- The Dakotas (band)
The Dakotas is a group of
British invasion musicians, which initially convened as a backing bandin Manchester, England. However, they are most closely associated with the singer Billy J. Kramer, a Liverpudlianwho was the lead vocalist for the group during the 1960s.
The group is perhaps best known for their
instrumentalversion of "The Cruel Sea", a composition of Mike Maxfield, the group's lead guitarist. The track was re-titled "The Cruel Surf" in the U.S., and was subsequently covered by The Ventures.
This was followed by a
George Martincreation, "Magic Carpet", evoking a dreamy atmosphere with a subtle echo laden piano, playing the melodyalongside Maxfield's guitar. But it missed out altogether and it was a year before their next release. All four tracks appeared on a EP later that year.
The Dakotas re-formed in the late 1980s and recruited vocalist Eddie Mooney and
session musicianToni Baker. After original drummer Tony Mansfield left to pursue a career in finance, and Mike Maxfield suffered a stroke- the present day added members added are drummer Pete Hilton and guitarist Alan Clare. In recent years, the band has appeared on several nostalgia 1960s package tours in their own right, as well as backing artists such as Peter Nooneof Herman's Hermits, Wayne Fontana and John Walker of the Walker Brothers. In 2004, The Dakotas worked with British comedian Peter Kayon hit TV series " Phoenix Nights", and " Max and Paddy". Toni Baker co-wrote all the music with Peter Kay.
In December 2007, Mooney was invited to front
The Fortuneswhose lead singer, Rod Allen had died after a sudden illness. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7183281.stm BBC.co.uk - website news - accessed January 2008] ] This led to him joining the band full time and the Dakotas now have a new frontman/bass player in Paul Rafferty.
The Dakotas still tour and record to this day.
* Mike Maxfield (born Michael Maxfield,
23 February 1944, Manchester) - Lead Guitarist
* Tony Mansfield (born Tony Bookbinder,
28 May 1943, Salford, Lancashire) - Drummer
* Robin MacDonald (born
18 July 1943, Nairn, Scotland) - Rhythm Guitarist / Bassist(from July 1964 onwards)
* Ray Jones (born Raymond Jones,
22 October 1939, Oldham, Lancashire - died 20 January 2000) - Bassist (up to July 1964)
* Tony Mansfield (Tony Bookbinder) is the brother of the British vocalist,
Elkie Brooks(Elaine Bookbinder).
* Eddie Mooney appeared on
PBStelevision in the U.S. as a member of the The Walker Brothers.
* [http://www.thedakotas.co.uk/ Official site] "(alternate page [http://www.hoscar.demon.co.uk/] )"
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* [http://www.myspace/thedakotas The Dakotas on Myspace]
* [http://www.zoneextra.co.uk/ The Zone Online Magazine] Featuring An Interview with Toni Baker of The Dakotas
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