Veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdinck has slammed pop peer Tom Jones for claiming he had first refusal on hit single RELEASE ME - branding him "stupid".

The 67-year-old singer was left fuming when recent reports claimed the IT'S NOT UNUSUAL hitmaker, 63, had turned down the chance to lay down the track after being offered it before Humperdinck.

Furious Engelbert says, "He never had that song. I don't know why Jones has to be so stupid about things like that.

"I've turned down songs he went on to record, but I don't talk about them."

17/03/2004 13:52