British Invasion

Animals, The

Alan Price started out as a northern British bluesman, playing with a combo of Hilton Valentine, Bryan 'Chas' Chandler and John Steel on the Newcastle club circuit. Price played a mean set of keyboards and had a soul-tinged voice that was sexy but lacked the ferocity to cover the grubbier end of rock. However, in(...)

Beatles, The

Beatles, The

So it goes like this . . . 15-year-old Paul McCartney hears a Skiffle group called The Quarrymen play on Saturday 6 July 1957. Along with a police dog display and the crowning of a Rose Queen, The Quarrymen are one of the attractions at a garden fete of St Peter's, the parish church of Woolton in Liverpool. The(...)

Dave Clark Five, The

Originally a backing group for north London singer Stan Saxon, the Five originally comprised Dave Clark on drums and vocals, backed by various musicians, including bassist Chris Wells and guitarist Mick Ryan. After splitting from Saxon, the Five established their own identity. The evolving line-up eventually featured Mike Smith, Rick Huxley, Lenny Davidson and Denis(...)

Herman’s Hermits

Herman's Hermits were one of the most interesting of the original wave of British Invasion groups. Unlike The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Hermits didn't threaten authority figures with a longhaired look and loud guitar rock. In fact, they were a pleasant, polite group of chaps who sang pleasant music hall-styled ditties that people of all ages could enjoy. In(...)

Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann (born Manfred Lubowitz in South Africa in 1940) formed a group in Britain in 1963 called The Manne-Hugg Blues Brothers. Shortening their name to simply 'Manfred Mann' they made the charts early in 1964 with their third single 5-4-3-2-1, which was adopted as the theme tune to the TV music programme Ready, Steady, Go!. The group(...)

Peter & Gordon

Peter Asher (brother of English actress Jane Asher) and Gordon Waller met in 1959 when they were pupils at London's famous Westminster School. As a singing duo strumming acoustic guitars, they topped the UK chart first time out in 1964, courtesy of one Paul McCartney who was dating Peter's sister, Jane, at the time. When he presented them(...)