Tom then worked as a journalist but gravitated towards show-business stories and became the announcer on a Border Television programme Beat On The Border.
Following his career at sea, he returned to the music business.
The single was not a hit and The Manish Boys soon went their separate ways.
While the singer carried on performing, two of the other band members decided on a change of career.
After some months on Shivering Sands Fort, he applied for a job with a larger station and, in November 1965, transferred to Radio London.
Programme Director Ben Toney persuaded him to change his name and he broadcast using his two Christian names as “John Edward.” John stayed with the station until the following July but never had a regular time slot, just deputising for whichever disc-jockey was on shore leave.
The guitarist, and the sax player, Woolf Byrne, both joined Radio City.
(John has very kindly sent us this photo of himself on Radio City's roof.) His theme tune was Sweet Dreams by The Shadows.
John reports that, at a recent Manish Boys reunion, it was mooted to have a thrash at re-recording I Pity The Fool. For more recent snaps, see the Radio London 40th birthday party. was born in Norwich on 20th March 1945 and got his first experience of broadcasting while working as a ‘blue coat’ at a Pontin's holiday camp.
John has very kindly sent us a previously unpublished promotional photo from the sixties as well as the one above. He would play requests for holiday makers over the camp's Tannoy system.