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"It don't mean a thing"
Jack was born in
Iron Lane, Georgetown in 1916.
Jack with his friend Charles
Beswick, taken in 1937 at Chelmsford.
In 1939 Jack returned to Merthyr to work
at Rotax Ltd, Cyfarthfa, Manufacturers
of Magnetos and Distributors, ETC. for the
aircraft industry. In later years Jack
attended a Rotax Toolroom 40th Anniversary
Dinner, The Menu shown here was
drawn by Toolroom Ex-colleague and
renowned local artist George Hanney .
The rear of which was signed by all
Click to enlarge
Nora soon followed Jack to Merthyr, and
in November 1939, they became married.
Jack and Nora lived for a while at First Avenue, Galon Uchaf, where his
Valerie and Pauline were born.
During this time Jack's
reputation as a guitarist was growing and he soon
became a much sought after
musician and arranger with local bands.
In December 1952 he moved to 15,
Maendy Crescant, Gellideg Estate,
which had just been completed.
He lived here for the rest of his life. He
eventually became resident
guitarist at the Gellideg Social Club, and played
there until he resigned in
Jack seen here at the Gellideg
Social Club, On the extreme left is his
long time friend Dave Gould.
(See Dave Gould's Guitar
Here's Jack Playing with the
Jack Laycock Four at an Aberdare Club.
Jack gave guitar playing lessons
during the late 60's and throughout the 70's.
He taught many of Merthyr's musical
talent including Owen Money.
In the mid 1970.s Jack, together
with his brother Ron Laycock, took up a
twice weekly gig at the Castle
Hotel, Merthyr. On occasion when Ron was
not available Jack was joined by
either Dave Gould or Scotsman Robbie
Wallace (Bob Silver).
In 1985 Jack had surgery which
affected the rest of his life, but a few days
prior to this operation he was
allowed out of hospital to got to a Jazz Club
in Cardiff, to see American Jazz
Guitarist Tal Farlow.
Jack with guitarist Tal Farlow
at the Gibbs Club, Cardiff , 1985
Jack and Nora at their Golden
Wedding Anniversary, at the Horse &
Groom Inn, Penydarren.
passed away on the 24th August 1993
Jack passed away peacefully at
home on Thursday 7th March 2002.