The rebellious tone and image of US rock and roll and blues musicians became popular with British youth in the late 1950s. While early commercial attempts to replicate American rock and roll mostly failed, the trad jazz–inspired skiffle craze, with its 'do it yourself' attitude, was the starting point of several British Billboard singles.
Young British groups started to combine various British and American styles, in different parts of the U.K., such as a movement in Liverpool during 1962 in what became known as Merseybeat, hence the "beat boom". That same year featured the first three acts with British roots to reach the Hot 100's summit, including the Tornados' instrumental "Telstar", written and produced by Joe Meek, becoming the first record by a British group to reach number one on the US Hot 100.
Today we are showcasing those who are considered to be part of the British Invasion.
The Beatles - Don't Let Me Down
The Dave Clark Five - Because
The Kinks - Lola
Herman's Hermits - Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter
The Animals - Please Don´t Let Me Be Misunderstood
Be sure to check these songs out as well as other playlists. Do you have a favorite British Invasion band?