All of a sudden, British bands were in demand!
As the Beatles continued their world domination, record companies, promoters and the buying public could not get enough of Britain's new music..
Of course, following the original British Invasion bands was not always an easy task. Some never quite made it out of the U.K. The Honeycombs came and went. They went on a long Asian tour, ensuring everyone back home had forgotten them by the time they returned. The Mojo's, The Merseybeat's the Fourmost, all really good bands did not break out of England. But a lot did tours of the U.S. and came back the better for it. So along came Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck Group, Badfinger, Sutherland Brothers, Kinks, Small Faces, and others. This is not a definitive study of the era. Just what music influenced me, from my experience as record rep, record shop owner, and music lover.
So, first, we will have a look at one of my real favorite British bands, Welsh actually, Badfinger.Not many British bands have had as promising a career end so tragically. Signed by Apple, helped along by Paul and George, they were badly ripped off by management and spiraled out of control. A great bad, and a tragic story.
Then all of a sudden, The Troggs, from absolutely out of nowhere, with Wild Thing! Wild thing was a simple, riff with great vocals, that one could not get out of your head. And, more great hits were to follow.
And THE mod band of the sixties, The Who arrived with the stunning "My Generation". They developed into one of the most consistwnt and prolific bands of the era, with Pete Townshend's unique writing skills. And, he gave us the first rock opera, on "A Quick One" and the "Tommy" album.