Tom Jones has said that he would rather die on stage than retire.

The Sex Bomb singer has explained that he can’t ever imagine not performing and thinks it would be “terrible” to have to listen to other artists’ records while not making his own.

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper Jones said: "I hope my life comes to a natural full stop so maybe it'd be easiest if I fell down dead on stage.

''I hate the thought of not being able to sing - I've no idea how I'd fill my time.

''It'd be terrible if I had to sit around listening to other people's records, thinking, 'I can't do that any more.'''

However, the She’s a Lady singer admits that he may take a break if life on the road becomes too tiring, but he won’t be leaving the stage as long as he remains in good health.

He added: ''It could happen that I'll just get too tired to tour any more and it'll be time for a long sit-down. But having it forced on me, sat at home with regrets? F**k that.''

Jones reached number one in the UK singles chart in 1965 with his first track It's Not Unusual.