Album: Best of Billy J. Kramer (1963)
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  • 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
    Writer/s: JOHN WINSTON LENNON, PAUL MCCARTNEY
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
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Comments: 7

  • Bob from KansasJohn Lennon's demo is on YouTube. BTW, when I was playing this at home, my wife said that it sounded just like This Diamond Ring by Gary Lewis and the Playboys. It does have great similarities in parts in terms of the chord progression and melody. I wonder which one was written first.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 7th 1964, Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas performed "Bad To Me" on the CBS-TV* program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    At the time the song was at #26 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; two weeks later on June 21st it would peak at #9 {for 2 weeks}...
    Exactly one and twenty days later on June 27th, 1965 the quintet would be back on the 'Sullivan' show performing the song for a second time...
    {See 2nd post below}...
    * This was the group's national debut on TV in the U.S.A.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 11th 1964, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas performed "I Call Your Name" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
    Fifteen months earlier on August 22nd, 1963 the group's version of "Bad To Me"* peaked at #1 {for 3 weeks} in the United Kingdom; the record's B-side was "I Call Your Name"...
    R.I.P John, George, and Jimmy O’Neill {Shindig’s host} 1940 -2013…
    * John Lennon co-composed the record that replaced it at #1, "She Loves You" by 'you know who'.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 27th 1965, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas performed "Bad To Me" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    One year earlier on May 24th, 1964 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #71; and on June 21st, 1964 it peaked at #9 (for 2 weeks) and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
    Exactly two years earlier on June 27th, 1963 the quintet recorded the song; and on August 24th, 1963 it reached #1 (for 2 weeks) on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
    On the same 'Sullivan' show the group also sang 'From A Window"; it peaked at #23 on the Top 100 chart...
    Mr. Kramer, born William Howard Ashton, will celebrate his 71st birthday in two months on August 19th, 2014.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyWhen 'Bad To Me' was released in the U.S. the flip side was called 'Little Children'. According to Billboard 'Little Children' peaked at #7 while 'Bad To Me' peaked at #9!!!
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaZabadak, don't forget Paul's "Come and Get It" for Badfinger. "Bad To Me" is a very nice little song!
  • Zabadak from London, EnglandOne of a few Bealtes-written songs to be "covered" by other artists, without the fabs releasing their own versions. Others include "World Without Love" for Peter & Gordon and Cilla Black's "Step Inside Love". Both were written by Paul.
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