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The Beatles and Billy J Kramer: From Liverpool with Love

"Do you Want to Know a Secret" book cover

Imagine…It’s Liverpool in the 60’s. The Merseybeat is in full swing.

What comes to mind?  The Beatles – yes! And…“Do You Want to Know a Secret,” from Billy J Kramer, a charismatic singer with a string of hits that began with that John Lennon and Paul McCartney penned song. As Billy said in this interview, “Do You Want to Know a Secret” was not a cover. It was arranged and performed originally by him. And Billy caught the eye of Ed Sullivan soon after. The Ed Sullivan Show gave his career an additional kick-start with regular appearances on TV.

Billy followed up with“Bad to Me,” which was also written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The recording of the song was released in 1963 and it became a hit, reaching #2 in the UK Singles Chart. John Lennon was present during the recording session at Abbey Road Studios. The single was released in the United States the following year and was a top-ten hit there as well.

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