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- Posted on Mar 9th 2010 5:25AM by Luke Slater
The records, which were found in a skip and have now been put up for auction, document the Welsh singer's struggle to turn professional in the mid-1960s. The first entry, marked December 1963, doesn't make for encouraging reading.
"He does not want shift work but I believe the reason for his not liking shifts is because he is a member of a vocal group which is supposedly an amateur affair. Consider and submit as soon as possible to anything which wouldn't dirty his fingernails! Nothing on offer at present ..."
It's perhaps also no great surprise that his dazzling dress-sense left an impression on the members of staff, with one noting that:
"From the number of adverts one sees in the local press, however, it seems that this group has a good thing going ... from the way he is able to dress, it would seem that Mr Woodward's [Jones's original surname] little hobby is highly lucrative and this would also account for his non-enthusiasm in securing employment."
However, it appears that those dealing with Jones' search for employment at the time were growing impatient with the lack of progress in his career and three months after the initial entry, the following comments were made: "No change in employment position but his vocal group is contemplating turning professional within next month or so ..."
The scepticism continued even after an agreement with Decca Studios was made, in an entry from July 1964. "Claimant showed me a letter from Decca Studios confirming a recording session had been arranged. He has been talking about 'going professional' since April but he is still signing the UR [unemployment register] and not autograph books."
The items, which were found some years ago when such records were being computerised, go up for auction on Apr. 15 through Mullock's auction house in Shropshire.