Of his affairs, Tom once said: “I have never kept count.”

These affairs included three high profile dalliances, one with Mary Wilson of the Supremes, another with TV host Charlotte Laws and former Miss World, Majorie Wallace.

Despite this, the childhood sweethearts stayed together, and Tom proclaimed Linda to be: “the most important thing in my life.”

He said in an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine in 2015 his wife was: “An unbelievable woman. Linda is the love of my life and she still is, even though she doesn’t look like she did.