We can’t talk about rock n’ roll music of the sixties without mentioning the British Invasion. Between 1964 through 1967 there was such an influx of rock n’ roll and pop performers coming to America from the United Kingdom that the news media referred this time as the British Invasion.
Probably the biggest raid of the invasion was The Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in February of 1964 and the emergence of Jimi Hendrixk, an American born performer, who’s first successes came in the UK.
The Beatles’ number one hit “I Want To Hold Your Hand” which debuted on Billboard’s Top 100 on January 18, 1964 and rose to number 1 on February 1, 1964, is often earmarked as the beginning of the British Invasion.
Other noted acts that followed were The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, The Who, The Yardbirds, Cream, Donovan, The Spencer Davis Group and The Dave Clark Five among others. With this influx of musical talent and growing popularity the British Invasion had an impact on the movie and television industries in this country.
It should be noted that this period between 1964 and 1967 today is known as the “first” British Invasion. The so-called second invasion was between the early- to mid-1980’s. Although the second invasion was rich in talent, this writer feels that the invasion of the Sixties had a much larger impact and influence on music than the later.