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The Very Best of Billy J Kramer
British singer Billy J. Kramer had been toiling for British Railways and playing music in his spare time when he caught the eye of manager Brian Epstein and his future was set. Kramer was paired with a solid instrumental group, The Dakotas, and supplied with some songs penned by one of Epstein's other acts – The Beatles. With producer George Martin at the controls, Kramer turned Lennon-McCartney's "Do You Want To Know A Secret?," "Bad To Me" and "I'll Keep You Satisfied" into Top 10 U.K. hits in 1963, and in the next two years had similar success with "Little Children" and "Trains And Boats And Planes." These and two dozen more from Billy and The Dakotas can be heard on the 2005 Parlophone collection THE VERY BEST OF. Featuring all of his British Invasion hits (and a few surprisingly tough sides for a singer better known for ballads), the collection paints a vivid portrait of Billy J Kramer, who was born in this day in 1943.