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The 1960s British Invasion

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli British artists and how they came to America The 1960s British Invasion About the 1960s Music In the 1950s, British youth were enthralled with the rock and roll music from the Americans. Whenever they tried to recreate it, though, they completely failed. It wasn't until they revived and became influenced by a type of music called skiffle that they began to have more success. Skiffle blends the sounds of folk, country and jazz music.

When the Beatles came to America in 1964, the amount of excitement surrounding them was surreal. Also the start of the James Bond series helped promote the craze for all things British. The British Musical Influence The influence from British music on the Americans in the 1960s was immense. Initially when British songs were released in America, they amounted to nothing. After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the whole country went into mourning. This gave the British, with their upbeat songs, more of an opportunity to become noticed.

Once the music became more popular, the Americans started to look toward the British for clothing, hair and other choices. One popular hairstyle came from the Beatles and that was the "mop-top" hairstyle. The Who The Who was a four part male British band. They reached their peak in the mid to late 1960s. Some of their hit songs included Happy Jack and I Cans See for Miles. The Who also became well known for their outrageous performances which usually included the destruction of instruments. The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones were also an all male British band. It consisted of five members including lead vocalist and founding member Mick Jagger. The group was formed in London, 1962 and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012. Some of their hits include (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, The Last Time and Aftermath. The Beatles Many say that the British Invasion wouldn't have been possible without the Beatles. Whether or not this is true, they were extremely popular and influential. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr made up this band. As the Beatles' fame grew, they were nicknamed "The Fab Four". They released multiple best-selling albums and became famous all over the globe. The band broke up in 1970. Some of their best known songs are Yellow Submarine, Hey Jude and Let It Be. The Beach Boys The Beach Boys were the only American band to recreate the British sound successfully. The five men were nicknamed "America's Band". Once they were fully seen as competitors to the Beatles, they had difficulty gaining more popularity. Some of their hits include Wouldn't It Be Nice and Good Vibrations. Without the British Invasion in the 1960s, music today may have been very different. The Invasion helped open America up to a whole new area of talented artists and cement the rock and roll genre. The British Invasion lives on in nearly every genre today. The End
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