01 May 2006
The name is Billy J. Kramer
Born William Howard Ashton, Billy J. Kramer chose his stage name from the local telephone directory. Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas were among the flurry of Merseybeat groups who emerged with the success of The Beatles. Sharing the same manager as The Beatles meant perks like having George Martin as their record producer, and better still, the cast offs of Lennon/McCartney! This song was supposed to be exclusive to Billy J. Kramer, but The Beatles later recorded their own version of this song, with a faster arrangement.
Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas - I Call Your Name fixed link
Billy j. Kramer continues to perform! Visit his official site here.
Official site of The Dakotas, here. Also includes biographical info on their days in the 60s.
Condensed biography at BBC Radio 1, here.