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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Battling the British Invasion: Mr Tambourine Man and the fight for American pop independence

Fifty years ago, in the first half of 1965, the British invasion was officially under way – at least, in music.
It seemed like all the biggest hits on the American pop charts came from British bands. Ever since The Beatles' pivotal first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in February 1964, the American shores had been flooded by a steady stream of English bands with matching suits, moptop haircuts, endearing accents and catchy tunes.
The UK acts didn’t completely eclipse the Americans during the height of the moptop mania. The Supremes, for instance, had hit the top of the US charts with five consecutive singles by the summer of 1965, and the Righteous Brothers' You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin' topped the charts in early 1965.
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