Jimmy Tarbuck, a close friend of Sir Tom’s, spoke out about their friendship when he went to see Sir Tom in the city.
He told the Daily Mail: “I walked into the hotel lobby [at the International Hotel in Las Vegas] with Jonesy, which was like walking in with the Good Lord himself, and next minute we were in Elvis Presley’s dressing room…
“I stared at him, stunned. One of Elvis’s assistants said to me, ‘Sir, will you give this drink to Elvis?’
“I said, ‘Yeah,’ took the drink and stood there gaping, like a stagestruck schoolgirl. Couldn’t move a muscle.
“Tom nudged me and said, ‘Give ’im the drink for God’s sake, boyo.’ Next night, Elvis came to Tom’s room. I was in heaven. They had become great friends in Hawaii.”