Tom Jones’ cheeky response after first woman flung knickers at him: ‘You’ll catch a cold!’

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The Sex Bomb star, 80, has been performing for around 60 years and is due to go on tour again in July. Sir Tom, who was knighted in the late Nineties, burst onto the music scene after the release of It’s Not Unusual in the Sixties. He’s spent decades thrilling crowds with his unforgettable voice and in recent times, is best known as a judge on ITV’s The Voice. 

Sir Tom, who appears on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch today, earned a legion of fans during his rise to superstardom. 

He went from a lowly pub singer in a small Welsh coal-mining town, in Pontypridd, to becoming one of the world’s most known and adored stars. 

In later life, the entertainer admitted that he slept with “up to 250 women a year” at the height of his fame. 

Sir Tom revealed several other X-rated secrets, including his unusual use for mouthwash.

He admitted to using “Listerine to make sure everything down there is sterile… it’s not only for gargling”.

During his earlier years, he rebranded the backstage area the “workbench” because it was where he took romantic interests.

Many members of his loyal following were unaware Sir Tom had been married to Melinda Rose Trenchard, known as Lady Linda, since he was 16. 

Sadly she died from lung cancer in 2016 after 59 years married to the singer.

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Sir Tom and Linda’s relationship was kept under wraps by his team because they feared the news could risk him losing fans.

The Welsh star has continued to perform into later life, currently, he is promoting his new tour. 

During previous performances, Sir Tom’s lustful fans would fling underwear – a trend that continued into his later years.

In 2010, he told The Times Magazine that he felt “insulted” when people threw their lingerie at him.

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He said: “It’s just wrong. I’m laying my soul down here and people start laughing.”

Sir Tom admitted to being his “own worst enemy” because he encouraged women to throw their knickers at him when it first happened in 1969.

He recalled the “momentous and unforeseen” moment during a 2015 interview with Sunday Times journalist Bryan Appleyard.

On that fateful night, Sir Tom was performing in the Copacabana, New York, which the writer described as an especially “hot venue”.

Halfway into his sets, the singer typically was “drenched with sweat” from his animated performances – including ‘sexual’ hip thrusts.

Sir Tom said some diners would hand him napkins to mop up the swear, however, on that night a woman offered something else instead.

He recalled: “[She] flips her dress up, steps out of her knickers and hands them up to me.”

Sir Tom was surprised because back in the working men’s clubs of south Wales, he was “used to bottles flying at him”.

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When the lady flung her underwear, Mr Appleyard claimed the singer “knew the trick was to use the moment to his advantage”.

Sir Tom recalled: “I dab my brow with them and then I say, ‘You want to watch you don’t catch a cold.’”

After that moment, Mr Appleyard described the singer as having to “dance on a carpet of underwear” because so many pieces of lingerie had been flung at him.

Mr Appleyard wrote: “He became Jones the lounge-lizard sex-bomb knicker magnet.”

Mr Appleyard claimed the singer played that “role” once a year in Las Vegas and “pulled in millions” from it. 

He believed Sir Tom deliberately teased the crowds to leave them wanting more and returning year after year. 

Tom Jones, Giovanna Fletcher, Rose Matafeo, Parminder Nagra, Robert and James-Collier star on Sunday Brunch, which airs at 9.30am on Channel 4.

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