As ITV’s critically acclaimed Cilla sweeps the heart of the nation original Merseybeat star and Brian Epstein mentored Billy J Kramer announces his first UK dates in nearly two decades as he headlines the Solid Silver 60s Show as it returns for a landmark 30th year.

  • 30 date UK Tour starts 22nd March in Blackpool
  • Over 1 million people have seen The Solid Silver 60s Show over the last 30 years
  • Billy J Kramer also to release new autobiographical studio album, I Won The Fight, first new studio album in 30 years
  • The Original Voice Of The Searchers, Mike Pender joins the bill alongside PP Arnold, Chris Farlowe, with special guests, The Merseybeats


ITV’s Cilla docu-drama has rekindled our love and interest in that glory period of 1960s Liverpool and the dramatic contribution it made to the UK music scene and beyond.


Music manager, Brian Epstein, the integral cog which propelled not only Cilla, but of course The Beatles to global stardom, also discovered and nurtured a young Liverpudlian, Billy J Kramer.


Although Epstein passed tragically young, for years Kramer led the campaign for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame to recognise his contribution to music. This was the man who discovered The Beatles and made them the biggest rock and roll phenomenon ever known, and it had appeared that he was all but forgotten. Finally, earlier in 2014, Brian was given his overdue recognition, where he was awarded the Ahmet Ertegun Award For Lifetime Achievement.


Now 50 years on from when it all began, the original teen heartthrob, Billy J Kramer returns to headline the Solid Silver 60s Show as it returns for its 30th year. Kramer had a string of hits both in the UK and US with legendary producer George Martin also recorded several original John Lennon and Paul McCartney compositions. Indeed it was Lennon who suggested to Billy that he should put “J” in front of his surname.


Songs such as Do You Want To Know A Secret, I’ll Be On My Way, Bad To Me, I Call Your Name, From A Window, Little Children, I’ll Keep You Satisfied and Trains and Boats and Planes were all a part of pop culture. With his band The Dakotas, he was an instrumental figure of the music scene of the 60s who was also considered part of the great British invasion in the US in 1964 and 1965.


The Solid Silver 60s Show has hosted many of the greatest names from the era, including Bobby Vee, Chris Montez, Brian Hyland, Gerry and The Pacemakers, John Walker (The Walker Brothers), Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, Helen Shapiro, Del Shannon, The Troggs, The Searchers, Dave Berry, Peter Sarstedt, Wayne Fontana, Peter Noone, Freddie and The Dreamers, The Fortunes, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Vanity Fare, Duane Eddy, and The Crickets.


Billy J Kramer said, “I’m delighted to be coming back to the UK with my band, The Rising. Having been touring in the US for quite a while, we have become like family. To be headlining the 30th year of the Solid Silver 60s which also is my 50th year in the business is a real privilege”


On Cilla Black “Cilla used to tour with me. She had great charm and stage presence”.


On working with Brian Epstein “ He was so put together that you knew he was somebody. People immediately paid attention to him and listened to him. No one else at that time had that way about him”.


On why the popularity of 60s music will never fade “Even if you take away the Beatles catalogue, there are more great pop songs during this decade than any other time in history. Even if you look now everybody is copying the old stuff.


On the new album “In the 60s we used to have 3 hours in a studio to nail an A and B side. With the new album I’ve been able to make the best record I possibly can. I’d say it’s been 50 years in the making! I sent Paul (McCartney) one of the new tracks, To Liverpool With Love, and he said it really captured the period.


Also confirmed for the bill for The Solid Silver 60s Show is the original voice of The Searchers, Mike Pender (Sweets For My Sweet, Sugar And Spice, Needles and Pins, Don’t Throw Your Love Away), Chris Farlowe (Handbags and Gladrags, Out Of Time, Ride On Baby) and PP Arnold (Angel Of The Morning, Boy From New York City, The First Cut Is The Deepest).


For this special anniversary tour, The Merseybeats, (I Think Of You, Don’t Turn Around, Wishin’ And Hopin’) one of the Cavern Club’s original alumni (having performed with The Beatles and Gerry & The Pacemakers) will take to the stage as special guest.


The Solid Silver 60s Show


22 March         Blackpool                   Grand Theatre

23 March         Manchester               Palace Theatre

25 March         Southend                    Cliffs Pavilion

26 March         Halifax                       Victoria Theatre

27 March         Southport                   Theatre

28 March         Skegness                   Embassy Theatre

29 March         Leeds                          Grand Theatre

31 March         Bristol                         Hippodrome

1 April             Cardiff                          St David’s Hall

2 April             Sheffield                       City Hall

3 April             Liverpool                     Philharmonic Hall

4 April             Birmingham              Symphony Hall

5 April             Woking                       New Victoria Theatre

8 April             Southsea                     Kings Theatre

9 April             Torquay                       Princess Theatre

10 April           Bournemouth            Pavilion Theatre

11 April           Stoke On Trent          Regent Theatre

12 April           Milton Keynes           Theatre

13 April           Swansea                      Grand Theatre

15 April           Watford                       Coliseum

16 April           Crawley                       The Hawth

17 April           Wolverhampton       Grand Theatre

18 April           Nottingham               Royal Concert Hall

19 April           Gateshead                  The Sage

20 April           Aberdeen                    Music Hall

21 April           Glasgow                      Royal Concert Hall

22 April           Edinburgh                  Playhouse Theatre

23 April           Hull                              City Hall

25 April           Folkestone                  Leas Cliffs Hall

26 April           Eastbourne                 Congress Theatre


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