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Added 5th June 2007 by Tony/Longfella


Oasis (venue)

The Dakotas, house band at Manchester's legendary Oasis coffee bar (Lloyd St) backing Little Richard in 1964. "Manchester's most fab club for young people" opened in 1961 and hosted gigs by all the great names - many of whom were backed by the Dakotas.

Photo by Brian Smith, taken from Mojo 163, June 2007.

Interesting article including how the flamboyantly gay/bi Little Richard originally sang the words to Tutti Frutti as Tutti Frutti/good booty/ if it don't fit, don't force it/you can grease it/make it easy.

Latest Discussion

“Tony........Am I right in thinking that this is'nt the Dakotas that were in the charts but a band with the same name ?.Was there a member of the band called Pete Taylor ?.The bloke in the spotted shirt on the right bears a striking resemblance to some one I know who is rumored to have played with a band called the Dakotas in the 60's and everybody assumes it was the one with Billy J Kramer.”
“Hi Arnie This IS the band that recorded with BJK. No mention of your man in my newly-purchased 1958-65 Beat scene book posted on here against this venue or on the website at Another local Dakotas - a Comedy Western outfit - changed their name as these guys emerged.”
“Cheers Tony.....I'm off down Ashton for a few bevvies next week so if I see the bloke that I'm on about I'll ask him !!.”
“I was a member of the Dakotas from 1989 until 2007, working with legendary guitarist, Mike Maxfield of "The Cruel Sea" fame. There is a good in depth history of the band here:

Eddie Mooney”
08 Sep 2010
“I joined the Daks as kbd player same time as Eddie Money & stayed for about 5 years. Lots of tales to tell. Pete Mac.”
30 Oct 2011
“Hi Tony - I got this email recently: Hi,
a friend has directed me to your website, and a page from Mojo 163 June 2007 regarding DAKOTAS PRESS ARTICLE OASIS 1964.
The photo shows Little Richard at the OASIS CLUB, ostensibly being backed by The Dakotas. Unfortunately, this is the wrong information. The band behind Richard is The Bo Weevils (Jim Hollingsworth, Trevor Jones, Alan Forbes, and Terry Betts) and was taken on 3rd May 1964. The reason I know this is because I am the guy in the polka dot shirt. For photographic evidence see the Manchester Beat website, A-Z of groups, Bo Weevils.”
13 Oct 2016
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