#FridayFive British Invasion

The British Invasion was a phenomenon that occurred in the mid-1960s when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom, as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States, and significant to the rising "counterculture" on both sides of the Atlantic.

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?

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  1. The British Invasion offered some fabulous tunes! ☺ I was living in Europe at the time and there was a "Youthquake" revolution going on, with London, England as its epicentre. Good times, great memories. Loved this post, Mary!

    1. Thanks, Debbie! I thought this would be a refreshing post after the battle. I hadn't heard of the Youthquake, but it makes a lot of sense.


  2. There were quite a few acts that came out of the Liverpool area besides The Beatles that I liked, such as Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, Gerry & The Pacemakers, and Cilla Black. I also liked Them, who were out of Northern Ireland, Peter & Gordon, Chad & Jeremy, Dusty Springfield... I did a whole series on The British Invasion on Two for Tuesday. The British Invasion was when I was just starting to find popular music.


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