Sandra Adams was a 14 year old girl in 1967 whose uncle ran a radio station in New Mexico. Sandra listened to a promo record that arrived at the station one day and wrote a fan letter to an unknown 20 year-old singer. She received a lengthy, personal reply that contained the following lines:
In answer to your questions, my real name is David Jones and I don’t have to tell you why I changed it. “Nobody’s going to make a monkey out of you,” said my manager. My birthday is January 8th and I guess I’m 5’10”
I hope one day to get to America. My manager tells me lots about it as he has been there many times with other acts he manages. I was watching an old film on TV the other night called “No Down Payment,” a great film, but rather depressing if it is a true reflection of The American Way Of Life. However, shortly after that they showed a documentary about Robert Frost the American poet, filmed mainly at his home in Vermont, and that evened the score. I am sure that that is nearer the real America. I made my first movie last week. Just a fifteen minutes short, but it gave me some good experience for a full length deal I have starting in January. Thank you for being so kind as to write to me and do please write again and let me know some more about yourself.
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