With his new album, Spirit In The Room, on the way, Sir Tom Jones reflects on his favourite LPs and tells Laurie Tuffrey about his friends Elvis, Aretha and Stevie
Charlie Rich - The Many New Sides of Charlie Rich
'Mohair Sam' was one of the tracks on it - I recorded it on my first album because of hearing him do it. But I liked him before that - 'Lonely Weekends' was the first one I heard him sing. Heard it on the radio, on the BBC - some people had condemned the BBC because they didn't play enough of this or enough of that but at least you would get a smidgen of things coming through. I'd be getting records then from Spillers in Cardiff, but there was a shop in Pontypridd which was more local, called Freddy Feys, and I would get a lot of stuff in there. On another album later on, I did the song that was on The Many New Sides... called 'Field of Yellow Daisies' that his wife wrote, which I learned later - when I met him, he said “Thanks for recording that."