By the end of 196o’s Dawn had had several hit records and was recognised every where she went. Dawn was being chauffeur driven around. She had more money than she knew what to do with. She had met Tracey who had now moved in with Gordon and they were talking about getting married. Jim and Rosina got married out in California and spent a week in Hawaii. Jim was now twenty seven. He kept the house on the Broadway but spent his time in California recording and writing music. He had a bit of a revival when he released his greatest hits album “On the Other Side”
Dawn was still doing well in her school work as was learning business studies.’
It was unusual for a girl of only twelve to be learning about business but it was something that Dawn found came in handy especially in the music business. She never forgot what her father had said when he told her how ruthless people could be and it was true.’
It was a dog eat dog world out there and if you didn’t keep your finger on the pulse some unscrupulous lawyer would take it all away from you.’
Dawn employed the best auditor in California to look after her investments. She had her own range of clothing stores and sold her own perfume.’
She was worth in the region of $50 million dollars now and she made sure that all of her money was being looked after. Her lawyer Paul Fertardo made sure that she received all royalties due to her.’
She bought property in England so that when she retired from the music business there was a ready made home for her to move into.’
The house in Seaton Delival was in its own grounds and had cost her £70.000 pounds.’
She had every mod con installed and paid someone to look after the gardens.’
Dawn came over to visit her grandparents and gave Brian enough money so he could retire. No more would he work down at the ship yard again. So at the age of just forty three he was living on the interest of the money that Dawn had put away for him.
He was now Concert Chairman at the New York Social Club after he had got Dawn to make a special appearance and the place was packed out.’
He wore a suit every day and had an extensive collection of clothing. He bought himself twelve pairs of shoes all in the sales of course, and Alice did likewise.’
They were now highly respected and Brian Reid bought his first car in 1971. It was a Ford Cortina. He an Alice would go for drives to Morpeth and Durham in the car because it gave them a new kind of freedom.
“He would call into the club in Durham and catch the acts on with his wife then report back to the committee about the groups that he’d seen. It was there that he saw a newly formed band called “The High Level Ranters” with Pegleg Ferret, Benny Graham, and Jed Grimes. Brian made a note in his book then spoke with Jed Grimes after the show. “Fancy appearing at the New York Social Club he asked?
How much said Jed?
“How much are they paying you here?’
“Fifty quid that’s all.’
“Well our club will pay you seventy pounds to appear next Saturday night.’
“You’re on man said Jed and they shook hands.’
“Do you know where the club is?’
“Yes we’ve heard of it; that is where Dawn Gales played a few months ago weren’t it?’
“How did you get her there then?’