..Kramer (real name William Howart Ashton) his Manager BRIAN EPSTEIN brought him together with The DAKOTAS.
GEORGE MARTIN also from BEATLES fame was the producer, what was nearer
as to record some Lennon-McCartney songs too.
Between 1963 & 65 he got 6 songs in the UK Top Twenty.
Two Albums only released in the States, charted in the US Top 50.
The Dakotas recorded some solo singles and one EP the Shadows Type
song "The Cruel Sea" reached the UK Top 20.
see: Johnny Kidd & the Pirates ; Shanghai ; Pirates ;
Billy J.Kramer - lead vocals;
Ray Jones, Robin MacDonald - bass;
Tony Mansfield, Frank Farley - drums;
Mike Maxfield, Mick Green - guitars;
Do you want to know a Secret? (Lennon-McCartney) 1963
I'll be on my Way (McCartney-Lennon) 1963
The Cruel Sea (Maxfield) 1963 The DAKOTAS
Bad to me (Lennon-McCartney) 1963
I call your Name (Lennon-McCartney) 1963
Magic Carpet 1963 The DAKOTAS
I'll keep you satisfied (Lennon-McCartney) 1963
Little Children (Shuman-McFarland) 1964
They remind me of you (MacDonald-Maxfield) 1964
From a Window (Lennon-McCartney) 1964
Second to none (MacDonald) 1964
It's gotta last Forever (Westlake-Giant-Lynch) 1965
Trains and Boats and Planes (Bacharach--David) 1965
Neon City (Scott) 1965
I'll be Doggone (Robinson-Moore-Tarplin) 1965
Take my Hand (Green-MacDonald) 1966
We're doing fine (H.Ott) 1966
Forgive me (MacDonald-Green) 1966
You can't live on Memories (Hodgson-Kramer) 1983 Billy J.Kramer - Solo