Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas

Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas

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William Ashton was discovered by Brian Epstein and paired with Manchester-based group The Dakotas. William's performing name, Kramer, was chosen at random from a telephone directory. John Lennon suggested adding the "J" for a "tougher edge". Kramer was given a series of songs specially written for him by John Lennon and Paul McCartney which launched him into stardom. "I'll Keep You Satisfied", "From a Window", "I Call Your Name" and "Bad to Me". They also released "Do You Want to Know a Secret?" reaching #2 backed by "I'll Be on My Way" which was unreleased by the Beatles. The Dakotas enjoyed Top 20 success in 1963 on their own. "Little Children" was their biggest hit reaching #2 in the USA.
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Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas Discography

Albums

PMC 1209 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* Listen... (Album) Parlophone PMC 1209 UK 1963 Sell This Version
LP-9273 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* I'll Keep You Satisfied (Album) Imperial LP-9273 US 1964 Sell This Version
LP-12267 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* Little Children (Album, Comp) Imperial LP-12267 US 1964 Sell This Version
LP-9291 The Billy J. Kramer With Dakotas* Trains And Boats And Planes (Album) Imperial LP-9291 US 1965 Sell This Version
MFP 1134 Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas* Billy Boy(LP, Album) Music For Pleasure MFP 1134 UK 1966 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GEP 8928 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* Billy J. Plays The States(7", EP) Parlophone GEP 8928 UK 1962 Sell This Version
45-DPY 651 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* Bad To Me (Single) Parlophone 45-DPY 651 Finland 1963 Sell This Version
R 5073 Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas* I'll Keep You Satisfied (Single) Parlophone R 5073 UK 1963 Sell This Version
GEP 8885 Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas The Billy J. Kramer Hits (EP) Parlophone GEP 8885 UK 1963 Sell This Version
R 5023 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* Do You Want To Know A Secret (Single) Parlophone R 5023 UK 1963 Sell This Version
DSOE 16.556 Billy J. Kramer Con The Dakotas* Do You Want To Know A Secret(7", EP, Mono) Odeon DSOE 16.556 Spain 1963 Sell This Version
Gep 8895 Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas I'll Keep You Satisfied(7", EP) Parlophone Gep 8895 UK 1963 Sell This Version
45-DPY 658 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* Little Children (Single) Parlophone 45-DPY 658 Finland 1964 Sell This Version
GEPO-8907 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* Little Children (EP) Parlophone GEPO-8907 Australia 1964 Sell This Version
NZP 3168 Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas From A Window (Single) Parlophone NZP 3168 New Zealand 1963 Sell This Version
66051 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* From A Window / I'll Be On My Way (Single) Imperial 66051 US 1964 Sell This Version
66027 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* Little Children / Bad To Me (Single) Imperial 66027 US 1964 Sell This Version
DSOE 16.584 Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas Da Doo Ron Ron(7", EP, Mono) Odeon DSOE 16.584 Spain 1964 Sell This Version
GEP 8921 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* From A Window(7", EP, Mono) Parlophone GEP 8921 UK 1964 Sell This Version
55667 Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas Do You Want To Know A Secret / Bad To Me(7", Promo) Liberty 55667 US 1964 Sell This Version
R 5362 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* Neon City / I'll Be Doggone (Single) Parlophone R 5362 UK 1965 Sell This Version
66085 Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas* It's Gotta Last Forever / They Remind Me Of You (Single) Imperial 66085 US 1965 Sell This Version
R 5285 Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas* Trains And Boats And Planes / I'll Be On My Way (Single) Imperial R 5285 UK 1965 Sell This Version
A8156 Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas* Trains And Boats And Planes (Single) Odeon A8156 Australasia 1965 Sell This Version
R 5234 Billy J. Kramer With His Dakotas* It's Gotta Last Forever(7") Parlophone R 5234 UK 1965 Sell This Version

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