British Invasion

The arrival of the Beatles in the U.S. in 1964 marked the start of the British Invasion.

The British Invasion was a cultural phenomenon of the mid-1960s when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom[1] and other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States and significant to rising "counterculture" on both sides of the Atlantic.[2] Pop and rock groups such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks,[3] the Dave Clark Five,[4], Herman's Hermits, and the Animals were at the forefront of the "invasion."[5]


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,[6] with its do it yourself attitude, was the starting point of several British Billboard singles.[7][8]

Young British groups started to combine various British and American styles in different parts of the U.K., such as the 1962 movement in Liverpool known as Merseybeat or the "beat boom".[9][10][11][12] That same year featured three instrumentals, each from an act with British roots, to reach the Hot 100's summit.[13] This included 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.[citation needed] All were preceded by British jazz musician Kenny Ball peaking at #2 on 17 March 1962 on the Hot 100 with the instrumental "Midnight in Moscow".

Some observers have noted that US teenagers were growing tired of singles-oriented pop acts like Fabian.[14] The Mods and Rockers, two youth "gangs" in mid-1960s Britain, also had an impact in British Invasion music. Bands with a Mod aesthetic became the most popular, but bands able to balance both (e.g. the Beatles) were also successful.[15]

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