoing uncertainty and disappointment this year, we intend to give everyone who was successful in the Wimbledon Public Ballot in 2020 the opportunity to purchase tickets to The Championships 2022 for the same day and court, subject of course to the regulations and guidance prevailing at the relevant time. This is in order to ensure, as far as reasonably possible, a fair and equal opportunity for all these individuals to attend The Championships.

“For the same reasons the LTA will not be holding their ballot for tickets to The Championships this year, but will be providing an online platform for ticket sales in June.

“In addition, given the likelihood of continued social distancing requirements and with consideration for the health and safety of all the public, there will not be a Queue or Ticket Resale in operation for this year’s Championships. Both the Queue and Ticket Resale remain much-loved and important Wimbledon traditions, and we look forward to their return in 2022.

“In the absence of the Queue, the Wimbledon Public Ballot and the LTA Ballot this year, tickets for the public to attend The Championships 2021 will be made available online and we anticipate this will begin in June.”

Ian Hewitt, AELTC Chairman, commented: “These remain challenging and uncertain times, and our thoughts continue to be with all those affected by the pandemic. Although the promise of a return to a more normal existence is on the horizon, we are not there yet. As such, we have taken some key decisions in order to provide us with some certainty in our planning, and yet also to retain flexibility where we need it the most.

“We remain committed to delivering on our aspiration of staging the best Championships possible. In line with the UK Government’s Roadmap, we are cautiously optimistic that The Championships will play an exciting role as the country begins to embrace a return towards normality. We remain humbled and heartened by the passion for Wimbledon shown by our fans around the world, and we so look forward to seeing the world’s best tennis players setting foot on our courts once again.”

Kate Garraway mistakenly told husband Derek Draper ‘may have died’ in hospital mix-up

“I had a lot of sleep and medicine and feeling much better,” she added.

Kate spent Christmas apart from Derek due to coronavirus restrictions.

She continued: “I haven’t been able to see him since Christmas, we’re back into a situation of looking at strangers in masks.

“That’s the situation for everybody at the moment. It’s tough. When you’re someone like him, dealing with a consciousness problem and trying to emerge, I can’t help but fear it’s not helpful.

“There’s no end in sight to that. There’s no one to blame or be angry with. It’s tough.”

Sarah Harding told by doctor Christmas was 'probably her last' as cancer spreads to spine

The star also admitted she is reluctant to undergo radiotherapy as this would cause her to lose her hair.

Sarah argues that although some may consider her decision “vain”, if she only has a few months left to live, it won’t be worth it to lose her hair.

The television personality was left devastated when she lost her breast, so is keen to hold onto her blonde hair.

She penned: “I don’t want to feel like I have to spend whatever time I have left hiding away.”

 

Kevin Clifton told ex Karen Hauer she 'wasn't very kind or nice' as marriage broke down

Karen Hauer, 38, has spoken out on the breakdown of her marriage to ex Kevin Clifton, 37, as she admitted they began to verbally “attack” each other on a daily basis. The dancer from Venezuela divulged her guarded behaviour towards the ballroom choreographer resulted in him calling her “not very kind” at one point.
Opening up the difficulties the couple faced towards the end of their relationship, Karen recalled: “It’s six years down the line and things started going wrong, just little things, like a phone call, like, ‘You didn’t call me the whole day.’

Karen shared it was important in a relationship to compromise, as she continued: “‘OK that’s fine, you’re working. I am working too. We’re working the same job but, I take time to call you’.”

However, in slightly more tense disagreements, Karen shared Kevin would mistake her guarded personality for being “not very nice”.

She continued: “Sometimes I would get the, ‘You’re not very kind, You’re not very nice’. Then I was just like, ‘What do you mean, I don’t understand.’ You know I can be very intense in my private life. 

However, despite the difficulty of a widely talked about break-up, Karen shared she felt “stronger” because of it.

She went on: “Huge lessons for me. Because of that break-up and what I had to go through emotionally, physically, work-wise and in the public eye – it made me stronger, and it made me realise what I really need to work on, and that was me.

“I had to work with him for two, three years after we got separated and it was hard because you can see how much love you have for one another, and the respect.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative of Kevin Clifton for comment.

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