SOC 2700 Chapter Notes - Chapter 5: Keith Relf, Blues Incorporated, John Mayall

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Music- 151-187
- In the music- stylistic space between these opposing poles were girl-group
music, rockabilly, surf music, and sweet soul
- All these styles seemed to be competing to be the next big thing in rock and
roll following the overwhelming popularity of rock’s first wave with teen
listeners, musicians and businesspeople were hoping to duplicate the
enormous success of Elvis Presley
- On February 9th, 9, the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan’s Sunday evening
variety show, just as Elvis Presley had done eight years earlier in 1956
- The story of the British invasion is therefore not one but rather two
interdependent stories: the first is a chronicle of British pop before 1964 and
British musicians fascination with American pop, country, jazz, folk and
rhythm and blues; the secound is an account of how British music strongly
affected American pop after the arrival of the Beatles
British Pop In the Late 9’s and Early 9s
- A comparison of the pop hits in Britain during the late 1950s and early 1960s
with those in the United States reveals that many of the same records
performed in many cases by white American artists were popular in both
countries
- British artists were far more likely to achieve success at home than in the
States with occasional exceptions
- Britain had four major record labels EMI, Decca, Pye, and Phillips and two
radio stations the BBC and Radio Luxembourg
- While rock and roll records that appeared on the American pop charts were
mostly available in stores, rhythm and blues was much more difficult to find
as was country and western music
- Movies became an important resource for young people interested in rock
and roll; films made to capitalize on the first wave that featured
performances and Elvis films were very popular
The Beatles as Students of American Pop
- The Beatles formed in Liverpool in 1957, playing as a skiffle band and calling
themselves the Quarry Men, then moving on to rock and roll as the
popularity of skiffle waned
- Larry Panes didn’t sign them but them as a feature act, not to use the group
to support one of his singers on a brief tour of Scotland
Beatlemania
- The British press coined the term beatlemania to describe the tremendous
excitement created among fans at the band’s live performances
- The groups breakthrough in Britain occurred in mid- October when they
performed on Sunday Night at the London Palladium a national television
broadcast similar to Ed Sullivan’s show
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In the music- stylistic space between these opposing poles were girl-group music, rockabilly, surf music, and sweet soul. All these styles seemed to be competing to be the next (cid:498)big thing(cid:499) in rock and roll following the overwhelming popularity of rock"s first wave with teen. The story of the british invasion is therefore not one but rather two interdependent stories: the first is a chronicle of british pop before 1964 and. British musicians fascination with american pop, country, jazz, folk and rhythm and blues; the secound is an account of how british music strongly affected american pop after the arrival of the beatles. British pop in the late (cid:883)9(cid:887)(cid:882)"s and early (cid:883)9(cid:888)(cid:882)s. British artists were far more likely to achieve success at home than in the. Britain had four major record labels emi, decca, pye, and phillips and two radio stations the bbc and radio luxembourg.

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