Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Do You Remember ?

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Do You Remember ?

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Manchester group The Dakotas, well known for backing Billy J Kramer in the 1960s, had their manager to thank for their unusual name. After a gig at the Plaza Ballroom in Oxford Street in 1960, he asked them to come back dressed as Native Americans and to call themselves The Dakotas!

¦ The group were founded in September 1960 by rhythm guitarist Robin MacDonald along with Elkie Brooks' brother Tony Bookbinder on drums.

¦ Bryn Jones was on lead guitar and Ian Fraser on bass.

¦ Mike Maxfield replaced Jones as lead guitarist in February 1962 after playing in Manchester band The Coasters. ¦ The Dakotas started off by backing Peter MacLaine in 1962, but Beatles manager Brian Epstein brought them together with Billy J Kramer a year later.

¦ Chart success quickly followed as Kramer was given a series of songs specially written for him by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. …

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