Breaking the chain

Heather Reid a sixteen year old girl is found collapsed in Howdon - she has run away from her home on West Percy road North Shields, because she is pregnant. She is taken to Willington Quay Maternity hospital where upon she gives birth to a baby Girl that she names Dawn because the dawn was breaking when she was giving birth. After complications set in Heather dies of Toxaemia and her father will not bring up a bastard child. Dawn is adopted by two university lecturers - follow her story as her real father seeks her out and a court battle ensues. this is a tragic story that will have you reading until the end.


45. 45

“Yes they tried to screw you out of two hundred grand.’

“That is the signing fee they are going to pay you Dawn.’

“What I get two hundred thousand pounds just to sign with RCA.’


“You sure do and that is nothing to what you will make from record sales, promotions, inducements, advertising, and television.’ You are hot property Dawn.’

“But I’ve only recorded one song.’

“Yes and you will sing many others that I have written and you can put music to.’

“No turning back now princess; it’s onward and upward.’ Jim took Dawn back into Tony Husbands office where the press were waiting to do a photo shoot and an interview. Dawn signed the two year deal giving exclusive rights to everything.

Tony shook hand with both dawn and Jim and told him that he would mix the single along with another song on the B side if she was prepared to do it now?’

“No time like the present is there princess?’

Dawn said that she didn’t have another song and her father laughed and told her that she could cover one of his songs.’

“That’s a good idea Jim; how about “The Girl I Never Knew.”

 “Why that song?’

“Well I guess it is personal to you both in away because you never got to know Heather and neither did Dawn.’ It will capture the hearts of everyone Jim; I promise you and what is more you and dawn can sing the last verse together on it.’

“This is not up to me it is up to my daughter to decide.’

“I will do it daddy, if you will sing the last verse with me.’

“Do you know it?’

“Yes I used to sing it with my nanny who is a fan of yours; I would like to change the arrangement slightly though if that’s alright.’

“Okay let’s here your version of the song Dawn and then your dad can come in with you for the last part.’

“Have you got an acoustic guitar Tony?’

Yes, there’s a Martin knocking around somewhere.’

Good, now dad can you play this intro on the guitar. Dawn played the intro on the piano and her father copied it.

“Now in the chorus I want you to take it down a little quieter like this.’

Okay; are you ready to go for your first take said Tony; I hate to rush you folks but I have Helen Shapiro due in shortly.’

“We’re ready.’

“I will count you both in Ready; and three, two, one.’

“Dawn sang as her father finger picked the chords. The words of the song meant so much to them both and when they sang the last verse together her father leaned in closer so they could both share the mike he did a great harmony as dawn sang it and then the final chorus faded to an end.


“Wow guys that was fantastic; I think we are going to have two hit records here.’

Can you work on an album and give me a call in the next say two weeks?’

I don’t see why not; we will work on it in my studio won’t we Dawn.’

“Yes we can.’

“Great and I will get some strings added to both and I will send you the finished article.’

George Shotton is outside waiting to drive you back to the airport we will be in touch alright?’

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