Tom Jones left emotional in attempt to sing song for late wife Linda ‘Jogs my memory’

The Voice: Tom Jones sings ‘With These Hands’

The Voice coach Sir Tom Jones, 80, took a trip down memory lane about his musical memories ahead of the release of his first album in six years. The singer released his brand new single No Hole In My Head earlier this week.

I got a lump in my throat

Sir Tom Jones

In a new interview, Tom said he can no longer listen to Frank Sinatra’s song The Hungry Years because it makes him emotional.

He explained: “This song is about missing ‘those hungry years’.

“It jogs my memory of my wife and myself. We got married very young, you see, and she was with me up until five years ago when she had lung cancer and passed away.”

The singer added: “I tried to sing it as a duet with a lady on The Voice but every time I went to do it, I got a lump in my throat.”

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In the same chat with NME, Tom said Bill Haley and His Comets’ See You Later, Alligator is a song he and Linda used to dance to. 

“I used to jive to this song with my wife when we were teenagers,” he revealed.

“We would go to a dance hall called The Ranch. It was an old Nissen hut used by American soldiers during the war – a lot of them were billeted in south Wales before the Normandy landings.

“And then after the war, when the Americans went home, these huts were still standing so they turned them into dance halls and boys’ clubs.”

Tom went on to say he still thinks of those memories when he hears the song today.

The It’s Not Unusual hitmaker married his childhood sweetheart Linda in 1957.

The latter died after a battle with lung cancer in 2016.

Tom and Linda share son Mark Woodward together, who was also born in 1957.

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The singer has previously said his late wife’s favourite song was Bob Dylan’s What Good Am I.

Tom regularly sang the hit song on his tours, but admitted it had been struggle since she passed.

“That song is the one I was scared of. She loved it,” he told The Mirror.

“But the song is, ‘What good am I if I’m like all the rest, if I don’t just turn away when I see how you’re dressed’.”

Aside from his music career, Tom is also a coach on ITV show The Voice UK.

He joined the show in 2012 and after a season off in 2016, returned again in 2017.

He is currently on the panel alongside Olly Murs, and new coach Anne-Marie.

Catch Tom on The Graham Norton show tonight at 10.45pm on BBC One.

The Voice continues tomorrow at 8.30pm on ITV.

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