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Billy J. Kramer (born William Howard Ashton, 19 August 1943, in Bootle, Liverpool, England) was a British Invasion / Merseybeat singer. He is known today primarily as the singer of various Lennon-McCartney compositions that The Beatles did not use.

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'. Billy soon came to the attention of Brian… read more

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  • Avatar for britishboy1976
    For anyone who is interested, EMI release on 23 April 2012 'Completely Cilla: 1963-1973' - a 5CD boxset of material by the British pop singer Cilla Black who began her career alongside The Beatles in Liverpool during the 1960s. Cilla went on to chart 18 Top 40 singles during that decade and toured across the world with many of the other sixties greats. The new set contains 139 recordings all produced by George Martin (the man behind The Beatles' hits) and comes with a bonus Region 0 / NTSC DVD of many previously unreleased BBC TV music performances.
  • Avatar for ilsonowl
    Help sort out the pictures on the [artist]Amen Corner[/artist] ... it's been hijacked by some death metal band !
  • Avatar for BorisBritva88
    It seems to me that correct name of this performer is Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas.
  • Avatar for Sonofthe60s
    They really were good...every song was a neatly packaged two minute gem.
  • Avatar for marcy50
    Amazing group loved them!
  • Avatar for naftallina
    Well said, my friends below me! :) For sure there is something really charming about the 60. just like in any other period. :D
  • Avatar for Twiggystickstoo
    Ahhhhhh the 60's were the best....

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