Fab Songs From The British Invasion
This invasion of music had the US laying out the welcome mat
The British Invasion started when CBS did a report on Beatlemania in Britain. Someone wrote to a radio station and asked why they couldn’t have that kind of music in America. The record I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND was released and the rest is history. The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 and that really got the British Invasion going. The invasion lasted until the year 1967.
What are some of the best songs from The British Invasion?
The Beatles were the most successful group from the Invasion with twenty one number one hits to their name. One of their early number one hits was SHE LOVES YOU. A song with a hook and the yeah, yeah, yeah, really gets into your head. It is a great upbeat number.
Freddy and the Dreamers were a group from Manchester, England their greatest song was I’M TELLING YOU NOW. It is catchy tune about a guy professing his love to his girlfriend. The singer would perform the songs while kicking out his legs and waving his arms. It was strange, but endearing.
Dusty Springfield had a hit with the song WISHIN AND HOPIN it was is Burt Bacharach and Hal David song. The lyrics are a bit dated today. She sings if you want to get a guy you have to do things he likes to do. Wear your hair just for him etc. The good points about the song are it is written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and it is sung by Dusty. She had the blue eyed soul sound with great tone to her voice. Dusty sang with great emotion and she gave every song her all. She was a wonderful singer.
The Rolling Stones were a rougher version of The Beatles. They had more of a rock and blues sound. They are the most successful of the British Invasion bands and are still together today. In the time of the British Invasion they had plenty of hits, but their most popular one had to be SATISFACTION. The song starts out hooking the listener with it relentless beat and the driving guitar. Poor Mick is having trouble finding a love and he upset about those advertisements that try and make a product cool to have. It sounded like Mick was having a bad day, but he turned into gold by writing this song.
The Dave Clark Five were a lot like the Beatles with the type of songs they produced in this era and how successful they were. The best song from this group would have to be GLAD ALL OVER. This song grooves and lets the listen know that the guy in this song is in love and how special it makes him feel. Any girl would like to know she has affected a guy that way. The song moves along and has a great vocal performance with the emotion in the singer’s voice. You believe he really is in love.
Petula Clark had many hits in the British Invasion days, but her best would have to be DOWNTOWN. This song was all over the radio in 1964 and as a child I remember hearing it played on the car radio. It is a song that invites you to forget all your troubles and go downtown. It was written about a song writer’s time in New York City, but this song could be applied to any city which makes it dear to the listener. I love the gentle way the song begins with just a piano and then Petula steps in with her strong vocals. This song deserved its hit status. The piano, the vocals, the horns blend together to make a memorable song.
The Seekers were a pop and folk group from Australia. Their best song from the British Invasion time has to be I’LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU. The folk sound gives this song its charm. There is the prominent guitar picking, a strong vocal performance by lead singer Judith Durham, and great harmonies by her band mates. The song is about lasting love and how there will never be another love like the one she has found. Hopefully everyone will know this kind of love.
The Mindbenders fronted by Wayne Fontana came from the city of Manchester, England. The song that really puts them on the map of the British Invasion is THE GAME OF LOVE. The song starts off with the drum and cymbal beat that then has the guitar joining in. It is a song with a smooth groove and the singer is trying to convince his girl to play the game of love which started with Adam and Eve.
The Hollies were from Manchester, England also. They were known for their harmonies, and their pop and rock sound. The song that made them famous in the Invasion was a tune called BUS STOP. It is a love story told in a song about a guy and a girl at a bus stop every day and how they got to know each other. It began to rain and the guy shared his umbrella it led to be a beautiful relationship. The song shows that love can start anywhere.
The Zombies were formed in Hertfordshire, England in 1961, but America discovered them in 1965. Their best song of the British Invasion has to be SHE’S NOT THERE. This is the beginning of psychedelic music and it has a jazzy, classical sound to it also. This song is about a love gone wrong. The singer is no longer interested in his love because of her lies so to him she is no longer there. This song seems to have to have paved the way for The Doors who came onto the charts a few years later.
The Yardbirds had three of the best rock guitarists in its group. They were Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. They began with a blues sound, and then went into rock, and pop. In the song FOR YOUR LOVE the singer is promising the girl anything to get to know her better. “I’d bring you diamond rings, and things right to your door.” He sounds like a player better be on your guard girl. The song has the drum beats, the bongo and great guitar sounds. This song has a lot of sounds going through it and it is like an amusement park for your ears. The song is ahead of its time.
The Animals were formed in New Castle, England in 1964. They had a bluesy sound and gritty vocals by lead singer Eric Burden. Their best song from the British Invasion would have to be HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN. The songs beginnings with the electric guitar and bass grooving together, then the electric organ joins in and the best part of all is the singing of Eric Burden. He conveys the misery of a life gone wrong in New Orleans very convincingly. It is a memorable song.
The British Invasion introduced America to some very talented groups and singers. In this case the invasion was most welcome. Thank you England for giving us some very well crafted songs. America appreciates it.