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George Martin: 20 Great Non-Beatles Productions

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Billy J. Kramer With the Dakotas, "Bad to Me" (1963)

While the Beatles were still on the first leg of world domination in 1963, John Lennon wasn't averse to giving away – or selling, anyway – good songs to others. He kept it in the family with his friend Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas' "Bad to Me." Penned by Lennon (who suggested Kramer add the "J." to his professional name), the song bears all the hallmarks of an early Beatles classic, from the skipping beat to the lilting guitar hook. Martin gave the song an uncannily Beatles-esque air: lovelorn, wistful and gently jangling. It became a hit on both side of the Atlantic, another feather in the producer's burgeoning cap. J.H.

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