Tom Jones
Welsh singer Tom Jones and his late wife Linda walking down a street in 1965Getty

Weeks after her death, Sir Tom Jones has paid a musical tribute to his late wife. The Welsh superstar belted out an emotional rendition of his new song Take My Love (I Want To Give It) during a performance at Hampton Court Palace, where he also opened up about losing the love of his life.

"This next song is from the new album Long Lost Suitcase and I love this song. It's probably my favourite song from the album," the 76-year-old crooner told the crowd. "Anytime I used to record I would take it home and play it to my wife first to see what she thought, so I'm going to do this song. She loved this song so I'm going to do it for you."

Melinda Rose Woodward passed away on 10 April after a short, but fierce, battle with cancer. Despite his highly-publicised infidelities, she remained the most important person in his life. "She's the most important thing in my life. An unbelievable woman," he once revealed. "Linda is the love of my life and she still is, even though she doesn't look like she did. I don't look like I did, either, but I try my best."

Although he previously vowed to stop singing in the event of Linda's death, the It's Not Unusual star recently revealed that she insisted that he continue to share his talent. "Singing is what I do. I'm a singer and I love to sing. I have to be strong. I was wondering if I could use that love as a strength, and it was. (Linda) wanted me to go on and keep singing, she said not to stop. She was a strong woman and was always there. It was a wonderful feeling to have known someone like that all my life."

Earlier in June, Jones fought back tears during his first public appearance after Linda's death to promote his new autobiography, Over The Top And Back. "It's very difficult, the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. We were married for 59 years, we knew each other since we were kids. It was fast, she had cancer," he told the audience.

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