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For this assignment I chose to
discuss the British Invasion in regard to The Beatles. The British Invasion music
began in the early 1960’s. 1  The Beatles were a rock and pop music group.
John Lennon was the guitarist and vocalist, Paul McCartney played the bass and
was a vocalist, Pete Best played the drums until he was replaced by Ringo Star
who played the drums, and was a percussionist and a vocalist, George Harrison
played guitar and was a vocalist and Stuart Sutcliffe played bass before
McCartney took over. The British Invasion was a time where rock music artists
and bands from the United Kingdom became popular music sensations in the United
States.

The British
Invasion consisted of multiple bands including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones,
Dave Clark Five, and several others. The British Invasion consisted of music
played by English bands, mostly boy bands. This consisted of a combination of
American and British music styles. The British Invasion combined music from
American rock and roll, pop and blues.2  The instruments used in the British Invasion
music were those similar to rock and roll: bass, guitar, piano, sitar,
harmonica, maracas, clavichord, and tambourine. The Beatles used technology in
their recording by using electronic experimentation. They also used an
artificial double tracking system, reversed tape sounds, special effects added
to recordings, tape loops, vari-speeding, and several other recording
techniques.        

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            One
of the historical factors that played a role in the development of the British
Invasion was life in the United Kingdom in the 1950’s. The U.K. was rebuilding
after the impact of World War II, their economy was poor and they had fixed
class divisions. Social factors that influenced the British Invasion included Liverpool
becoming the place for jobs and if you didn’t have a job, you had the time to
play music. Media, love, style and drugs were also a few other social factors
that played a big influence in the development of the British Invasion. The
Beatles had a lot of political involvement within their song lyrics. They
included songs about anti-materialism, spiritual enlightenment, anti-war, and
social isolationism. 

            One
of the most important and influential bands that came out of The British
Invasion was The Beatles.  The Beatles
first started out in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. The Beatles covered hits
from other artists such as Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and others. The
first hit song The Beatles recorded was “Love Me Do” in 1962. The Beatles
released their first U.K. album in 1963 titled, “Please Please Me.” This album
had three hit songs: “Please Please Me”, “She Loves Me”, and “From Me to You.”
The Beatles came to the U.S. and were aired on the Ed Sullivan Show in February
of 1964. In the U.S. The Beatles became a sensation called Beattlemania! The
Beatles had thirty Top 40 Hits from 1962 to 1966. Some of their top hits were “She
Loves You,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Hard Days Night” and several others. The
Beatles went on to record numerous albums, including: “A Hard Day’s Night,”
“Abbey Road,” “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Let It Be” and “Revolver” which is said
to have been the crucial changing point in rock and roll.  

            Overall,
the British Invasion brought a lot of great music to the United States
including music from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and many other bands. The
Beatles became a hit sensation here in the United States and had several hit
songs and albums that held numerous spots on the Top 40 Hits, Billboard Charts,
Rolling Stone’s Top 500 List and others. Although the music from the British
Invasion is not as popular as it once was, it will always be an important piece
to the history of rock and roll.                                     

1
The American Invasion (late 40’s and early 50’s) is what initially started the
British Invasion. The British Invasion is said, “to be one of the most
influential eras of music history.” See more information regarding the British
Invasion at:

https://musicedmasters.kent.edu/americas-music-history-the-british-invasion/.

2
See: https://www.allmusic.com/subgenre/british-invasion-ma0000002484
for more information on the musical influences of the British Invasion. 

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