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The British Invasion

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The British Invasion is an era in the wave of rock and popular music that occurred in the 1960’s crossing over into America after the success of their Beatles band (Kelly, 1991). This group included the pop, rock & rolls and beat music performers who came from the United Kingdom and became extremely famous in U.S. in the mid nineteen sixties. Although most of the American bands sounded the same, the British Invasion bands played pop and blue-based rock music that dominated the charts in America as well as in the U.K. leading to the second wave of the British Invasion. By the end, of the 1960’s, most of their bands had stolen the lime light as icons of pop music but some did not survive the transition into the era of post-Sgt. Pepper ( Golden, Lebbon &Moore, 2008). However, British invasion had made the greatest impact on popular music through internationalizing pop music and opening up production and creativity in the same industry. The contributions tied to the British Invasion emerged from the music groups that relied on the unique American style for inspiration; hence this forms the basis of this paper that seeks to discuss the two schools, their bands songs and why this musical phenomenon came to America at that time.

The British invasion did not have schools instead it had groups that imitated the American popular music characterized by two classes of music (the pop-rock and the blue-based rock music) and led to new versions of the pop rock music. The pop-rock music that characterized the British Invasion dealt more with the sound and instrumentation, stressing on song context. One of the most common band that went applied this class of music included the Gerry & the Pacemakers; though the fans ignored their existence compared to the popularity of the Beatles Pepper ( Golden, Lebbon &Moore, 2008). They played pop music with a light tune effect influenced by the guitar instrument and the Marsden’s vocals that had a chipping edge to them. This band applied this acumen style in their pop music that brought out the poppy base and upbeat of the pop music played. They reached the charts with their catchy “Ferry Cross the Mersey” and “I Like It”, songs; that had a classic feeling, bouncy and innocuous touch. The band, which started its work in the 1950’s and later played in rivalry with the Beatles group, which had almost similar circuit as the Beatles that which influenced the release of the other common song the “Mersey Beat.” Despite the poppiness of their first song “How Do You Do It”, they still went ahead and produced it as their first single under George Martin, the producer in 1963.

The other class of the British Invasion involved the blue-rock music that had a characteristic R&B and beat aspects that most second wave British Invasion bands picked they inspiration from; using it directly to influence the American pop music industry. One of the common bands that utilized this class of music included the Yardstick and the Rolling Stones that adopted the amplified sound of the electric guitars and incorporated it with their slow, rocking blues. The major band under this category known as the Blues Incorporated inspired the present British Blues Boom figures; that comprised of the former members of the Rolling Stones and The Cream. The band merged the instrumental forms of rock music with the top class blues standards leading to the release of one of their leading blues-rock single “Blues Breakers.” The pioneer of the blues-rock music took off strongly in the 1960s and became the famous style imitated by most of the British blues artists; wh.............


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