The American Rock Bands who were influenced by, and followed the British Invasion.
George Harrison once said, “The thing about the Beatles is, they saved the world from boredom.” In early 1964, Life magazine declared: "In 1776 England lost her American colonies. Last week the Beatles took them back."
Recalling the Beatles' sudden popularity, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys felt that the Beatles had "eclipsed the whole music world". Bob Dylan recalled that, by April 1964, "a definite line was being drawn. This was something that had never happened before ... I knew they were pointing the direction of where music had to go." The Beatles were a band that almost everyone, in the 960s, knew about. The Beatles took England by storm, and America shortly after. The Beatles positively impacted American music, and American Rock bands in particular with their unique style and sound.
Most of the American Rock bands, and artists at this time relied on the artistic ability of paid professionals to write their materiel. But the Beatles decided to do it themselves. They wanted to be able to express themselves, not anyone else. Their fans thrived on the energy of these four men. As well as their song writing, they had a very extensive variety of genres and songs. They had heartbreak songs, songs for troubled teens and loners. The lyrics were relatable, and the music felt like it was targeted at each individual for whatever they needed.
The band often confused parents with their style, and especially their hair. Their hair was long and grown out. The look that they created gave off a cocky or mocking vibe, not the conservative look of the time.
Despite the success the band had seen in the U.K. and Europe, the Beatles were not convinced an American tour was a good idea. They had seen many U. K. artists tour and fail, including Cliff Richard, who toured the U.S. 14th on the bill, supporting Frankie Avalon.
But Brian Epstein formalized a deal for the band to headline at Carnegie Hall, after” I Want To Hold Your Hand” went to No. 42 in its second week. It eventually went to Number 1 shortly after, and the two Carnegie Hall concerts attracted over 6,000 people each.
The Beatles influence on America and American Rock bands and its music is hard to fully establish. Things were changing in America at the time. A feeling of confidence with the Kennedy era. Music until then had been dominated by the very conservative Frankie Avalon, Bobby Vee, Paul Anka and Connie Francis, with the sworn enemy of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Mitch Miller.
Then, here was a loud, long haired group of kids who could really put on a show. The Beatles were the first band, followed by the Rolling Stones, to take the American Southern Black music back to the U.S.A., and not only made it popular, but made people aware of black sensibility and causes.
Although in the short term The Beatles arrival resulted in a drop in sales for the black artists so admired by the Invasion bands, eventually black music became more appreciated, and played more on US radio stations
Black music was now being played to a wider, and whiter, audience. As rock became the flavor of the day, the door was open to many American Rock bands.
And of course, the most obvious Beatles influence, the hair.
Slicked back Elvis style was out, long shaggy free flowing was in. The style was quickly followed by most American musicians, The Everly's, Roy Orbison, and The Beach Boys.
Black music was now being played to a wider, and whiter, audience. As rock became the flavor of the day, the door was open to many U.S. bands.
One of the first successful U.S. bands were The Byrds, with the George Harrison style Rickenbacker 12 sting ringing out, were one of the first, and best, to emerge.
And the good time jug band sound of the Lovin' Spoonful, capturing the brighter positive vibe of the times beautifully.
And, in 1968, four boys changed their name from the Golliwogs to something more interesting, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and went on to score 13 top 60 hits.
Then, in 1965, a blues band from Los Angeles hit scene with the classic "On The Road Again"....the high energy Canned Heat.
American Anthems, an album featuring American music both before and after Beatlemania. On this album are Elvis Presley, Journey, Boston, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane 20 tracks in all.
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