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The Rock-itt : May 2012
Hi music fans and great to be back with you in our May issue of “Rock & Roll History”. We left off last month still in the middle of the swinging sixties and the British Invasion where we had glimpses of some of the wonderful artists of that era. Now let’s take a squiz at some more of the stars who contributed to making the sixties a legendary era. Billy.J .Kramer was another from the stable of Brian Epstein and with his band, The Dakotas, had some fabulous hits on the m usic charts. As you know from previous instalments, Epstein had it altogether with tune smiths, Lennon & McCartney penning the music and George Martin producing it, as was the case with Cilla Black in our last issue. The sam e thing happened here for Billy.J.Kramer who also recorded Lennon/McCartney compositions which took him to the top of the music charts worldwide. Kramer had movie star looks and a good voice to go with it and after topping the charts with hits like “I’ll Keep You Satisfied”, “I Call Your Name”, “From a W indow” and “Bad to Me”, was soon in big demand on television shows throughout Britain and as a result, gradually Billy’s star began to rise. When Brian Epstein made his first visit to America in an attempt to suss out the U.S music market, he took Billy along with him. They were seen around all of the trendy nightspots and restaurants together as Epstein went to every conceivable measure to get publicity which eventually paid off when a meeting was arranged between American television impresario, Ed Sullivan who had initially given Elvis Presley a spot on his show helping shoot the Memphis rocker further up the ladder to stardom. Epstein knew that if he could get the top act in his stable, “The Beatles” on American television, then the breakthrough he was desperately looking for into the American market would be assured. And that is exactly what happened. A cam paign was launched by Epstein and Sullivan throwing everything available into promoting The Beatles coming, which would be eventually followed by the rest of the artists from the British Invasion. The American disc jockeys were given the nod to saturate the air waves with Beatles’ music and they also started a daily countdown to the Beatles arrival in the U.S. which had such effect on the young fans that when the ‘fab four’ finally touched down on American soil, thousands of hysterical young girls were waiting at the airport ready to embrace their British idols. So the assault on America had started and now that the barricades were down dozens of British bands would follow in The Beatles’ wake. Here in Ozz it wasn’t any different and Beatlemania erupted even though the Beatles were thousands of miles away in the United States. I remember lining up one Saturday night to go into the “Beach House”. a rock venue just across from Sydney’s Hyde Park. There were some girls just in front of us in the line, we began chatting and thinking we were doing some early ground work which might come in handy when it came to going home later on. But they said they were only staying a while because The Beatles were on television and they wanted to get home to see them. WHERE TO GET THE ROCK-ITT Calabria Club Manly Vale, JB HI-FI Warringah Mall, Medical Centre Warringah Mall, HCF Dental Warringah Mall, HCF Eyecare Warringah Mall, , Cash Traders Dee Why, BSW Bottle Shop Newport, Mona Vale Rd Terrey Hills, Time & Tide Hotel Campbell Ave Dee Why, Newport Arms Hotel, Old Manly Boatshed The Corso. Yo Yos Youth Club Forest Way, Subway Avalon, Subway Skyline Shops, Parkway Hotel Frenchs Forest Mona Vale Hotel Old Barrenjoey Rd, Curl Curl BSW Bottle Shop , Fishos Raglan St Manly, Warriewood Square, Eco-Spray Car Wash Cafe, Beacon Hill, Pie Shop Terrey Hills Shops, Coffee Shop Terrey Hills Shops, The Beach Club Collaroy, George the Barber, Roger St Brookvale, (George also keeps back issues) This Month: The British Invasion