Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas ‎– The Best Of Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas -1979 - Beat (rare UK vinyl)


Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas ‎– The Best Of Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas -1979 - Beat (rare vinyl)

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He grew up as the youngest of seven siblings and attended the St George of England Secondary School, Bootle. He then took up an engineering apprenticeship with British Railways and in his spare time played rhythm guitar in a group he had formed himself, before switching to become a vocalist. The performing name Kramer was chosen at random from a telephone directory. It was John Lennon's suggestion that the "J" be added to the name to further distinguish him by adding a "tougher edge".[1] Kramer soon came to the attention of Brian Epstein, ever on the look-out for new talentto add to his expanding roster of local artists. Kramer turned professional but his then backing group, the Coasters, were less keen, so Epstein sought out the services of a Manchester-based group, the Dakotas, a combo then backing Pete MacLaine.

Even then, the Dakotas would not join Kramer without a recording contract of their own. Once in place, the deal was set and both acts signed to Parlophone under George Martin. Collectively, they were named Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas to keep their own identities within the act. Once the Beatles broke through, the way was paved for a tide of Merseybeat and Kramer was offered the chance to cover "Do You Want to Know a Secret?", first released by the Beatles on their own debut album, Please Please Me. The track had been turned down by Shane Fenton (later known as Alvin Stardust) who was looking for a career-reviving hit.

Sleeve Condition (Out of 10) ~ 9 one corner has slight wear
Label Condition (Out of 10) ~ 10 
Vinyl Condition ~ (Out of 10) 
Side 1 -10
side 2 - 10
BIN # 135

Label:EMI ‎– NUT 9
Format:Vinyl, LP, Compilation 


A1 I'll Keep You Satisfied
A2 Do You Want To Know A Secret
A3 We're Doing Fine
A4 I Call Your Name
A5 From A Window
A6 Second To None
A7 Beautiful Dreamer
A8 The Cruel Sea
A9 Magic Carpet
A10 I'll Be On My Way
B1 Bad To Me
B2 It's Up To You
B3 Little Children
B4 Take My Hand
B5 Trains And Boats And Planes
B6 Still Waters Run Deep
B7 Tell Me Girl
B8 I Know
B9 Dance With Me
B10 Sugar Babe

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