'Get a proper job,' career adviser told Tom Jones

Thursday February 4, 2010

An embarrassed career adviser has revealed he once told musical legend Tom Jones to give up his dream of singing and "get a proper job".

Sir Tom was an unemployed pub singer in the Welsh valleys when Roger Dinham, now 64, offered him a job as a factory worker.

But the determined Welshman insisted on pursuing his dream and saw his £1-a-week benefit cut as a result.

"He said he was going to be a big star," says Roger, who worked in Wales's first job centre.

"I said I didn't care and he should get his backside down the factory. But I'm a fan and glad he ignored my advice."

The It's Not Unusual singer went on to sell 100 million records and amass a personal fortune of £175 million.

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