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Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas – 1964 NME Poll Winners Concert – Nights At The Roundtable

Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas - in 1964 the British Invasion was still wholesome.

Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas – in 1964 the British Invasion was still wholesome.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – NME Poll Winners Concert – Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas – April 26, 1964 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

Sadly, only two numbers from this overlooked group, who were one of the mainstays of the British Invasion of 1964, are available tonight. Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas had several huge hits during this time. But like many bands from this era, the changes in society and music in general passed them quickly after a few years. Even though they were seasoned veterans of the Club circuit, the same one The Beatles cut their teeth on,their popularity began to wane as the scene progressed. Since they were managed by Brian Epstein (who also managed The Beatles) they were in the enviable position of being given a number of Lennon-McCartney songs to record, and those were some of their most memorable hits.

But in 1964 they were riding the crest of a huge wave, and this Poll Winners concert from April 16, 1964, features only two of their numbers, recorded at that concert. I suspect there was more – but this was a fast-paced awards show, so a 4 minute appearance might just be all there was.

Billy J. Kramer is still active and was last seen as part of the British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour. And the beat goes on.

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