Billy J. Kramer is a Liverpool musical legend. A friend of the Beatles, he was signed to Parlophone in the wake of their initial success. With the backing of Manchester’s the Dakotas, he placed a number of compositions by John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the upper range of the charts between 1963 and 1965, including ‘Do You Want to Know a Secret?,’ ‘I’ll Keep You Satisfied’ and ‘I’ll Be on My Way.’
Kramer was managed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, whom he believes is on the verge of being forgotten for his role in the Beatles story. He has launched a campaign to try to get Epstein, who died in 1967, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so that Epstein’s legacy will be preserved. Although the Hall has a category for non-performers, to date no manager has been given such an honor.
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Billy J. Kramer on the Beatles, His New Album and Why Brian Epstein Should be in the Hall of Fame
George Martin on Brian Epstein
"First of all he picked them. He actually said 'I want to be your manager... I want to look after you.' And if he hadn't brought them to me, I wouldn't have recorded them.
"He gave them style... He gave them taste.... He gave them their charm and their impeccability in dress. He was quite strict with them in dressing them up. He made them bow after each performance. Brian gave them all that. He was a dear man and he had a great deal of talent."