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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)


The Last Waltz 40th anniversary tour with Michael McDonald, Warren Haynes, Don Was and others is heading back out on March 30th in Dallas. It will play 10 shows through April 15th in San Francisco.

Kansas guitarist Richard Williams says he's "a realist" regarding his band's chances of making the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He tells Elmore magazine, "I don’t let things like that bother me… For our fans who want it so bad, for my grandkids, that would mean a lot to me... But I won’t lose a second of sleep over it."

Brian May was recently interviewed for a BBC special on Buddy Holly that will air in April.

Paul Jones, who sang lead on Manfred Mann’s breakthrough song "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," now fronts the U.K.-based tribute band The Manfreds.

Tickets for the Cleveland simulcast of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's April 7th induction ceremony sold out today (Tuesday) within an hour.  

Mavis Staples has been announced as one of this year’s inductees for the Blues Hall of Fame.

Todd Rundgren’s next album, White Knight, will be out in the spring, timed to go with his autobiography, The Individualist. Rundgren will go out on the White Knight: The Chivalrock Tour in late April.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party raised a record-breaking $7 million to help end AIDS.

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