British Invasion

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Rex, David Bowie, Petula Clark, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Rod Stewart, Led Zeppelin, and many more all invaded the United States in 1964. Each of them armed only with their voices and instruments. These bands and artists formed what we call today the British Invasion. The "invasion" itself was a two-part movement. It began with the songs drifting over the airwaves catching the ear of every teen in America. Then the bands themselves started pouring in, lifting the spirits of teens and the wallets of parents.

The invasion was sparked in Liverpool, a small city within England. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison, (or The Beatles as most of us know them), came to the United States with hits such as Love Me Do, A Hard Day's Night, and Yesterday. Their upbeat rock tempos and British accents drove teenage girls crazy.

On February 7, 1964 they played their first show in the United States. It was this show in New York City that opened America's doors to British musical talent, which soon spread throughout the States like wild fire.

The start of the British Invasion created a new and more modern American Rock and Roll scene. American artists had to fight for a place on the charts, the public's affection, and their money. The irony of this is that The Beatles, (the start of the British Invasion), were inspired by an American musical artist, Buddy Holly. John Lennon and Paul McCartney spent their early teenage years listening to Buddy Holly's music and using his style to create their own personal flair.

Another band that was very prominent during the British Invasion were the Rolling Stones. Five young guys right out of London trying...