London: Tom Jones and Elvis Presley’s was a friendship that went beyond their mutual admiration for each other’s talent.
When Jones and Presley first met in 1965 in Hawaii, it was virtually love at first sight, reports the Daily Mail.
“Right from the start, they were like a couple of schoolboys. I never saw Presley so happy in the company of another man,” said Chris Hutchins.
The two stars would certainly exchange intimate secrets. Jones stood by Presley when Priscilla left him for his karate instructor, Mike Stone, in 1972.
Mike Stone later told Hutchins that Presley had threatened to come after him with an M16 rifle. He had to be sedated before someone got seriously hurt.
It was not the only time that Jones had seen Presley angry. Whenever John Lennon’s name came up, he would fly into a rage.
Presley got annoyed with Lennon because of his anti-war feelings that he expressed the moment he stepped into the massive lounge and spotted the table lamps — model wagons engraved with the message, “All the way with LBJ.”
Lennon hated President Lyndon B Johnson for raising the stakes in the Vietnam War.
Presley allied himself with the FBI director Edgar Hoover and encouraged him to have Lennon thrown out of the US.
“He should’ve been kicked out long ago,” Presley told Jones that night.
“I had a run-in with him myself,” Jones replied.
“He made some smart remark at a TV studios in England, where we were appearing on the show Thank Your Lucky Stars. I wanted to take him outside and see what sort of hiding his intellect would stand.”