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Tom Jones can't understand Rock Hall snub

Tom Jones says he’s been told that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame can’t get him inducted, no matter how often they try.

And the veteran singer admits he’s confused about why that might be the case.

He discussed the problem in a recent conversation with Rock Hall and Rolling Stone exec Jann Wenner.

Jones tells Vulture.com: “Jann said, ‘Your name comes up every year, but we can’t get enough people to vote for you.’

“I wonder why – especially since there are some people in there nowadays that wouldn’t know rock’n’roll if they fell over it.”

He wonders if it’s because of his dalliance with orchestral instruments throughout his career. “It’s Not Unusual’had brass on it, and then came What’s New Pussycat? which had everything on it.”

Jones’ 41st album, Long Lost Suitcase, was released in October. It focuses on the blues music that originally inspired him and includes a tribute to his friend Elvis Presley.

The 2016 Rock Hall induction ceremony takes place in April, honouring Deep Purple, Steve Miller, Chicago, Cheap Trick and NWA.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.