Abo the Blogster writes on the “British Invasion Influence on Music Students

November 24, 2014

   Abo the Blogster writes on the “British Invasion Influence on Music Students


When you think of the British Invasion, what do you think of? Redcoats? King George? Taxation Without Representation? Well, you’re not completely off. There was a George, who wore a coat of different color Peppers, writing about a Taxman coming to get your taxes. This is all started in 1964, not 1764. It really started out with The Beatles. Shortly to follow, we had Stones that could Roll, Who didn’t want to get Creamed. The Rolling Stones, the Who, and Cream were some of the other bands to follow the Beatles in the (musical) British Invasion of America.

The Beatles really started out in 1957 as the Quarrymen, but in 1962 they hit the British charts with “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” On February 9th, 1964 they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. From that point forward, they soared. The Beatles went on to record 12 unbelievable albums, resetting the bar after each one was released. Did you know that Twist and Shout (Please Please Me) is one of the most popular songs that music students play? It is very easy for them to learn and is very fun for them to play, especially on the guitar. The height of their success came with the release of the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, considered by many the greatest album to ever be recorded.

The Beatles weren’t the only to invade us with their music. The Rolling Stones also have left us with  los of memorable and great music. Songs like “Satisfaction” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” are considered some of the top songs of all time. The combination of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards has really left its mark on music. They have been together for over 50 years! Can you imagine that? 50 years in the music business and they are still are performing around the world. When the Beatles broke up in the spring of 1970,the Stones really took over as the “Best Band” at the time.

I remember when I took guitar lessons as a teenager; “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream was one of the first songs I learned. It is a very popular song to learn on the guitar. As many people know, Eric Clapton went on to become one of the greatest guitarists of all time. During the 1960’s, Cream created some memorable music like “Strange Brew” and “White Room.”

There are so many musicians today that give credit to the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Cream to the way they play music. Do you think we’d have a band like the Foo Fighters without the British Invasion? Some of them are still around, like the Rolling Stones and The Who. Some are playing solo like Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.  Let’s give credit where credit is due. Maybe we didn’t want to be under British Rule over 240 years ago, but  50 years ago it wasn’t so bad!!



List of Top 10 most popular British Invasion songs requested by music students:
Twist and Shout
Wild Thing
Sunshine of Your Love
Day Tripper
When I’m 64
Let it Be
Hey Jude
Ob-La-Di Ob-la-Da
Stairway to Heaven