American Bands ...

Everly BrothersThe Everly brothers, Phil, left and Don.

.....and the American Music scene 

American Bands and the The U.S. music scene before Beatle Mania hit was very much a hangover from the 50's. The big artists were crooners like Frankie Avalon, Bobby Vee and Gene Pitney. The fledgling rock scene was not encouraged by the adults at the time.                                     Elvis, followed by Ricky Nelson and their sideburns were a threat to youths decency.                                                         

 Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Little Richard threw some ray of hope on the U.S. scene. Johnnie Ray was a great and original singer, Frankie Laine a bit more lame, with Perry Como sending most to sleep.

By the late 60's even Elvis, out of the army, donned a cardigan and sang about "One Broken Heart" and "Return to Sender". He had swapped rock for a rocking chair.

However, all that was about to change, with new exciting American Bands about to break onto the scene.

American Bands Pre Beatles

Beach BoysThe early Beachboys days, promoting the beach, surfing and fun.

The Beach Boys

 The everlasting American Band The Beach Boys kicked off in 1961 their first disc "Surfin" reached number 75 in the U.S. charts. The Beach Boys are one of the few American Bands to survive the English Invasion. Their album  "Pet Sounds" was recorded in 1966, pre dating, and strongly influencing The Beatles "Sgt,.Peppers".

Roy Orbison.Roy Orbison, with his trademark dark glasses ant slick back hair.

Roy Orbison

Another artist to survive the invasion was Roy Orbison , surviving on great songwriting and spectacular vocals. Roy not only survived Beatlemania, he later joined one of the Beatles, George, in the Travelling Wilburys. He wrote "Claudette" for the Everly Brothers, a hit for them in 1957 

The Everly Brothers brothers early image.The Everly Brothers, an early publicity shot for "Claudette", with the trendy push back "Elvis" hairstyles.

The Everly Brothers

Of course, The Everly Brothers, had their first hit in 1957 with "Bye Bye Love". I well remember listening to the "TAA Hit Parade " here in Adelaide, and the song "Bird Dog" was announced as debuting on the chart at No. 1! My father said, "This should be really something!" But he was not impressed. I was !And the Everly Brothers evntually adopted Beatle haircuts and continued well after Beatlemania.

The Everly Brothers continue to sell records today.

Chuck Berry, the man and his guitar.The very groovy Chuck Berry, early in his career with his Gibson ES 350-T, "Maybellene"

 ........and then of course, there was.....

Chuck Berry!

It took a while for Chuck Berry to get played down here in Adelaide. His hit "Johnnie B. Goode" was covered by a local band The Penny Rockets. Again, it was a school friend who introduced me to Chuck, but it was still a while before our radio stations played him.
I remember one DJ, I think it was Chas Lumsden, (Big "C "little "h a s" was how he introduced himself) stated that his next release would be himself!  Chuck, of course, was spending time locked up for "crimes against the Mann act".
Chuck Berry, is probably the biggest music influence of the pre -Beatles era.

The Ventures, one of the biggest influences on young musicians, they lasted long after The British Invasion and survives to this day!

The great Dionne Warrick,  singer, actress, television host, and former Goodwill Ambassador for the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. She ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers between 1955 and 1999, based on her chart history on Billboard's Hot 100 pop singles charts

Bill Haley, the first Rock 'n' Roll idol, was the also the first rock record I heard. It was the drum fill at the end of "Rock around the Clock" that got me into drumming.

For all you folk interested in the 50's 60's American Music and the Doo-Wop era, hop over to Vinyl Record Memories, a great insight into this golden age of vinyl records

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