The Main reason I am writing this post is in response to an article minimizing the importance of the British Invasion. I am not going to mention the author’s name, but his main contention was that ‘only’ 3 influential bands came out of the British Invasion and that the rest have been relegated to nostalgia.
Let’s assume he is correct. I would say that getting 3 supergroups in a 4-year period is good. I do not, however, believe he is right. The British Invasion’s influence goes much further than the 3 aforementioned bands.
In the span of 4 years the British Invasion gave us 11 bands who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are:
- The Animals
- The Beatles
- The Dave Clark Five
- The Hollies
- The Kinks
- The Rolling Stones
- Small Faces
- Dusty Springfield
- The Who
- The Yardbirds
- (Personal opinion time) And the 12th should be The Moody Blues…come on Rock Hall!
Not a bad list. Although some have been played less than others as time goes by, any true rock fan understands their importance. It also gave us some wonderful secondary bands, pop gems, one-hit wonders, and a few guilty pleasures.
One more important point. The British Invasion was more than just the bands. It introduced America to music from Britain, opening up rock to the world, and proving the viability of rock as an international product. In all reality, the British Invasion has never really ended, with British acts charting continuously in the U.S. since the ‘Invasion’ ended in 1967.
The British Invasion was much more than 3 bands. It was a event, both musically and culturally, that changed American and international music forever.