June 27, 1989 Tom Jones is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Blvd. (via

I met Tom Jones 15 or 20 years ago at an MTV music awards show. My cousin Vicky was one of the producers and I was seated next to Tom Jones and I remember him having very funny comments about everybody’s wardrobe and I remember him drinking scotch as I was drinking vodka. I know that because I was the one going out and getting our drinks.

It’s great to see my cousin Vicky in action. She’s about 5’1″ and I’m watching her scream at these 6’5″ security guys to do their job right. I seem to have always surrounded myself with powerhouse women — my wife, my mother, my sisters and all my female cousins.  Every one of them running their households with a lotta love and a big stick.

This song I remember singing as a kid.  It had such a happy feel.  Now I see in the lyric that he stabs his cheating girlfriend. How nice. It’s funny how I can sing a song for years but totally miss the point.

The women in my family would have won that knife fight.

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