The Thursday Ten: British Invasion artists


This is not just a Thursday Ten; this is a preview of coming attractions.

I was almost 8 when The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and it seemed that overnight everyone became a little Beatle-crazy. Little did we know that the Fab Four were just the start of something bigger and more all-encompassing, the takeover of radio station surveys all across the US by acts from England, all but pushing the American acts off the charts.

I was brainstorming ideas for future Two for Tuesdays, and realized that, while I’ve featured The Beatles and The Who on 2fT, there was a veritable plethora of bands and artists that made up the British Invasion, and I had barely scratched the surface. I found a list of them on Wikipedia, and, well, I decided that would be my next series on 2fT, starting next week.

So, here’s a sample of what you’ll be hearing:

  1. Herman’s Hermits

  2. Peter & Gordon

  3. Dusty Springfield

  4. Chad & Jeremy

  5. Gerry and the Pacemakers

  6. Dave Clark Five

  7. The Honeycombs

  8. The Vogues

  9. Lulu

  10. Freddie and the Dreamers

So that’s your Thursday Ten for this week, a preview of Two for Tuesdays for the next few weeks. Hope to see you there!

7 thoughts on “The Thursday Ten: British Invasion artists

  1. All wonderful artists. One of my best friends in Tennessee was a guitar player who looked a bit like Freddie of the Dreamers and we began calling him that. He liked it a lot better than his given name of Gale that most people had called him prior to that. The name Fred stuck with him until he passed away in 1995. For a good many of his friends that’s the only name they ever knew him by.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out


    1. It’s not that uncommon that people go by names other than their given name. I knew a lot of guys that went by their middle name; I’d see something about them in an alumni newsletter, and it would take a minute to associate the actual name with the guy we always called something else.


  2. I love Herman’s Hermits, and this song is one of my favorites. I’ve always felt like Dave Clark Five sounded a lot like the Beatles.

    I like some of these songs, and others I don’t. Some are a little too “sappy”. LOL. I’ve never liked “Ferry Cross the Mersey”. But my very favorite on this list is “To Sir With Love”. I’ve always loved that song so much. I’m going back for a second listen right now.


    1. There are some songs like that; they stay with you, and when you hear them you just want to hear them again. I’m looking to dredge up some really obscure ones when I do these. And not every song is a winner….


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