Sir Tom Jones says Jimmy Savile ‘was a good man’ who helped launch his career

The legendary singer said he knew Savile ‘liked teenage girls’ but never thought he was ‘creepy’ enough to be a paedophile


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Sir Tom Jones has told how Jimmy Savile was “instrumental” in launching his pop career saying: “To me, he was a good man.”

The 75-year-old revealed that he was given “great advice” by the paedophile entertainer on how to break into the music industry when they first met.

And he said he was “shocked” when revelations emerged about Savile’s history of sexual abuse because he did not think he was “creepy” enough to be a paedophile.

‘Shocked’: Sir Tom Jones told BBC Radio 5 Live he never suspected Jimmy Savile

Speaking on Radio 5 Live, Sir Tom said: “He always liked teenage girls, as long as they were over 16, which of course is legal.

“And you would always see him around with young girls.

“When you see someone like that, you would never think he was a paedophile because of the way he handled himself.

Sir James Saville in his home in Leeds in 2004
‘Not creepy’: Jimmy Savile didn’t look like a paedophile, Jones said (Photo: Mirrorpix)

“You always think of paedophiles as being like creepy people – well maybe to some people he did look a bit creepy – but he was a bit of a Jack The Lad with young girls.”

Sir Tom told how he had met Savile at a London hotel when he was trying to break into the music industry and did not even have a record contract.

Savile was working at Decca Records at the time and advised a young Sir Tom how to approach record companies.

Jimmy Saville
‘Jack the Lad’: Savile in 1965 (Photo: Mirrorpix)
Rolling Stones at the NME Awards
Swinging 60s: Savile (centre) and Jones (back, fourth from left) backstage at the 1965 NME Poll Winners concert (Photo: Mirrorpix)

The veteran entertainer added: “He promised to take (the demo) into Decca and then he said: ‘Look, it’s up to you’.

“He told me to make sure the first track was a hot one and I did Breathless.

“And from that I got a recording contract with Decca, so it was thanks to Jimmy Savile.”

Tom Jones on Ready Steady Go
Rising star: Tom Jones on Ready Steady Go

But Sir Tom went on to say he ‘never saw’ anything untoward or suspicious when Savile presented BBC music show Top Of The Pops.

He continued: “For a start, you have to be over 16 to dance on Top of the Pops, so where was it going on? I was shocked when it all came out.

“To me, Jimmy Savile was a good man. But who knows?”

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