He had two more songs “Every Time You Cry” and “I Can’t Get over Losing You.’ that gave him his fifth platinum record. He released an album called “Dark Clouds’
which got to number two in the charts. He picked up two Grammy awards for his singles “The Girl I Never Knew” and “Before the Dawn Had Broken.’
Another tour followed and Jim had made over ten million dollars. He would have set himself up for the rest of his life but he made some bad investment deals and lost over five million dollars. He came home to England mobbed by fans and press asking if The Dune Tunes were going to get back together. He told them that he had no plans for that at the moment.’
Jim now lived in an apartment in London after he made a loss from selling his house in Los Angels he only had £2.5 million pounds left from all the money that he had made. He Sought help from a lawyer to try and recover the royalties and copyrights to all of his songs.’
There was a long court battle which lasted over three years and cost him over a million in court fees. He still owned the rights to his songs and he was receiving money in royalties that kept him ticking over.
He then took out an account in the name of Dawn Gales and placed £500.000 into it and instructions that if anything were to happen to him then his legitimate daughter was to get the money.
Jim was now twenty years old; he got rid of all the hangers on and moved out of his apartment and came back to Whitley bay he bought a house on the Broadway near the Quarry Inn which became his local.
It was there that he met Rosina Conti a young Italian girl whose father Paulo owned the restaurant chain Ilforno’s.
They got on so well together it wasn’t long before they were seeing each other on a regular basis and Jim had given up drinking Scotch all together.’
He straightened himself out bought himself a new set of clothes. His hair was now shoulder length and he had a beard which made him look a bit like the character Frank Serpico. He wore flared jeans, waist coats, and flowered shirts with large collars and platform soled boots.
“He began writing music again; but not for himself but for other groups.’
Rosina moved in with him and he was the happiest that he’d been in a long time.
She loved to cook for him and they would spend the day walking along Tynemouth Long Sands with a little pug dog that he called Polly. The walks inspired him to write and he wrote “Every Silver Cloud that was sung by Matt Monroe and then covered by the Liverpool group “Gerry and the Pacemakers.’ They speeded up the ballad and made it a hit.
There was talk of a reunion of The Dune Tunes after Jim hinted on the six five special where he had been invited as a guest that he would love to see the lads again.’
Whether or not that would happen he couldn’t say at this time he said it would be up to them to contact him.