Feeling nostalgic today and thinking about the British Invasion when we finally heard music from outside North America and what a treat it was. Now I realize that the Beatles and the Rolling Stones are the best known of the groups back then but one of my favourite bands was the Dave Clark Five which I stenciled onto the back of a sweater to promote my love of them as a teenager. Good times back then and still enjoyable today.
Though the Zombies are more likely known for their big single “She’s Not There” which is very much deserved I’ve always liked this song. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio this year.
Another great group with many songs that I like especially “Don’t Let the Sun Catch you Crying” and “I’ll be There” but this one stands out for me.
While the Beatles kick-started the British Invasion causing mass hysteria in teenaged girls who cried and fainted and yelled and screamed sometimes drowning out their music, there were many bands who came after them like:
Herman’s Hermits – The Animals (also one of my favourite groups) – Yardbirds – The Hollies – The Kinks – Freddie and the Dreamers – The Searchers – The Who – Chad and Jeremy – The Small Faces – The Tremeloes – Procol Harum – and many more!
They helped shape my love of music – Motown, Rockabilly, the Blues, Rock and Roll, Jazz, World Music, alternative, Cajun and on and on. What would this world be like without music – I shudder at the thought! There are songs that I hear that take me right back to a certain place and time and feeling as if it just happened. I hope you enjoy this small sample of the British Invasion!