1964 – Tom

RJ records ‘How beautiful are the feet’ from Handel’s Messiah for ‘Wil Six’ a BBC radio play. He is paid nearly six guineas.

Attracted by the prospect of money and fame, RJ saves enough money to buy a tape recorder. After many late nights listening to Radio Luxembourg, he meticulously re-records US classic songs which he sends to Tom Jones.

 Seeing a commercial opportunity with a younger namesake, the older Tom invites the younger Tom (Rowland) Jones to record the jointly penned ‘Two is better than one’. Following an appearance at The Royal Variety Show the single is a huge, but sadly their only, success.

Finally with his dreams shattered and his money spent, RJ returns to his hometown, where he finds work as a cobbler. For a short while, his meagre wages are supplemented by royalties when a foot cream manufacturer uses his original BBC recording for a T.V. commercial.


1960 – DoJones

On a Sunday School outing to the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl, RJ is ‘roughed up’ by a couple of older boys.

Determined that he will never be physically threatened ever again, RJ joins a judo club run by British Olympic Gold Medallist Alan Petherbridge. Inspired by his mentor, at the age of eighteen, RJ travels to the Far East where he studies Martial Arts for ten years.

RJ returns to Wales where he establishes a chain of clubs called DoJones. Five years later, witnessing a young boy being terrorised by a group of older boys, RJ intervenes. He hospitalises the thugs. Unfortunately all seventeen of them take out Civil Actions, and he is given a suspended sentence for GBH.

Distraught that he has broken the code of honour, RJ returns to the Far East and joins the ascetic Kodo community on the island of Sado where he spends the rest of his life studying the Taiko.