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An Evening With Billy J. Kramer

Billy J. Kramer, born William Howard Ashton, grew up in Liverpool, England.  Upon leaving school, he became an apprentice engineer by day and an aspiring singer by night.  Billy’s performance at local rock clubs around Liverpool soon caught the attention of John Lennon, who urged Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein to offer him a management contract.  Billy went on to become the first artist (including The Beatles themselves) to record a Lennon-McCartney song.  “Do You Want To Know A Secret” shot to the top of the UK charts, and started a string of international hits for Billy written especially for him by Lennon and McCartney.  Smash hits “Bad To Me,”  “I’ll Keep You Satisfied,” “From A Window,” and “I Call Your Name” soon followed as did appearances on popular television shows, Shindig, Hullabaloo and The Ed Sullivan Show.  To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The British Invasion, Billy released his first album in over 30 years, titled I Won The Fight, which includes an ode to his hometown, written by Billy, called “To Liverpool With Love.”  Join us as we welcome Billy J. Kramer to the Clive Davis Theater for an interview moderated by Vice President of MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation, Scott Goldman.

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