Whilst in America, Nancy had agreed to sign representation forms with Lauri Ames.  When Chic Thompson, the head of Chic records heard of this, fearing Nancy might leave the group and thereby endanger his investment, he pulled the plug on the venture, and any negotiations for extending the trip were cancelled, both with the A.F.M. and with the agencies back in the U.K. Arguments over expenses between Ames and Chic records swallowed up any payments due to the group; even the fee from the Ed Sullivan Show was absorbed by the squabbling parties.This, together with pending litigation over the copyright of 'Freight Train', caused even more mayhem.Eventually the copyright argument was settled amicably out of court; all interested parties receiving an equal share of the performing rights. Chic Records then disappeared into the blue beyond and no record royalties were ever paid out from the U.S. sales.

On their return from America, Nancy had given notice that she did not want to renew her agreement.She had never been happy as part of a group.  Her much publicised outbursts made headlines, like;


All this did not endear her to the skiffle fans nor did it help the atmosphere in the group.Part of the reason for Nancy's disquiet could also have been the result of turmoil in her personal life. In August, just before she left, the publicity broke;


Nancy had announced to the press that she was engaged to Bobby Kelly, prompting Kelly's wife to announce that this couldn't be. The ensuing publicity might have helped boost the figures for the last few days of the Moss Empire tour, but as far as the group was concerned it was publicity that they could have done without. Nancy stayed until the end of the tour; enabling Chas to audition for a replacement in every major city they played. Hundreds of hopefuls were auditioned before it was decided that Shirley Douglas, (who they had heard down the line over a B.B.C link-up with Belfast), should join the group.She made her first appearance with them on a television show, 'Now, the Hop Fields'.

'Greenback Dollar' was the second record with Nancy to enter the charts, but 'Face in the Rain' and 'Johnny Oh', technically better records, failed to register.The skiffle group had made a guest appearance in the movie 'The Tommy Steele Story' and on its release in September 1957; it prompted a brief re-entry for 'Freight Train'.