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PAUL McCARTNEY:  Did he write a Beatles classic for Tom Jones?

Tom Jones says The Beatles last number-one single could have been his. He told a British morning show this week that Paul McCartney once offered him a new song -- but only if his label guaranteed it would be his next single.

On ITV This Morning, Tom Jones tells host Phillip Scofield about Paul McCartney's offer to record a Beatles song that fell through:  [courtesy - ITV]

Phillip: "Sir Paul McCartney wrote 'Long and Winding Road' ...

Tom: 'Long and Winding Road,' yeah.

Phillip: "For you! How come you didn't record it?"

Tom: "I was in a club with him in London, in the '60s and I asked him would he write me a song. So he sent it around to my house. But I had a single coming out on a Friday -- but he wanted my next single. He said it would have to be your next single. When I put it to Decca Records, 'I have this, you know, this song,' and they said, 'Well, we're all geared up for Friday.' It was a song called 'Without Love' I had coming out. 'All the publicity's done. But if you want to do it, you know, we can put... They put it all on me. Nobody was sort of, with me."

Unfortunately, the timing was bad -- Jones's label had "Without Love" ready to go. And though that single went Top 5, we can only guess what would have come by matching McCartney's emotional ballad with Tom's powerful baritone.

Jones is currently a coach on the British production of The Voice. (WalesOnline)

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