EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Bad To Me’ – Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas

What was the number one song in the UK on 22nd August 1963?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

English singer and band Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas were number one for 3 weeks with Bad To Me.

The first thing that struck me about this song was how much it sounded like the Beatles and a quick search tells me it was indeed written by Lennon & McCartney. Coincidentally (or not), Billy & The Dakotas were also managed by the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein. It’s a great, upbeat song very much in the style of early-Beatles.


If you ever leave me I’ll be sad and blue
Don’t you ever leave me, I’m so in love with you
The birds in the sky would be sad and lonely
If they knew that I’d lost my one and only
They’d be sad, don’t be bad to me
The leaves on the trees would be softly sighin
If they heard from the breeze that you left me cryin’
They’d be sad, don’t be bad to me
But I know you won’t leave me ‘cos you told me so
And I’ve no intention of letting you go
Just as long as you let me know you won’t be bad to me
So the birds in the sky won’t be sad and lonely
‘Cause they know that I got my one and only
They’ll be glad you’re not bad to me

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