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.
Years later, he’s still going strong. His “To Liverpool With Love” toured in 2013 and he recently released his album, “I Won the Fight.” OWC’s Larry O’Connor recently partnered with Brian Vincik to send Billy to Nashville to record four new songs for his new album in 2021. You can find his fascinating autobiography entitled “Do You Want to Know a Secretbilly – The Autobiography of Billy J. Kramer,” here
Cirina had a great time interviewing Billy about his career, his friendship with the Beatles, his struggles with alcoholism, and his positive thoughts for the future.
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