Tom Jones details memory of being a ‘tearaway’ youth who went ‘too far’ in bad situations

Tom Jones says 'there's still time' for a greatest hits tour

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The Voice UK Coach Sir Tom Jones, 80, has re-worked Bob Dylan’s song More Cup Of Coffee on his new album Surrounded By Time. The singer said particular lyrics from the hit remind him of his youth. He explained: “Years ago, I was a bit of a tearaway, finding myself in situations and with people I shouldn’t have been with.

“For me all these years later when I hear the line about going down to the valley below, I don’t just think about the reality of going too far, but also the hangover.

“I can’t be that person any more but I start singing that song, and I’m right back there,” he added to Clash Music.

The song first appeared on Bob Dylan’s 1976 album Desire.

Tom has also rerworked I’m Growing Old, a ballad by the late jazz composer Bobby Cole.

He recently said of the musician: “Bobby came to me in Vegas in the 1970s, and said, ‘I’ve got this song, and I think you’ve got the voice for it’.”

Recalling his reaction, he told The Telegraph: “I said ‘It’s great, but I’m only in my 30s. I’m not old enough to sing it yet!’

“But I kept hold of that demo and thought now’s the time. I think more about things as I get older, and I like songs that reflect that.”

Tom went on to speak of the time he was told he would not make it in the music industry as he was “too macho”.

Curly-haired Tom’s unique style singing rhythm and blues was knocked back by a team in London who said: “That’s not going to work any more.”

Tom refused to change his image and said he defiantly hit back: “That’s the way I am!”

After this, he went on to release his song It’s Not Unusual, which went on to become one of his best-selling hits.

He has since gone on to have a successful worldwide career with a string of songs and awards under his belt.

In recent years, he has been a coach on The Voice UK.

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The Delilah hitmaker previously revealed that his wife Linda was a fan of the show.

His long-term spouse died in 2016 following a short battle with cancer.

In the same year, Boy George took over his spot as a coach on the show.

He was invited back in 2017 after ITV bought the rights to broadcast the previously BBC-owned singing competition.

Discussing his exit, he told Lorraine Kelly: “[Linda] couldn’t believe it.

“She asked, ‘So, you don’t want to do The Voice anymore?’ This was when it all happened.

“I said to her, ‘No, it’s not that. It’s not my choice’. She then said, ‘You must be joking’.

“She was annoyed. But then she passed before [I returned].”

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