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The Dakotas - The Cruel Sea (Billy J. Krammer Backing Band)
The Dakotas - The Cruel Sea (Billy J. Krammer Backing Band)
Published: 2014/12/15
Channel: RollingStones50yrs3
The Dakotas Live
The Dakotas Live
Published: 2013/11/13
Channel: leeroysilk
Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas - The Millionaire
Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas - The Millionaire
Published: 2008/07/26
Channel: TheMerseySound
1963 #13. Bad To Me ~ Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas
1963 #13. Bad To Me ~ Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas
Published: 2015/06/20
Channel: Trevor Coard
The Band Dakota - Whoa
The Band Dakota - Whoa
Published: 2015/10/29
Channel: TheBandDakota
Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band Half-time Show
Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band Half-time Show
Published: 2015/10/04
Channel: Jared Doyle
Dakota - John Davidson - 1968
Dakota - John Davidson - 1968
Published: 2016/01/15
Channel: ClassicMovieClips
The Dakotas - The spider and the fly
The Dakotas - The spider and the fly
Published: 2013/06/28
Channel: Sergio Walrus
The "Pride of the Dakotas" SDSU marching band
The "Pride of the Dakotas" SDSU marching band
Published: 2014/10/30
Channel: Jeffrey Neuberger
Dakota - NS Tryout Amersfoort CS 23-09-2011
Dakota - NS Tryout Amersfoort CS 23-09-2011
Published: 2011/09/23
Channel: Dolf Butselaar
The Pride of the Dakotas at the 2011 Fresh from Florida Parade
The Pride of the Dakotas at the 2011 Fresh from Florida Parade
Published: 2012/01/02
Channel: VideosIowa
Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band Pre-Game Show
Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band Pre-Game Show
Published: 2015/10/04
Channel: Jared Doyle
jerry kelly band 1978 tour rehersal/DAKOTA
jerry kelly band 1978 tour rehersal/DAKOTA
Published: 2010/06/22
Channel: jeddabogracie1
"Pride of the Dakotas" performs "Happy."
"Pride of the Dakotas" performs "Happy."
Published: 2014/10/30
Channel: Jeffrey Neuberger
DAKOTA BAND
DAKOTA BAND
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: Musi Flak
University of North Dakota (formerly known as the Fighting Sioux) Hockey Band (11/03/2013)
University of North Dakota (formerly known as the Fighting Sioux) Hockey Band (11/03/2013)
Published: 2013/02/07
Channel: mombleesie
Southern Dakota Band Promo Video
Southern Dakota Band Promo Video
Published: 2016/04/01
Channel: The Southern Dakota Band
Stereophonics - Dakota (Official Video)
Stereophonics - Dakota (Official Video)
Published: 2008/10/03
Channel: Stereophonics Official
A Silent Film - Danny, Dakota & the Wishing Well
A Silent Film - Danny, Dakota & the Wishing Well
Published: 2012/06/28
Channel: ASilentFilmVEVO
Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas ~ "LITTLE CHILDREN"  HQ AUDIO   1964
Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas ~ "LITTLE CHILDREN" HQ AUDIO 1964
Published: 2013/03/28
Channel: ClassicPerformances2
Dakota - Icon
Dakota - Icon
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: Dakota
The Pride of the Dakotas Drum Line
The Pride of the Dakotas Drum Line
Published: 2014/10/17
Channel: Kelsey Megard
"Ring The Bell" - The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band
"Ring The Bell" - The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band
Published: 2012/09/23
Channel: VideosIowa
DISINI MENUNGGUMU - DAKOTA ft. SKY BAND - PONOROGO
DISINI MENUNGGUMU - DAKOTA ft. SKY BAND - PONOROGO
Published: 2015/04/20
Channel: Ameera Brotherhood
America the Beautiful -The Band Dakota
America the Beautiful -The Band Dakota
Published: 2015/07/03
Channel: TheBandDakota
Revolver - Dakota (Band for hire)
Revolver - Dakota (Band for hire)
Published: 2014/05/25
Channel: JakeEdwardsMedia
Dakota band entertains at The Downtown Bazaar event in St. Augustine, FL Colonial Quarter - 7/26/14
Dakota band entertains at The Downtown Bazaar event in St. Augustine, FL Colonial Quarter - 7/26/14
Published: 2014/07/27
Channel: hlstewart325
DAKOTA BLUE - Emerald Isle (official music video)
DAKOTA BLUE - Emerald Isle (official music video)
Published: 2016/10/05
Channel: Dakota Blue
NORTH DAKOTA: An Introduction to the Band
NORTH DAKOTA: An Introduction to the Band
Published: 2012/06/15
Channel: Ryan B
Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas - From a window (1964)
Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas - From a window (1964)
Published: 2013/05/20
Channel: ticktock70
Senior Concert Band - "Dakota" by Jacob De Haan
Senior Concert Band - "Dakota" by Jacob De Haan
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: Lower Canada College
Let
Let's Work Together - THE DAKOTAS - LIVE
Published: 2013/02/05
Channel: DakotasBand
Dakota High School Spring 2017 Band Concert (Jazz Band)
Dakota High School Spring 2017 Band Concert (Jazz Band)
Published: 2017/05/18
Channel: rosellep
The Dakotas - Cruising with the Stars - TV interview
The Dakotas - Cruising with the Stars - TV interview
Published: 2013/02/22
Channel: DakotasBand
SDSU Pride Of The Dakotas Marching Band 10/11/13
SDSU Pride Of The Dakotas Marching Band 10/11/13
Published: 2013/10/12
Channel: boogymonster7
Dakota Poorman Band
Dakota Poorman Band
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: Brian Phelan
The Band of Heathens – Jayhawks Cover – The Dakota – 9/14/16
The Band of Heathens – Jayhawks Cover – The Dakota – 9/14/16
Published: 2016/09/25
Channel: Kevin Moynihan
"Roller Gurls" by the Dakota Poorman Band
"Roller Gurls" by the Dakota Poorman Band
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: dacesrocknmore
John Lennon Sings The "Band On The Run" Album -   New Year 1975
John Lennon Sings The "Band On The Run" Album - New Year 1975
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: Stevie Riks
The North & South Dakotas - Long Time Coming
The North & South Dakotas - Long Time Coming
Published: 2013/10/07
Channel: The North and South Dakotas
Stereophonics Tribute Band - The VereoPhonics - Dakota - Yardbirds Grimsby 04.12.16
Stereophonics Tribute Band - The VereoPhonics - Dakota - Yardbirds Grimsby 04.12.16
Published: 2016/12/05
Channel: The VereoPhonics
Gina Horswood Cd Release, Dakota Tavern, May-22-2016
Gina Horswood Cd Release, Dakota Tavern, May-22-2016
Published: 2016/05/23
Channel: JimmysWorldVideo
The Dakota Keys at Vern Cermak Band Shell
The Dakota Keys at Vern Cermak Band Shell
Published: 2016/08/17
Channel: fargowillis
Dakota Maine- Nothin
Dakota Maine- Nothin' But A Good Time band cover
Published: 2015/11/09
Channel: Dakota Maine
SDSU Pride of the Dakotas at Reagan Inaugural Parade 1981
SDSU Pride of the Dakotas at Reagan Inaugural Parade 1981
Published: 2015/10/24
Channel: druminaway1
Dakota | Wedding Band from Kent | Hire from Function Central
Dakota | Wedding Band from Kent | Hire from Function Central
Published: 2016/05/23
Channel: FunctionCentral
The Mercenaries live at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto - CRAZY
The Mercenaries live at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto - CRAZY
Published: 2013/09/30
Channel: Mike Lewis
Amarillo By Morning-The Dakota Ramblers Band
Amarillo By Morning-The Dakota Ramblers Band
Published: 2012/06/16
Channel: telecastoff1
South Dakota State University - "The Pride"
South Dakota State University - "The Pride"
Published: 2011/10/17
Channel: Ernie Ruben
The Dakota.Parachute Regiment
The Dakota.Parachute Regiment
Published: 2016/11/20
Channel: British Marches
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The Dakotas
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Pop
Years active 1962–present
Labels Parlophone, Imperial
Website Link
Members Toni Baker
Pete Hilton
Alan Clare
Marius Jones
Ronnie Ravey
Past members Robin McDonald
Mick Green
Ray Jones
Mike Maxfield
Tony Mansfield
Richard Benson
Eddie Mooney
Paul Rafferty[1]

The Dakotas is a group of British musicians, which initially convened as a backing band in Manchester, England. However, they are most closely associated with the singer Billy J. Kramer, a Liverpudlian who was the lead vocalist for the group during the 1960s.[2] In the USA they are regarded as part of the British invasion.

Career[edit]

The group's name arose from an engagement at the Plaza Ballroom in Oxford Street, Manchester. Their manager asked the group to return the next week dressed as Indians and called the Dakotas, founded in September 1960 by rhythm guitarist Robin MacDonald, with Bryn Jones on lead guitar; Tony Bookbinder (Elkie Brooks older brother, also known as Tony Mansfield) on drums, and Ian Fraser on bass. Ray Jones joined the band as bassist replacing Ian Fraser, and Mike Maxfield joined the band in February 1962 as lead guitarist replacing Bryn Jones after being with a Manchester band called the Coasters. The group first backed Pete MacLaine (February 1962 – January 1963). However, Brian Epstein, who was managing Billy J. Kramer, made the Dakotas an offer to become Kramer's backing band, which they accepted. Epstein insisted the name was "Billy J Kramer with The Dakotas", not "...and...". The group and Billy J Kramer then went to Hamburg to perfect their act.

In addition to backing Kramer on his hits, the group itself is perhaps best known for their instrumental single called "The Cruel Sea", a composition of Maxfield that reached No.18 in the UK charts in July 1963.[3] The track was re-titled "The Cruel Surf" in the U.S., and was subsequently covered by The Ventures.

The band released "Magic Carpet" by George Martin in September 1963. It was not a hit.[2] Their next single, "Oyeh" (November 1964), was not a chart success either.

After a row with Epstein, Ray Jones left the group in July 1964. Robin MacDonald moved to bass to make way for a new lead guitarist, Mick Green from Johnny Kidd and The Pirates,[2] and the band continued to record with Kramer and under their own name. Maxfield left to concentrate on songwriting in 1965, leaving the Dakotas as a trio, while ex-Pirate Frank Farley replaced Mansfield on drums in 1966.[2] However, the decline of Kramer's career through alcoholism also caused the decline of the Dakotas' career. He parted from the group in September 1967, and the band folded the following year. MacDonald, Green and Farley then joined Cliff Bennet's backing band.[2]

The Dakotas reformed in the late 1980s and recruited vocalist Eddie Mooney and session musician Toni Baker. After original drummer Tony Mansfield left to pursue a career in finance and Mike Maxfield suffered a stroke, drummer Pete Hilton and guitarist Alan Clare were added. In recent years, the band has appeared on nostalgia 1960s package tours in their own right, as well as backing artists such as Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, Wayne Fontana, and John Walker of the Walker Brothers. In 2004 the Dakotas worked with British comedian Peter Kay on hit TV series Phoenix Nights, and Max and Paddy. Toni Baker co-wrote all the music with Peter Kay.

In December 2007, Eddie Mooney was invited to front The Fortunes whose lead singer, Rod Allen died after a sudden illness.[4] This led to him joining the band full-time. Since December 2010 the Dakotas gained a new bass player in Marius Jones, and a new frontman in Ronnie Ravey, taking the band back to the original formula of a 5 piece outfit.

The Dakotas still tour and record, but none of the members from the 1960s play with the group,[5] although Mike Maxfield, the original guitarist, is still involved behind the scenes.

1960s personnel[edit]

  • Tony Mansfield (born Anthony Bookbinder, 28 May 1943, Salford, Lancashire) – drummer
  • Ian Fraser – bassist (1960 only)
  • Bryn Jones – guitarist (up to February 1962)
  • Robin MacDonald (born 18 July 1943, Nairn, Scotland died 9 September 2015) – rhythm guitarist / bassist (from September 1960 onwards)
  • Ray Jones (born Raymond Jones, 22 October 1939, Oldham, Lancashire – died 20 January 2000) – bassist (up to July 1964)
  • Mike Maxfield (born Michael Maxfield, 23 February 1944, Manchester) – lead guitarist
  • Mick Green (born Michael Robert Green, 2 February 1944, Matlock, Derbyshire died 11 January 2010) – lead guitarist (from July 1964 onwards)
  • Frank Farley (born Frank William Farley, 18 February 1942, Belgium, India) (from August 1966 onwards) – drummer
  • Tony Reeve joined the band in 1962, and was one of the first left-handed bass guitarists in England, along with Paul McCartney.[citation needed] Reeve joined the band after spending many years in the police force as a civilian photographer, he then left the police force to work for a kitchen-fitting company and from there he was asked to join the band.[citation needed]

Additional information[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas". 45-rpm.org.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Larkin C 'Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music' (Muze UK Ltd, 1997) ISBN 0-7535-0149-X p138
  3. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. 16 March 2000. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Entertainment | Fortunes singer Allen dies at 63". BBC News. 11 January 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Dakotas". The Dakotas. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived 31 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  • Sleeve notes of Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas EP Collection 1995 Miles Records SEECD422

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