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Tracks are listed in chronological order by year, then alphabetically.

Listings do not reflect proper order by month or day: later oft precedes earlier.

Not on this page? See history tree below.



Air Force    Ian Anderson    The Animals    Rod Argent    Brian Auger

Badfinger    Ginger Baker    Long John Baldry    Syd Barrett    The Beatles    Jeff Beck    The Bee Gees    Cliff Bennett    Pete Best    Cilla Black    Ritchie Blackmore    Blind Faith    The Bluesbreakers    Marc Bolan    David Bowie    Gary Brooker    Jack Bruce    Eric Burdon
John Cale    Chad & Jeremy    Eric Clapton    Jimmy Cliff    Climax Blues Band    Joe Cocker    Phil Collins    Cream
Roger Daltry    Dave Clark Five    Deep Purple    Donovan    The Dreamers    Julie Driscoll
The Easybeats    John Entwistle
The Faces    Fleetwood Mac    Wayne Fontana    Peter Frampton    Free
Peter Gabriel    Freddie Garrity    Genesis    Ian Gillan    Dave Gilmour    Gary Glitter    Roger Glover    Golden Earring
Jet Harris    George Harrison    Keef Hartley    Herman's Hermits    The Hollies    Humble Pie
Mick Jagger   Jethro Tull    Elton John    John Paul Jones
Pat Kelly   King Crimson    The Kinks
Ronnie Lane    Led Zeppelin    Alvin Lee    John Lennon    Jon Lord
Man    Manfred Mann    Bob Marley    Steve Marriott    Gerry Marsden    Dave Mason    Nick Mason    John Mayall    Paul McCartney    Ian McLagan    The Mindbenders    Moody Blues    Keith Moon    Gary Moore    Van Morrison    Mott the Hoople    The Move
Yoko Ono
The Pacemakers    Jimmy Page    Ian Paice    Peter & Gordon    Pink Floyd    Robert Plant    Alan Price    Procol Harum
Terry Reid    Cliff Richard    Keith Richards    Paul Rodgers    Rolling Stones
Savoy Brown    The Shadows    Slade    Soft Machine    Chris Spedding    Spencer Davis Group    Ringo Starr    Status Quo    Rod Stewart    The Sweet
Mick Taylor    Ten Years After    The Them    Julie Tippetts    Toe Fat    Peter Tosh    Pete Townshend    Traffic    T. Rex    The Troggs    Robin Trower
The Undertakers    Mick Underwood
Hilton Valentine
Bunny Wailer    Roger Waters    Charlie Watts    The Who    Steve Winwood    Ron Wood    Richard Wright    Steve Wright    Bill Wyman
The Yardbirds    Yes
The Zombies



Featured on this page loosely in order of first recording if not record release (as possible).

Names are alphabetical, not chronological, per year:



Jimmy Page

1958 Ginger Baker    Jet Harris    Cliff Richard
1959 The Bee Gees    Manfred Mann
1960 Steve Marriott    The Shadows    Ringo Starr
1961 Cliff Bennett    Jimmy Cliff
1962 Long John Baldry    The Beatles    Pete Best    Dave Clark Five    George Harrison    John Lennon    Bob Marley    Paul McCartney
1963 Chad & Jeremy    Cilla Black    Ritchie Blackmore    Gary Brooker    Jack Bruce    John Cale    Eric Clapton    Julie Driscoll (Julie Tippetts)    Freddie & the Dreamers    The Hollies    Mick Jagger    Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders    Van Morrison    Nico    Keith Richards    Gerry & the Pacemakers    Rolling Stones    Robin Trower    The Undertakers    Mick Underwood    Charlie Watts    Bill Wyman
1964 The Animals    Rod Argent    Jeff Beck    David Bowie    Eric Burdon    Joe Cocker    Roger Daltry    John Entwistle    Keef Hartley    Herman's Hermits   John Paul Jones   The Kinks    Alvin Lee    John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers    Moody Blues    Keith Moon    Peter & Gordon    Alan Price    Spencer Davis Group    Rod Stewart    Mick Taylor    The Them    Pete Townshend    The Who    Hilton Valentine    Steve Winwood    Ron Wood    The Yardbirds    The Zombies
1965 Brian Auger    Marc Bolan (T. Rex)   Steve Wright & the Easybeats    Peter Frampton    Golden Earring    Ronnie Lane    Donovan Leitch    Ian McLagan    Peter Tosh    Bunny Wailer
1966 Cream    The Move    Robert Plant    Terry Reid    The Troggs
1967 Syd Barrett    Fleetwood Mac    Dave Gilmour    King Crimson    Dave Mason    Nick Mason    Pink Floyd    Procol Harum    Pat Kelly    Savoy Brown    Ten Years After    Traffic    Roger Waters    Richard Wright
1968 Deep Purple    Free    Peter Gabriel    Genesis    Ian Gillan    Roger Glover    Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull    Elton John    Jon Lord    Yoko Ono    Ian Paice    Soft Machine    Status Quo    The Sweet
1969 Blind Faith    Climax Blues Band    Phil Collins    The Faces    Humble Pie    Led Zeppelin    Man    Gary Moore    Mott the Hoople    Paul Rodgers    Skid Row    Slade    Chris Spedding    Yes
1970 Air Force    Badfinger    Toe Fat
1972 Gary Glitter


  This page concerns the invasion of American real estate by British musicians. The British invasion is described narrowly in terms of chart domination, from 1964 to 1966, the Beatles generally considered its avant-garde. It is described broadly to include bands which charted or sold well in the United States due to American radio play, whether or not they ever placed foot on American soil. The criteria for this history is the latter, musicians physically arriving in America to play music, whether on tour or in some other way. However, though this page lists only bands and musicians who made their first record releases before 1970, we also recognize the British invasion's longer era, extending well into the seventies to include both early heavy metal and garage punk rock. We also include British musicians who made their way to America prior to the Beatles, as the latter were not the first. As for the term, "British invasion," credit is usually given to CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite as of the day the Beatles landed at Kennedy International Airport for the first time. To quote: "The British invasion this time goes by the code name Beatlemania [title of the Beatles' second album released in the United States]. D-Day has been common knowledge for months, and this was the day. . . The invasion took place at New York’s Kennedy International Airport. . . And that’s the way it is, Friday, February 7, 1964.” Albeit February 7 was a school day, Capitol Records leaked the news of the Beatles' arrival such that it is estimated about 3000 kids skipped school to welcome the band to America. (Pretty sneaky, and a few battalions of truant kids bailing water.) Release dates on this page vary between the UK and US, Americans oft waiting a year to hear (if at all) what Germans just across the Channel in rocking Hamburg considered old news. As for Liverpool or Merseybeat, as I've not necessarily made such a point, Merseybeat proper refers to Liverpool bands, as the River Mersey flows along its banks. The Beatles, for instance, were from Liverpool, thus the origin of its becoming a widespread term. (It didn't take long before bands were described as Merseybeat, regardless where they came from, if that's what they sounded like. There was a brief period when records sold better by calling them Merseybeat.) Mercybeat was preceded by skiffle, which was something of a revival of folk or jug band music popular in America in the twenties and thirties. Invasion musicians of the period not on this page may be in other sections like Modern Blues or Folk.


  Guitarist Jimmy Page was born in Heston, Middlesex, in 1944. He was first recorded at age 13 on Huw Wheldon's 'All Your Own' show in 1957, performing skiffle. Page shuffled about for the next few years between busking and going to school until he found himself on Southern Television in late 1960 with Royston Ellis (creator of "rocketry": poetry rock). Neil Christian asked Page to join his group, the Crusaders, in 1962, which put his foot in the door as a session guitarist. Beginning session work en force in January of 1963 with Jet Harris ('Diamonds' bw 'Hully Gully'), Page is thought to have contributed to at least forty-two tracks by a wide variety of artists that year. He meanwhile filled spots at the Marquee (London) with such as Cyril Davies, Alexis Korner, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. A lot of session work with bigger names in general coming into view followed in '64 and '65 (the Stones, the Tremeloes, Brenda Lee, Joe Cocker, the Them, the Seekers, Rod Stewart, Petula Clark, Billy Fury, Tom Jones, Herman's Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, etc.). In 1966 Page joined Jeff Beck, bass player and future partner John Paul Jones, drummer Keith Moon (The Who) and keyboardist Nicky Hopkins in the recording of Beck's  'Beck's Bolero'. He also became a member of the Yardbirds that year, Beck having already filled Eric Clapton's gap. When Beck was fired in 1968 for continually not showing up Page decided to reconfigure the band into the New Yardbirds, a name that would soon be changed to Led Zeppelin (name suggested by Keith Moon of The Who). Jimmy Page can, of course, be heard on any Led Zeppelin album released during the sixties, seventies and eighties (from 'Led Zeppelin I' in 1969 through 'Coda' in 1982). The tracks below concern his career apart from that band. Years 1963 through 1968 are all session work on either lead or rhythm guitar. Picking up after Page's main career with Led Zeppelin, find below edits from the ARMS concerts in 1983 during which Page shared the stage with Eric Clapton' and Jeff Beck. (The full concert at Madison Square Garden is under Jeff Beck lower on this page.) Also of note during the eighties was work with Paul Rodgers (of Free and Bad Company) and the Firm (albums 'The Firm' and 'Mean Business' released in 1986), folk singer, Roy Harper, and collaborations with Robert Plant on the albums, 'Outrider' and 'Now and Zen' in 1988. Notable in the nineties amidst much else were acoustic collaborations with Robert Plant (such as the album, 'No Quarter', released in 1994), the remastering of the Led Zeppelin catalogue, more charity concerts and Page's first performance with the Black Crowes in 1999, resulting in the album, 'Live at the Greek', released in 2000. All recordings below for year 2000 are live performances with the Black Crowes. Page, with too many awards and honors for this condensed history to approach, published a limited edition autobiography in 2010 via Genesis Publications: 'Jimmy Page'. He remains one of rock n roll's living dynamos as of this writing, yet actively pursuing his career.

Jimmy Page   1957

   In Them Ol' Cotton Fields Back Home

      Television performance

   Mama Don't Want to Skiffle Anymore

      Television performance

Jimmy Page   1961

   Jet Black

      With the Crusaders

Jimmy Page   1962

   Road to Love

      With the Crusaders

Jimmy Page   1963


      With Jet Harris & Tony Meehan

Jimmy Page   1964

   Baby Please Don't Go

      With the Them

   Bald Headed Woman

      With the Who

   The Crying Game

      With Dave Berry


      With Petula Clark

   Heart of Stone

      Album: 'Metamorphosis'

      With the Rolling Stones

   I Can't Explain

      With the Who

   I'm a Lover Not a Fighter

      With the Kinks   Twelve string guitar

   Is It True?

      With Brenda Lee

   I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain

      With the Kinks   Twelve string guitar

   My Baby Left Me

      With Dave Berry

   Tobacco Road

      With the Nashville Teens

   Sunshine Superman

      With Donovan Leitch

Jimmy Page   1965

   Here Comes the Night

      With the Them

Jimmy Page   1968

   Jeune Home

      With Johnny Hallyday

Jimmy Page   1969

   Love Chronicles

      With Al Stewart

   With a Little Help From My Friends

      Album with Joe Cocker

     Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 & 9

Jimmy Page   1971

   The Same Old Rock

      With Roy Harper

Jimmy Page   1983

   Boogie Mama

      ARMS Concert

      Madison Square Garden with Paul Rodgers

  Stairway to Heaven

      ARMS Concert

      Madison Square Garden with Jeff Beck & Eric Clapton

   Stairway to Heaven

      ARMS Concert   Royal Albert Hall

   Who's to Blame

      ARMS Concert

      Madison Square Garden with Paul Rodgers

   Who's to Blame

      ARMS Concert

      Royal Albert Hall with Steve Winwood

Jimmy Page   1984


      Live with Roy Harper   Cambridge Folk Festival


      Live with Roy Harper

    'Old Grey Whistle Test' television show

Jimmy Page   1985

   Bad Speech/Hope

      With Roy Harper

   Nineteen Forty Eightish

      With Roy Harper

   Twentieth Century Man

      With Roy Harper

Jimmy Page   2000

   Bring It On Home

   Celebration Day


   In My Time Of Dying

   The Lemon Song

   Nobody's Fault But Mine

   The Wanton Song

   What Is and What Should Never Be

Jimmy Page   2011

   The Same Old Rock

      Live With Roy Harper


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Cyril Davies

Jimmy Page

Photo: Stephen Lovekin

Source: Noise Creep

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Ginger Baker

Ginger Baker

Source: Tentang Musik

Drummer Ginger Baker is thought to have first recorded in 1957 to appear on the 1958 release of the album, 'Storyville Re-Visited', by the the Hugh Rainey All Stars which had become the Storyville Jazzmen. (We need cheat on the list of releases below per 1957, those thought to be unissued until 2006 on a CD titled 'Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazzmen 1957'.) In 1962 he replaced Charlie Watts in Blues Incorporated (Watts leaving for the Stones), first meeting Jack Bruce and Graham Bond. 1963 found Baker with the Graham Bond Quartet, soon to become the Graham Bond Organization. In 1966 Baker attended a Bluesbreakers concert where he met Eric Clapton, which resulted in their recruitment of bassist Jack Bruce and the formation of Cream (an intentionally self-complimentary name). Cream's first release was a 45 in 1966 with 'Wrapping Paper' A side and 'I Feel Free' B side, followed by the album, 'Fresh Cream' (containing 'I Feel Free' but not 'Wrapping paper'). In 1969 Baker joined Ric Grech, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood to form Blind Faith. Blind Faith was briefly lived, making only one tour and releasing a single album in 1969 before Clapton decided to drop out and join its opening act, Delaney and Bonnie. Which left the rest of the band to form Baker's Air Force. Air force is generally used to lead most modern invasions. The British assailed America differently, first sending the Beatles' sweet Merseybeat (Liverpool) sound to soften resistance in 1964, securing and widening the breach for several years via the Rolling Stones, yet not planning to send in their Air Force to thoroughly finish the job until 1970. A peculiar strategy, Brits apparently thinking that howsoever they do whatever that it will work, and it did. Because Air Force didn't have to tour America after all. While it was showing off its power in Europe, even from afar an intimidating threat, America cried "Uncle!" and went kaput, finally conceding superiority to the British, though no formal statements were issued. (Some even yet think otherwise but they're a lot of whining diehards.) Besides, their entire Air Force consisted of only ten planes, which Queen Elizabeth II didn't want to risk unnecessarily: Baker, Graham Bond, Phil Seamen, Steve Winwood, Ric Grech, Denny Laine, Alan White, Chris Wood, Harold McNair and Remi Kabaka. Baker had put together such a formidable power with only ten planes that the Queen had him raise an army as well, the Baker Gurvitz Army formed in 1974, with Adrian and Paul Gurvitz of the Gun and Three Man Army. Also in the Baker Gurvitz Army were Graham Bond, Phil Seamen, Denny Laine and Steve Winwood. During the eighties Baker was a member of Hawkwind and Public Image Ltd. He joined the Masters of Reality in 1992, then settled in Parker, Colorado, near Denver in 1993 to pursue his fascination with polo. He also recorded with BBM (Bruce - Baker - Moore) in '93 with bassist, Jack Bruce, and guitarist, Gary Moore, for the release of the album, 'Around the Next Dream', in 1994. Also in '94 he formed the jazz ensemble, the Ginger Baker Trio, with Bill Frisell and Charlie Haden. Baker had been to Africa to open a recording studio in Nigeria after his time with Air Force (per the documentary, 'Ginger Baker in Africa', released in 1971). In 1999 he moved to South Africa. 2005 saw the release of a live Cream reunion album, 'Royal Albert Hall London May', with Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton. In 2008 a South African bank clerk whom he'd hired as a personal assistant defrauded him of nigh $60,000. Baker published his memoir, 'Hellraiser', in 2009. He formed the quartet, Jazz Confusion, in 2013. In 2014 he released the solo album, 'Why?', with Alec Dankworth, Abass Dodoo and Pee Wee Ellis. Baker yet pursues his career actively as of this writing.  Per below, entries are chronological by year only, then alphabetical. Examples per 1957 are thought to have been unissued until 2006 on a CD titled 'Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazzmen 1957'. Samples per 1963 are thought to been unissued until 2012 in a box set of CDs by the title of 'Wade In the Water Classics: Origins & Oddities'. 'Little Girl' and 'Spanish' are one of three versions in that set. All tracks below for 1970 are Baker live with Air Force. More Cream and Blind Faith under Eric Clapton.

Ginger Baker   1957


     With Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazzmen

     Thought to be unissued until 2006

    CD: 'Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazzmen 1957'

   Doctor Jazz

     With Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazzmen

     Thought to be unissued until 2006

    CD: 'Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazzmen 1957'

   Weary Blues

     With Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazzmen

    Thought to be unissued until 2006

     CD: 'Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazzmen 1957'

Ginger Baker   1958

   Winter Wonderland

    With Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazzmen

     Album: 'Storyville Re-Visited'

Ginger Baker   1963

   Little Girl

      With the Graham Bond Organisation

     Thought to be unissued until 2012

      Box set: 'Wade In The Water Classics' 


      With the Graham Bond Quartet

    Thought to be unissued until 2012

     Box set: 'Wade In The Water Classics'

   Untitled Abbey Road Blues

      With the Graham Bond Quartet

     Thought to be unissued until 2012

     Box set: 'Wade In The Water Classics'

Ginger Baker   1965

   Hoochie Coochie Man

      Filmed live with the Graham Bond Organization

Ginger Baker   1966

   I'm So Glad

      With Cream   Album: 'Fresh Cream'


      With Cream   Album: 'Fresh Cream'

   Wrapping Paper

      With Cream   Album: 'Fresh Cream'

Ginger Baker   1967

   Blue Condition

      With Cream   Album: 'Disraeli Gears'

   Dance the Night Away

      With Cream   Album: 'Disraeli Gears'

   Strange Brew

      With Cream   Album: 'Disraeli Gears'

   Sunshine of Your Love

      With Cream   Album: 'Disraeli Gears'

Ginger Baker   1968

   Drum Clinic

      Filmed live

   Farewell Concert

      Final Cream concert at Royal Albert Hall

   White Room

      With Cream   Album: 'Wheels of Fire'

Ginger Baker   1969

   Blind Faith

      With Blind Faith   Album

Ginger Baker   1970

   Da Da Man

   Doin' It

   Don't Care

   Do What You Like

   Man of Constant Sorrow

   Sunshine of Your Love/Toady

   What a Day

Ginger Baker   1971

   Fela Kuti


Ginger Baker   1973

   The Salt

      Filmed live with Art Blakey

Ginger Baker   1990

   Hey Now Princess

      Live with Jack Bruce   'David Letterman Show'


      Live with Jack Bruce   Toad's Place

Ginger Baker   1995

   In the Moment

      Ginger Baker Trio   Filmed live

      Bass: Charlie Haden   Guitar: Bill Frisell


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Cream

The Cream

Source: Music Box


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Blind Faith

Blind Faith

Source: obaudoedu

  Born in 1939 in London, bass guitarist, Jet Harris, performed with various bands like Vipers Skiffle Group and the Most Brothers early in his career. His first recordings were in 1956 with the Vipers Skiffle Group. None of those are known to have been commercially released until the Bear Family box set titled '10.000 Years Ago' in 1996, containing several tracks from '56 to '58. Harris first emerged on vinyl with the Vipers in 1958 per 'Summertime Blues' bw 'Liverpool Blues'. It was 1959 when he joined Cliff Richard & the Drifters, 'Livin' Lovin Doll'/'Steady With You' his first of numerous issues with Richard & the Drifters. He followed Richard into Cliff Richard & the Shadows in 1959, their first issue 'Travelin' Light' bw 'Dynamite' that year. Harris toured the States with the Shadows in 1960 before leaving the band in '62. His first solo disc was with former drummer for the Shadows, Tony Meehan, releasing 'Besame Mucho' bw 'Chills and Fever' in May of '62. He formed the Jet Harris Band in 1966, issued 'My Lady'/'You Don't Live Twice' in '67, briefly worked with Jeff Beck that year as well, then found himself working day jobs, whatever he could find, a result of alcohol. Harris was back to recording in '75 with 'A Theme for a Fallen Idol' bw 'This Sporting Life'. Bankruptcy followed in 1988. Harris has briefly joined or guested with other bands, including the 'The Event' concerts in 1989 with Richard and Meehan. Fender, which guitars he famously used, rewarded him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. The new millennium saw him touring from 2005 to '09. His last album was issued in 2007: 'The Journey'. On New Years Eve of 2010 Harris was made MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).

The Vipers   1958

   Summertime Blues

Cliff Richard & the Drifters   1959

   Livin' Lovin Doll

   Steady With You

Cliff Richard & the Shadows   1960

   Travelin' Light

     BBC 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium'

Jet Harris   1962

   Besame Mucho


   Chills and Fever

Jet Harris   1963



Jet Harris   1996

   Ghost Riders In the Sky

Jet Harris   2007

   Scarlet O'Hara

     Filmed with the Wildcats

     Marty Wilde's 50th Anniversary Concert


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Jet Harris

Jet Harris

Source: Burns Amps

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Cliff Richard & the Shadows

Cliff Richard & the Shadows

Source: Goldmine

The earlier band with which Sir Cliff Richard began his career and played from 1958 to 1960, 'the Drifters, will be found in Rock 5. That band became the Shadows in 1959 to avoid confusion with an American doo-wop band by that name. Born Harry Rodger Webb in British India in 1940, though Richard released several top singles in the United States he didn't develop much of an audience in America, despite John Lennon's opinion that "before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music." As Richards career progressed in the United Kingdom he would woo the more popular than rock oriented audience. He was raised an Anglican but didn't begin practicing his Christian faith until 1964, not despising the rock with which he was experiencing great success with the Shadows, while branching out as a solo act with material more expressive of his faith, including performances at Billy Graham crusades. Albeit personnel has changed numerous times the main members of the Shadows were Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett. Richard & the Shadows toured the United States in 1960, nigh four years prior to the Beatles. They also appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Though one can't say they were a flop neither were they greeted with the screaming that the Beatles were. The Shadows might have come to great success in America with Richard but for complications with record companies. Minus Richard the band didn't fare well in America at all, though the Shadows remain popular to this day in the United Kingdom. Richard had placed four tracks in the Top Ten of the UK singles charts when he was with the Drifters: 'Move It' at #2 and 'High Class Baby' at #7 in 1958, with 'Mean Streak' at #10 and 'Living Doll' at #1 in 1959. Richard placed above sixty in the Top Ten both with the Shadows and as a solo artist until 2008 ('Thank You For a Lifetime' at #3). We list only Richard's #1 spots on the UK charts:

'Living Doll'
   July #1 UK   With the Drifters
'Travelin' Light'
   October #1 UK   With the Shadows
'Please Don't Tease'
   July #1 UK   With the Shadows
'I Love You'
   December #1 UK   With the Shadows

'The Young Ones'
   January #1 UK   With the Shadows
'Bachelor Boy'
   December #1 UK   With the Shadows
'The Next Time'
   December #1 UK   With the Shadows
'Summer Holiday'
   February #1 UK   With the Shadows

'The Minute You're Gone'
   March #1 UK   Solo

   March #1 UK   Solo

'We Don't Talk Anymore'
   July #1 UK   Solo

'Mistletoe and Wine'
   December #1 UK   Solo

'Savior's Day'
   December #1 UK   Solo

'The Millennium Prayer'
   November #1 UK   Solo

Richard was knighted in 1995 by Queen Elizabeth II. He yet actively pursues his career as of this writing. Tracks below are chronological by year only, alphabetical thereafter.

Cliff Richard & the Shadows   1960

   Forty Days

   Tell Me

   What'd I Say/Goodbye Farewell So Long

    Television performance

Cliff Richard & the Shadows   1961

   Apache/Don't Be Mad At Me

    Television performance

      'Apache' first released 1960


    Television performance

Cliff Richard & the Shadows   1962

   Do You Wanna Dance

      Television performance

Cliff Richard & the Shadows   1963


Cliff Richard & the Shadows   1969

   Bachelor Boy

     Filmed live

Cliff Richard   1970

   It's All In the Game

    'The Bank Holiday Show'

      First release 1964

Cliff Richard   1979

   We Don't Talk Anymore

     Filmed live

The Shadows   1989


     Filmed live

Cliff Richard   1999

   Millenium Prayer

     Filmed live

The Shadows   2003


     Filmed live


  Although the Bee Gees didn't come to great prominence until the seventies, especially as a disco group, they first recorded quite young in 1959. (The sample below is a coupling of two incomplete tunes not a minute long together, but it's the earliest recording discovered.) Consisting of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, the Bee Gees were first formed in Manchester in 1955 as a skiffle group called the Rattlesnakes. In 1958 the brothers migrated to Redcliffe, Australia, with their family. Their trio was renamed the Bee Gees that year in Queensland by a disc jockey, one Bill Gates, "Bee Gees" signifying the initials of Bill Gates and the three Gibbs brothers. The group gained their first recording contract in 1963 with the Fantasy label, released in Australia only: 'The Battle of the Blue and the Grey' b/w 'Three Kisses of Love' followed by 'Timber!' b/w 'Take Hold of That Star'. Their first album was released in 1965: 'The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs'. The group's first American television appearance was in February 1968 on the 'The Smothers Brothers Show'. It was 1971 when the Bee Gees first topped the charts in the United States with 'How Do You Mend a Broken Heart'. But it was the disco years in the latter seventies during which the group embedded itself in rock history with the release of the albums, 'Main Course' ('75), 'Children of the World' ('76'), 'Saturday Night Fever' ('77) and 'Spirits Having Flown' ('79). As the popularity of disco tapered off so did that of the Bee Gees. The group enjoyed a revival in the latter eighties, after which it largely had to settle for simply having millions of diehard fans. The Bee Gees last performed as a trio in 2002 at the 'Love and Hope Ball', an annual charity event against diabetes. They largely retired as a group upon the death of Maurice in January 2003 of heart attack. Robin also last performed at a charity concert, performing with the Soldiers at the London Palladium in February of 2012. He died of pneumonia the next April. Barry Gibb yet tours as of this writing. All tracks for 1965 below are from the Bee Gees' debut album, 'The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs'.

The Bee Gees   1959

   Twenty Miles to Blueland/Let Me Love You

       Incomplete sound bits

The Bee Gees   1960

   Time Is Passing By

       Television performance

The Bee Gees   1963

   The Battle of the Blue and the Grey

       First release Side A

   Blowing In The Wind

       Television performance

   Three Kisses of Love

       First release   Side B

   Take Hold of That Star

       Second release   Side B


       Second release   Side A

The Bee Gees   1964

   Turn Around, Look at Me

The Bee Gees   1965


   Could It Be

   Don't Say Goodbye

   Peace Of Mind

The Bee Gees   1967

   New York Mining Disaster 1941

       Music video

The Bee Gees   1975


     Album: 'Main Course' 

The Bee Gees   1977

   How Deep Is Your Love

     Soundtrack: 'Saturday Night Fever' 

   Night Fever

     Soundtrack: 'Saturday Night Fever'

   Stayin' Alive

     Soundtrack: 'Saturday Night Fever'

The Bee Gees   1979

   Spirits Have Flown


   Too Much Heaven

       Filmed live

The Bee Gees   1989

   Live in Melbourne

     'One For All' concert 

The Bee Gees   1997

   Acoustic Medley

     Filmed live at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas

   Electric Medley

     Filmed live at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas

The Bee Gees   1998


      Filmed live in Buenos Aires, Argentina

   Stayin' Alive

      Filmed live in Buenos Aires, Argentina


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Bee Gees

The Bee Gees

Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb

Source: More Than Talking

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann   1963

Source: Discogs

Born Manfred Sepse Lubowitz, in Johannesburg, Transvaal, keyboardist Manfred Mann migrated to the United Kingdom at age 21, being opposed to the apartheid system in South Africa. Sources often repeat that Mann, having studied jazz piano in South Africa, released a couple of albums in 1959 and '61 with Saul Ozynski as a member of the Vikings. Yet other sources mention such not at all. We ourselves can find no documentation of such so a first release date of 1959 for Mann remains tentative. Lubowitz first changed his name to Manne (in honor of jazz drummer Shelly Manne) as a writer for Jazz News in 1961. It was 1962 when the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers were formed in London by Mann and drummer Mike Hugg, adding guitarist Mike Vickers, bassist Dave Richmond and vocalist Paul Jones (replaced in 1966 by Mike d'Abo). After changing the band's name to Manfred Mann the group released their first record in 1963: 'Why Should We Not?' with 'Cock-a-Hoop' flip side. In 1969 Mann released the first of two albums with the brief formation of the band, Chapter Three. Manfred Mann was disassembled in 1971, having never stepped on American soil. Mann's next band, however, the Earth Band, first toured the States in 1973. The Earth Band, with which Mann distinguished himself on the Minimoog synthesizer, continues to perform to this day. Having released seventeen studio albums and three live albums over the decades, of note in 1991 was the release of 'Plains Music', on which Mann did homage to the American Indian.Tthe Earth Band's latest live issue was' Live in Ersingen' in 2011 with Robert Hart at vocals. The group's latest studio issue was in October 2014: 'Lone Arranger'. Per below, all tracks from 1973 onward are the Earth Band.

Manfred Mann   1963

   Why Should We Not?


Manfred Mann   1964


   Do Wah Diddy

      'Shindig' television performance

   Sha La La

      Television performance

Manfred Mann   1965

   Watermelon Man/Do Wah Diddy

      Television performance

Manfred Mann   1967

   Mighty Quinn

      Television performance

    Composition: Bob Dylan

Manfred Mann   1968

   My Name Is Jack

     'Top of the Pops' television program 

Manfred Mann   1973

   Solar Fire

      With Earth Band   Album: 'Solar Fire'

Manfred Mann   1975

   Blinded by the Light

      Filmed live with Earth Band

   Nightingales & Bombers

      With Earth Band   Album

Manfred Mann   1976

   The Roaring Silence

      With Earth Band   Album

   The Roaring Silence Tour

      With Earth Band   Live at the Spectrum

   Spirits In the Night

      Filmed live with Earth Band

Manfred Mann   1978

   Mighty Quinn

      Filmed live with Earth Band

    Composition: Bob Dylan

Manfred Mann   1979

   Angels At My Gate

      With Earth Band   Album: 'Angel Station'

   Waiting for the Rain

      With Earth Band   Album: 'Angel Station'

   You Angel You

      With Earth Band   Album: 'Angel Station'

Manfred Mann   1980

   Stranded In Iowa

      With Earth Band   Album: 'Chance'

Manfred Mann   1983

   Davy's On the Road Again

      Filmed live with Earth Band

Manfred Mann   2000

   'Rockpalast' concert

      Filmed live with Earth Band in Cologne


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann   2004

Source: Don Imus

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Steve Marriott

Steve Marriott

Source: Georgia Home Theater

Best known as the frontman for the Small Faces and Humble Pie, guitarist and songwriter Steve Marriott was born in Manor Park, Essex, in 1947. He formed his first band, the Wheels, at age twelve. His first professional employment followed the next year upon acquiring the role of Artful Dodger in the musical, 'Oliver!', a position he would hold for a year at the New Theatre in London (now the Noël Coward Theatre). Before joining the Small Faces in 1966 Marriott had pursued a solo career, making his first record release in 1963 for Decca: 'Give Her My Regards' backed with 'Imaginary Love'. That same year he formed the Frantiks and covered Cliff Richard's 'Move It' before changing the group's name to the Moments. In 1965 Marriott got together with bassist Ronnie Lane, 16 year-old drummer Kenny Jones and keyboardist Jimmy Winston (later replaced by Ian McLagan) to form the Small Faces. Perhaps Marriott's friend, Annabel, was tripping when she commented that they all had small faces and it stuck. Mayhaps relevant also was the fact that the tallest among them stood only 5'6". As well, to be a "face" was to be a somebody, a colloquialism during that period and place. On New Years Eve of 1968, however, Marriott left the stage during a live performance and didn't return. He would soon thereafter join Peter Frampton in the formation of Humble Pie. Frampton remained with Humble Pie for nearly three years from January '69 to November '71. In May of 1976 Marriott released his first solo album, 'Marriott'. But he continued to lead Humble Pie until its disbanding in late 1983 before he issued his next solo album in 1985: 'Live at the Sir George Robey'. He would see the release of 'Live at Dingwalls 6.7.84' in 1986 and 'Marriott & Band' in 1990 before his death the early morning of April 20, 1991, of smoke inhalation as his cottage burned down around him in Arkesden, Essex. He'd been asleep on the second floor and had nearly made his bedroom door when he expired. Tracks below touch upon Marriott's career apart from the Small Faces or Humble Pie.

Steve Marriott   1960

   Consider Yourself

      Musical: 'Oliver'

Steve Marriott   1963

   Give Her My Regards

   Imaginary Love

Steve Marriott   1964

   Good Morning Blues

      With the Moments

   Money Money

      With the Moments

   You Really Got Me

      With the Moments

      Original composition: The Kinks

Steve Marriott   1976



Steve Marriott   1984

   Bad Moon Rising

      Album: 'Dingwalls'

Steve Marriott   1985

   Five Long Years

   The Fixer

     Filmed live in Houston


  It was 1957 when Richard Starkey helped form the the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group. In 1959 he joined Al Calwell's Texans, a skiffle group which would become the Raging Texans, until Caldwell changed his name to Rory Storm and the band became the Hurricanes as it transitioned to rock n roll. At which time Starkey changed his name to Ringo Starr. (He wore rings and the name had an American west sound [as in Johnny Ringo]). It was with the Hurricanes that Starr made his first recordings in 1960. In August 1962 Starr replaced Pete Best as drummer of the Silver Beetles, at which time the band was transitioning to the Beatles. Starr had met and performed with the other Beatles in Hamburg when he was with the Hurricanes. Tony Sheridan, for whom the Beatles were the backing band, had invited Starr to join them. Starr didn't play drums, however, on the Beatles' first American record release of 'Love Me Do' backed with 'P.S. I Love You'. That was session drummer Andy White, as the Beatles' producer at the time, George Martin, was yet uncomfortable with Starr. (As was their manager, Brian Epstein. See Pete Best on this page for a bit more concerning his firing from the Beatles.) To be more correct, recordings on which Best had performed were resessioned upon Starr being hired as his replacement. Starr played drums on early British releases of 'Love Me Do' in '62. But he played tambourine on the American release in 1964, with White at drums, and maracas on 'P.S. I Love You', again with White at drums. Starr's replacement of Best went not without incident per angry fans. Upon John Lennon's final approval, Starr first performed with the Beatles in August of '62 at Port Sunlight. His next performance the following day at the Cavern Club brought George Harrison a black eye and Billy Epstein slashed car tires. A bodyguard was temporarily hired. It took a few months for Starr to develop some rapport with Beatles fans, and he received a telephoned death threat as late as 1965. He was also uncertain of his position with the Beatles for the first couple years, thinking he could be replaced as Best had been. But by August of 1964 he was smoking cannabis with the other band members, and Bob Dylan who that month had introduced them to the plant. By 1968 Starr was ready to quit the Beatles during the difficulties of recording the 'White Album' and did, for two weeks, returning to his drum set covered in flowers. Starr can of course be heard on any Beatles recording. The edits below concern his career apart from the Beatles. Following the dissolution of the Beatles in 1970, Starr released his debut solo album, 'Sentimental Journey', then 'Beaucoups of Blues' the same year. Seven more albums followed to 1983. Starr formed his All-Starr Band in 1989, its first performance that July in Dallas, Texas. Edits from that tour were released in 1990 on the album, 'Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band'. Starr released three more albums during the nineties: 'Time Takes Time' ('92), 'Vertical Man' ('96) and 'I Wanna Be Santa Claus' ('99). As of the new millennium, Starr's sixth and latest album release was 'Postcards From Paradise' in 2015. Starr's career included, of course, far more than the recording of albums. He was also an actor, appearing in all four of the Beatles' films ('A Hard Day's Night' in '64, 'Help!' in '65, 'Magical Mystery Tour' in '67 and 'Let It Be' in '70.) as well as several others, including such as 'Candy' ('68'), 'The Magic Christian' ('69), '200 Motels' ('71) and 'Lisztomania' ('75). Starr had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 with the other Beatles. He was elected in 2005 for his solo career. More of Starr under Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, year 1960, in UK Beat.

Ringo Starr   1960

   Train to Nowhere

      Live with the Hurricanes

Ringo Starr   1965

   Act Naturally

      Live with the Beatles

Ringo Starr   1970

   Sentimental Journey


Ringo Starr   1973



Ringo Starr   1992

   Walking Nerve

      Filmed live with Nils Lofgren

Ringo Starr   1993

   I Wanna Be Your Man

      Filmed live

Ringo Starr   1995



   Takin' Care of Business

      Live with Randy Bachman

   Will It Go Round in Circles

      Live With Billy Preston

Ringo Starr   1998

   I Wanna Be Your Man


Ringo Starr   2002


      Filmed live

Ringo Starr   2003

   The Glamorous Life

      Live with Shiela E.

Ringo Starr   2006

   Should've Known Better

      Filmed live with Richard Marx

Ringo Starr   2008

   Work To Do

      Live with Hamish Stewart

Ringo Starr   2010


      Live with Paul McCartney

   Broken Wings

      Live With Richard Page


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

Source: Gov Teen

  Reggae musician Jimmy Cliff was born in 1948 in St. James, Jamaica. He is thought to have released 'Dearest Beverley" in 1961 with a real fine band called the Beverley's All Stars. (There exists a CD compilation of early Jimmy Cliff & the Beverley's All Stars titles called 'The Ska Singles 1961-1962', including such as their 1962 recordings, 'Hurricane Hattie' and 'King of Kings', as well as Cliff's 1962 recording of 'I'm Sorry' with the Cavaliers Combo.) The Beatles arrival to the U.S. in February of 1964 was a surprise attack upon America's citizens that yielded major gain. The Queen (Elizabeth II) had more ammunition than that to come, but needed spies. No one suspected Cliff's innocent 16 year-old visage during his "tour" to the 1964 World's Fair in New York as a so-called representative of Jamaica. It is thought he signed on with Island Records upon moving to the UK in 1964. Which further proves he was a spy, a rather obvious one at that, during the British Invasion. He released his debut album, 'Hard Road to Travel' in 1967. (Indeed, for such an incompetent spy that everyone now knows it.) Cliff's move to yet another British label, Trojan (big secret, get it?), in 1969 to record 'Wonderful World, Beautiful People' and 'Vietnam' confirms where his interests had been all along: with Bob Marley, yet another rather conspicuous spy for the Brits, recording on British labels. Peter Tosh, however, came to the defense of the United States during its war with the Brits, issuing his recordings on American labels. Any good spy would have done the same, not thinking he could fool Americans with British recordings. Either might have been a mole, even a double mole. But, of course, any documentation of such was likely shredded. In 1972 Cliff starred in the reggae film, 'The Harder They Come', produced in Jamaica. (See how it all fits together, Jamaica being an independent Commonwealth realm over which the Queen is head of state? A lot of funny business, if ask me, making movies in Jamaica so close to U.S. borders.) During the latter seventies Cliff made his first trip to Africa, then converted to Islam (for a time). His reggae came to be more African influenced than Marley's more Caribbean reggae, but Islam put him at odds with the Rastafarian religion strongly associated with reggae. Be as may, Cliff has recorded, toured and performed soundtracks quite successfully to this day. As of this writing he yet tours. His last album was 'Rebirth', released in 2012. Per below, all listings from 1994 onward are filmed concerts.

Jimmy Cliff   1961

   Dearest Beverley

    With the Beverley's All Stars

Jimmy Cliff   1962

   Hurricane Hattie

    With the Beverley's All Stars

   King of Kings

    With the Beverley's All Stars

Jimmy Cliff   1972

   Many Rivers To Cross

    Album: 'The Harder They Come'

   Sitting In Limbo

    Album: 'The Harder They Come'

Jimmy Cliff   1976

   Follow My Mind

Jimmy Cliff   1990

   John Crow

Jimmy Cliff   1994

   Woodstock 1994

Jimmy Cliff   2012

   Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

Jimmy Cliff   2013

   Java Jazz Festival 2013

Jimmy Cliff   2014

   Rototom Sunsplash 2014

     In Benicàssim, Spain


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff   Circa 1970

Photo: Redferns/Getty Images

Source: Famous People
  Long John Baldry was a popular vocalist with a taste for the blues. Thought to have first recorded with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated in 1962, nothing is found on which he is definitely featured. The next year Baldry joined Cyril Davies' R&B All Stars. Upon Davies' untimely death in 1964 Baldry reshaped the band into the Hoochie Coochie Men, which would in turn become Steampacket in 1965. Rod Stewart was a member of both bands. Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll were members of Steampacket. Upon Steampacket dissolving the next year, Baldry then made Bluesology his backup band. That group featured one Reg Dwight on keyboards who would soon become Elton John. Bluesology disbanded in 1968. Baldry's sixth and best-known album, 'It Ain't Easy', was released in 1971, containing the track, 'Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock and Roll'. That was followed by his first tour of the United States. Baldry's 10th album, 'Baldty's Out!', on which he formally announced his homosexuality, was issued in 1979. Moving to Toronto, Ontario, in 1980, Baldry exchanged British for Canadian citizenship the next year, eventually settling in Vancouver, British Columbia. By the turn of the millennium Baldry had released fourteen albums, closing the century with 'Evening Conversation' in 1999 and beginning the new with 'Remembering Leadbelly' in 2001 (89 years after Lead Belly's first issued recording in 1912). That was his last studio album. Baldry died of a chest infection at Vancouver General Hospital in July 2005.

Long John Baldry   1963

   See See Rider

      Live with Cyril Davies

Long John Baldry   1964

   Got My Mojo Working

      Television performance with the Beatles

Long John Baldry   1965

   Baby Take Me

      With Rod Stewart and Steampacket

   Goodbye Baby

   I'm On To You Baby

   Time's Getting Tougher Than Tough

Long John Baldry   1966


   Make It Easy on Yourself

Long John Baldry   1968

   Let the Heartaches Begin

      Television performance

Long John Baldry   1969

   It's Too Late Now

Long John Baldry   1971

   Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On the King Of Rock and Roll

   It Ain't Easy

Long John Baldry   1975


      Recorded 1973

Long John Baldry   1997

   Backwater Blues



Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Long Jihn Baldry

Long John Baldry

Source: Long John Baldry

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Beatles

The Beatles

Source: My Kugiran

At the avant-garde of the British invasion were, of course, the Beatles (Fab Four), first recording in 1961 as a backup band called the Beat Brothers, for Tony Sheridan. ('Ain't She Sweet' and 'Cry For a Shadow' appear among the tracks below because the Beatles recorded them without Sheridan. For 'My Bonnie', 'The Saints' and a few other recordings made with Sheridan see Tony Sheridan in UK Beat.)  The Beatles first formed in 1958 as the Blackjacks before changing their name to the Quarrymen by which they were better known. They would also briefly call themselves the Moondogs, then the Beatals, then the Silver Beetles, before finally settling with the Beatles. The original personnel of the Quarrymen were Paul McCartney (age 17), John Lennon (age 18), George Harrison (despite Lennon's doubt that at age 15 he was too young), Colin Hanton on drums and John "Duff" Lowe on piano. Pete Best became drummer as of the Silver Beatles, recording as one of the Best Brothers with Sheridan per above. Best was replaced by Ringo Starr in 1962 as the Silver Beatles became the Beatles. Not only were the Beatles a remarkable combination of musicians, but the Lennon-McCartney songwriting team was a virtual factory, supplying not a few other musicians with too many compositions to count. Perhaps as good example as any of the Merseybeat sound, for surely its standard, was the Beatles' first album release in 1963, 'Please Please Me' (Parlophone), on which appears their first record release as the Beatles in 1962: 'Love Me Do' backed with 'P.S. I Love You'. This was followed the same year by 'With the Beatles' released in the UK (Parlophone) and it's American version 'Beatlemania!' (Capitol).  Per above, their first release as the Beatles was 'Love Me Do' in 1962, backed with 'P.S. I Love You'. It was upon the release of 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' in 1964 that the Beatles arrived to America (February), performed on the Ed Sullivan Show, molested the hearts of millions of screaming girls and cracked the first thunder of the British invasion. (The Beatles faced the problem throughout their tours of the audience overpowering what music the most powerful amplifiers available could deliver. There is a mild example of this on the 1965 track of 'I Feel Fine' below, "mild" because the music can actually be heard. All to say that screaming audiences at Beatles concerts made performing music nigh pointless. Well, it's not every day that I myself hear thousands of girls screaming their delight in my presence. But this was for the Beatles a frustration as well, there more screaming being done than listening, alike they could have played everything off key and no one would have known the difference. It was truly nothing short of mass hysteria.) Only two and a half years later they would give their last commercial concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in August of 1966, the same month they released 'Revolver'. The causes the Beatles stop touring were various. One, touring had become drudgery: the Beatles had performed more than 1400 concerts in the last four years. Two, the band's music had evolved considerably beyond the Merseybeat days. It was thought that to perform on tour what the Beatles were producing in the studio would be a task too gigantic to do justice. Three, security may have been a contributing factor: Lennon's remark in 1965 that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus had wrought backlash in the form of threats and the burning of Beatles records. There had been rioting in the Philippines as well, caused by Brian Epstein (their famous manager since 1962) turning down an invitation to breakfast from Imelda Marcos. The Beatles nevertheless won the 1967 Album of the Year Grammy Award via 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. The Beatles disbanded in 1970 for a mixture of reasons: Simple weariness of being the Beatles was likely the condition in general. The Beatles had been a driving non-stop engine for several years and there may have been a sense of knowing when to quit triumphant rather than fade away but repeating themselves. Lennon had decided to leave the group in September 1969, but waited to announce it until record negotiations at the time were completed. (Lennon thought things had deteriorated in general since the death of Epstein in August of 1967 due to sleeping pill overdose. Nor was he pleased with the way McCartney had been handling or not handling affairs since then.) In the meantime, McCartney released his first solo album in April 1970 ('McCartney'), along with his announcement that he was leaving the Beatles. This was the same month the Beatles finished their last recording, 'I Me Mine', for the 'Let It Be' album. The final straw for McCartney was Phil Spector's production of that album. (McCartney, for example, was not at all pleased with the orchestration on the Beatles' last released single, 'The Long and Winding Road'.) Howsoever, in the decade that the Beatles were the Beatles there occurred one of the most significant of phenomena in the twentieth century. The Beatles didn't but contribute to a culture. With a little help from, most notably, the Rolling Stones, they affected change in the zeitgeist of the world on a scale somewhere in the vicinity of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July of '69. More information as to the Beatles can be found under John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Pete Best on this page, as well as beneath Tony Sheridan in UK Beat. Concerning 'Pop Go the Beatles' below, BBC originally transmitted four parts. The second and fourth are missing due to ban by the Universal Music Group. The two which remain is by grace of that organization if not payment by YouTube. At bottom of the index below is the album, 'Live! At The Star Club', a series of recordings on reel-to-reel by Kingsize Taylor (of the Tremeloes in UK Beat) in 1962 in Hamburg, released fifteen years later in 1977.

The Beatles   1962

   Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You

      First 45 release

The Beatles   1963

   Please Please Me

      Live for BBC

   Pop Go the Beatles 1

      BBC Radio

   Pop Go the Beatles 3

      BBC Radio

The Beatles   1964

   Ain't She Sweet

      Recorded in 1961

   Cry For a Shadow

      Recorded in 1961

   Roll Over Beethoven

     Filmed live in Washington DC

   Roll Over Beethoven

     Television performance

   Twist and Shout

    Filmed live in Melbourne

   Twist and Shout

     Filmed live in Washington DC

   Twist and Shout

    Ed Sullivan Show

The Beatles   1965


      Studio version


      Television performance

   I Feel Fine

      Filmed live at Shea Stadium NYC

   Roll Over Beethoven

    Filmed live at the Hollywood Bowl

   She's a Woman

      Filmed live at Shea Stadium NYC


      Album: 'Help!'

The Beatles   1966


      Album: 'Revolver'

   Tomorrow Never Knows

      Album: 'Revolver'

The Beatles   1967

   Magical Mystery Tour


   Fixing a Hole

      Album: 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

   Getting Better

      Album: 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

   Lovely Rita

      Album: 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

   Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

      Album: 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

   Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

      Album: 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

   With A Little Help From My Friends

      Album: 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

The Beatles   1968

  Back In The USSR

      Album: 'White Album'


      Album: 'White Album'

   Dear Prudence

      Album: 'White Album'

   Glass Onion

      Album: 'White Album'

   Hey Jude

The Beatles   1969

   Abbey Road


   Apple Studios Rooftop Concert


   Get Back

      Apple Studios Rooftop Concert music video

The Beatles   1970

   Dig a Pony

      Album: 'Let It Be'

   Let It Be

      Album: 'Let It Be'

   Two of Us

      Album: 'Let It Be'

The Beatles   1977

   Live! At the Star Club

      Recorded December 1962



Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Beatles with Pete Best

Beatles with Pete Best

Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Source: Ooyuz

Sometimes referred to as the "fifth" Beatle, drummer Pete Best began his two-year career with the Beatles in August 1960 when they were the Silver Beetles and needed a drummer for their first residency in Hamburg. Best is the drummer on 'Ain't She Sweet' and 'Cry For a Shadow' under the Beatles (above) when they played as the Beat Brothers with Tony Sheridan. Also see 'My Bonnie' and 'The Saints' under Tony Sheridan in Rock 5: The UK Beat. Though Best was fired from the Beatles in August 1962, just prior to their first release as the Beatles ('Love Me Do' b/w 'P.S. I Love You'), several demos (out of more than thirty that the Beatles made) are indexed below on which Best appears. The dismissal of Best from the Beatles, to make way for Ringo Starr, is among rock n roll's most discussed issues. The majority, overall, seem to think it was unfair. Nor did fans at the time like it, Best having developed no small popularity during his two years with the band. (George Harrison acquired a black eye from one indignant Best fan at Starr's second performance with the Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in August of '62. Starr's first performance with the Beatles had been the prior day at Port Sunlight.) Nor did Brian Epstein, the Beatles famous manager, care for the decision, helping Best obtain a position with Lee Curtis & the All-Stars once he'd healed from the blow enough to make music again. (Epstein's car tires had been slashed by angry fans during Starr's initial performance at the Cavern Club.) In the end, however, the other Beatles simply didn't think Best was the best when it came to playing drums. It wasn't so much their prerogative to put together the best band they could that bothered people. It was, rather, the shabby manner in which Best was released, the details of which I myself wasn't there to determine. So as this is a music history, via music rather than word, I'll not pretend to explain the affair, concerning which one can read anywhere, and get back to the matter at hand: the music of Pete Best. After Best and the rest of the All-Stars left Lee Curtis, as well, without a band, they formed the Original All-Stars which would soon become the Pete Best Four, which is group with which the list below resumes after the early Beatles audition demos. Best's first release after the All-Stars was in 1964: 'I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door' (not found) backed by 'Why Did I Fall In Love With You'. Best also first toured the United States in 1964, appearing on the television show, 'What's My Line', in March of that year, as well as soon later recording on American labels. His first album, 'Best of the Beatles', occurred in 1965. (There are no Beatles on it.) All tracks for 1962 below are Beatles audition demos.

Pete Best   1962

   Crying, Waiting, Hoping

   The Sheik of Araby/Searchin'

   Hello Little Girl/Three Cool Cats

  September in the Rain

  Take Good Care of my Baby

   Like Dreamers Do/Money

   To Know Her is to Love Her/Memphis

   Love Me Do

   'Til There was You/Sure to Fall

    Besame Mucho/Love of the Loved

Pete Best   1964

   Why Did I Fall In Love With You

Pete Best   1965

   All Aboard


   Castin' My Spell

   Don't Play With Me

   I'm Blue

   Kansas City

   Keys to My Heart

   Off the Hook

   Pete's Theme

Pete Best   1966

   Some Other Guy

     Album: 'Best of the Beatles' 

Pete Best   1988

   Be My Baby

      Live with Billy Kinsley


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Pete Best

Pete Best   2005

Photo: Leslie Spear

Source: Twitter/Pete Best

  Formed in North London in 1957 as the Dave Clark Quintet, the band changed its name to the Dave Clark Five in 1958. Undergoing several personnel changes, the best known configuration of the group was Dave Clark (drums), Rick Huxley (bass), Lenny Davidson (lead), Denis Payton (sax and harmonica) and Mike Smith (keyboard and vocals). The band's first record release in 1962 was 'Chaquita' b/w 'First Love'. Among the most successful of the Invasion bands (18 appearances on the 'Ed Sullivan Show', their first on March 8 of '64), the Dave Clark Five (DC5) first toured the States in 1964. It's popularly said that they briefly preceded the Beatles to the States, but no American tour dates earlier than February 7, 1964 (the day the Beatles arrived to America), are found. The DC5 released the film, 'Catch Us If You Can' (titled 'Having a Wild Weekend' in the United States), in 1965. The DC5 dissolved in 1970, reforming as Dave Clark & Friends until 1973. Clark held full rights to DC5 music and didn't wish to license it, meaning that between 1978 and 1993 none of the DC5's recordings were commercially available. Clark thawed that freeze with a couple CDs in deals with EMI and Hollywood Records in '93, then locked down again until 2008, the year the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of the personnel listed above, only Dave Clark is yet living, presently residing, lushly, in West London with small want to make public appearances.

Dave Clark Five   1962


   First Love

Dave Clark Five   1963

   Glad All Over

   I Know You

   That's What I Said

Dave Clark Five   1964


      Television performance

   Bits & Pieces

      Television performance

   Blue Monday

   Glad All Over

      Television performance

Dave Clark Five   1965

   Catch Us If You Can

    Film   Title sequence

   Over and Over

      Television performance

Dave Clark Five   1966

   I Like It Like That

      Television performance

Dave Clark Five   1968

   Red Balloon

Dave Clark Five   1969

   Mulberry Tree

      Television performance

Dave Clark Five   1972

   I'm Sorry Baby


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Dave Clark Five

Dave Clark Five

Source: Adventurers Club

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: George Harrison

George Harrison

Source: Michael Arnold

Guitarist George Harrison was born in Liverpool in 1943. He joined the Beatles in 1958 when they were still the Quarrymen. He was age fourteen when he first auditioned, which John Lennon thought too young. But Paul McCartney wanted him in the band, so arranged a second audition (by which time Harrison had become fifteen) upon which Lennon agreed to hire him. Howsoever, he was deported from Hamburg during the Beatles' first residency there, too young to play nightclubs. Albeit Lennon and McCartney were the Beatles lead vocalists, Harrison sang lead on nearly thirty Beatles songs, the first in 1963 on the 'Please Please Me' album ('Chains' and 'Do You Want to Know a Secret'), the last on the 'Let It Be album' of 1970 ('I Me Mine' and 'For You Blue'). Alike, though Lennon and McCartney were the Beatles' major composers, Harrison wrote or contributed to the composition of nigh as many Beatles songs from 'Don't Bother Me' in 1963 to several tracks on 'Let It Be' (including 'I Me Mine', the Beatles' last recording together, excepting Lennon who was in Denmark, having already quit the Beatles). His first solo album, 'Wonderwall Music', the first by an ex-Beatle, was the 1968 soundtrack for the film 'Wonderwall'. That was followed in 1969 by 'Electronic Sound', then 'All Things Must Pass' in November 1970 (after the official disbanding of the Beatles in April of that year). Harrison may well be best known apart from the Beatles for the single released from the latter album, 'My Sweet Lord'. The triple-sleeve 'Concert for Bangladesh' at Madison Square Garden was issued in December of '71, the film the next year. That concert was his initial association with Indian sitar player, Ravi Shankar. 'Living in the Material World', issued in 1973, was largely a philanthropic endeavor as well, royalties from nine of its eleven songs assigned to his Material World Charitable Foundation (founded '73) in perpetuity. Harrison founded Dark Horse Records in 1974. He was afterward the first ex-Beatle to tour the States after the band's demise, visiting in 1974 with Ravi Shankar as of the Dark Horse Tour which album followed that December. Harrison was a film producer as well. In 1978 he founded HandMade Films with Denis O'Brien toward the 1979 release of 'Monty Python's Life of Brian'. Handmade Films was involved in 27 films before its acquisition in 1994 by Paragon. 1987 saw the platinum release of the album, 'Cloud Nine'. It was 1988 that Harrison joined Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty as one of the Traveling Wilburys. That ensemble released two albums (excepting Orbison who died after 'Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1'), the second titled 'Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3' as a joke. In 1999 Harrison was attacked in his home by an intruder, one Michael Abram, with a knife. He sustained forty plus wounds largely to his head, puncturing a lung as well, until his wife, Olivia, crowned the psycho with a lamp. Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001 at the relatively young age of fifty-eight. Howsoever, this condensed history can't approach the fullness of life that Harrison experienced in so many aspects from Hinduism and psychedelics to antique cars and garden landscaping. Olivia Harrison continues his emphasis on charity, founding The George Harrison Humanitarian Fund for UNICEF in 2005. Harrison can of course be heard on any Beatles record release. The entries below touch on his career apart from the Beatles.

George Harrison   1968

   Wonderwall Music


George Harrison   1969

   Electronic Sound


George Harrison   1970

   My Sweet Lord

George Harrison   1971

   What Is Life

George Harrison   1973

   Living In the Material World


George Harrison   1980

   Lay His Head

      Unreleased version

George Harrison   1987

   Got My Mind Set On You

   Just For Today

   Wilbury Twist

      Live with the Traveling Wilburys

George Harrison   1988

   End of the Line

      With the Traveling Wilburys

   Heading For the Light

      With the Traveling Wilburys

George Harrison   1990

   If You Belonged To Me

      With the Traveling Wilburys

George Harrison   1991

   Live in Japan

      Album with Eric Clapton


  Composer, guitarist and vocalist John Lennon was born in Liverpool in 1940. His first guitar was a gift from his mother in 1956. Lennon formed the Quarrymen (originally the Blackjacks), at first a skiffle group (named after Quarry Bank High School), in 1956 at age fifteen. It was at the Quarrymen's second performance, at St. Peter's in Woolton, that Lennon met Paul McCartney and asked him to join his band. It was also about that time that Lennon composed his first song, 'Hello Little Girl', which would become the first release of the Fourmost in 1963. Lennon at first objected to George Harrison joining the Quarrymen because he thought Harrison, age fourteen, was too young (Lennon age eighteen by that time). But McCartney wanted Harrison in the band and arranged a second audition, after which Harrison became a member. Just as Lennon said, Harrison was too young for the nightclubs in Hamburg and was deported upon the band's first residency there. Of such as for which John Lennon was famous was, of course, his murder at the young age of forty, which significance to the public ranked as great, ostensibly, as the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King. Lennon was retrieving mail on the morning of the 8th of December, 1980, when he was shot in the back four times by one Mark Chapman, confessedly for no greater reason than to acquire notoriety. Such was fourteen years after Lennon's statement in March of 1966, quoted later that summer in an American magazine: "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink . . . We're more popular than Jesus now — I don't know which will go first, rock and roll or Christianity." Touring had already become exhausting for the Beatles. But the burning of Beatles records and threats against Lennon added a security factor to their decision to stop touring. Another of Lennon's controversial deeds was his relationship with Japanese conceptual artist Yoko Ono, whom he had met at one of her exhibitions in London in 1966 while he was yet married to Cynthia Powell, and which contributed to their divorce in 1968. It was May 1968 when Lennon and Ono first made a record together, an album titled 'Two Virgins'. Recorded overnight at Lennon's home, apparently to raise money for Ono's art, when Powell returned from Greece the next morning she found Lennon, Ono and a few signs of a compromising situation. Lennon and Powell were divorced the following November, after which Lennon married Ono in March of 1969. It was their honeymoon in Amsterdam during which they held their first "bed-in" for world peace, giving interviews to the press while in pajamas, tucked beneath the sheets. Lennon and Ono then released the first of a number of Plastic Ono Band albums, 'Live Peace in Toronto', in December of 1969. (The sardonic wit of the British, to release propaganda such as 'Give Peace a Chance' while invading America.) As to the Beatles breaking up in 1970, Lennon ascribed it largely to the death of the Beatles' famous manager, Brian Epstein, in August of 1967, after which the band began to fall into disarray in general. It was Lennon's claim that he had dropped out of the band in September of 1969, but decided to not announce it until record negotiations at the time were finished. He was surprised, and less than pleased, when McCartney released his first solo album in April of 1970 with the announcement that he had quit the Beatles. Lennon followed with his first solo release as a non-Beatle, 'Imagine', in September 1971. He would release six more studio albums, his final, again with Yoko Ono, in November 1980: 'Double Fantasy'. Tracks below are chronological by year only, alphabetical thereafter. Yoko Ono is involved in some capacity with all of them, perhaps most singularly featured on 'Don't Worry, Kyoko'.

John Lennon   1968

   Two Virgins

      Album   Side 1

   Two Virgins

      Album   Side 2

John Lennon   1969

   Blue Suede Shoes

      Film   Live Peace in Toronto

   Cold Turkey

      Film   Live Peace in Toronto

   Dizzy, Miss Lizzy

      Film   Live Peace in Toronto

   Give Peace a Chance


   Give Peace a Chance

      Film   Live Peace in Toronto

   Give Peace a Chance

      Studio version

   Live Peace in Toronto



      Film   Live Peace in Toronto

   Yer Blues

      Film   Live Peace in Toronto

John Lennon   1971

   Don't Worry, Kyoko

      Album: 'Fly'

   Attica State

      Video: 'Let's Have a Party'

   He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

      Video: 'Let's Have a Party'


      Album: 'Imagine'


      Album: 'Let's Have a Party'

John Lennon   1972


      Filmed live

John Lennon   1980

   Double Fantasy



Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: John Lennon

John Lennon

Photo: Bob Gruen

Source: Skibbereen Eagle

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Source: Kotillas

Jamaica acquired independence from the United Kingdom on August 6 1962. But it remains a Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth II as Queen of Jamaica and head of state. A brilliant strategy it was, therefore, when the Queen enlisted a Jamaican division to invade the United States with Bob Marley its commander in dreadlocks (Rasta locks) and Rastafari his "way." Marley was no stranger to such as rocksteady and ska (see Millie Small and Owen Gray in UK Beat), out of which he created full-blown reggae. Marley's parents had been from England, his father white (who died when Marley was ten), his mother black. He had already done a reconnaissance mission to Delaware (ostensibly to be near his mother who had moved there) when he married singer Rita Anderson in 1966 and formally became a Rastafarian. (Rastafari, a radical interpretation of Christianity, had its origins in Jamaica in the thirties. Among its distinguishing tenets is the spiritual use of cannabis and belief in the divinity of Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974.) Marley released his first recordings in 1962: 'Judge Not' and 'One Cup of Coffee'. In 1963 he and friends, Bunny Wailer (Neville Livingston) and Peter Tosh, formed a rocksteady and ska group called the Teenagers, which became the Wailing Rudeboys, which became the Wailing Wailers, at which which point a recording contract with Jamaican label, Studio One, was gained. To the result of Marley's debut album, 'The Wailing Wailers', being released in 1965. Marley didn't tour the States, however, until 1971, concerts in Brooklyn and New York City thought to be his first. Like Millie Small and Owen Gray, Marley either recorded on Jamaican labels or went to Great Britain to groove vinyl. He also created his own recording company, Tuff Gong, in Jamaica. As for Peter Tosh, he was a double agent during the British invasion. He recorded with American companies, Columbia and EMI, after leaving the Wailers with Bunny Wailer in 1974, each to pursue solo careers. Tosh's one exception was 'Bush Doctor' for Trojan Records, based in the UK. Putting his talents to use to profit American labels made the Queen suspicious just who's side Tosh was on during her long cultural siege of America, until she was informed he was a mole. As for Marley, he continued with the Wailers until his last performance in September of 1980 in Pittsburgh, PA, at the Stanley Theater (now the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts). He died yet in his prime, of melanoma, in 1981, only 36 years old. (Tosh wouldn't make it much farther, having been murdered at age 42 during a psychotic robbery episode at his home in Jamaica in 1987. Only Bunny Wailer continues to perform to this day.)

Bob Marley   1962

   Judge Not

      As Bobby Martell

   One Cup of Coffee

      As Bobby Martell

Bob Marley   1965

   The Wailing Wailers


Bob Marley   1967

   Thank You Lord

Bob Marley   1970

   Soul Rebel

Bob Marley   1971

   Soul Revolution


Bob Marley   1979

   Live In Santa Barbara


   No Woman No Cry

      Filmed live in Boston



Bob Marley   1980

   Live in Salisbury

      Concert   Filmed live




  It was 1957 when Paul McCartney, age 15, joined John Lennon's band, the Quarrymen, as rhythm guitarist. Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison made their first recordings together in 1961, backing singer Tony Sheridan as the Best Brothers. Among those recordings are 'My Bonnie' and 'The Saints'. (See Tony Sheridan in UK Beat for songs recorded with him. See the Beatles for tracks recorded without him: 'Ain't She Sweet' and 'Cry For a Shadow', an instrumental.) As of this writing McCartney is 71 years old and still proving that the little engine could. McCartney has earned more than sixty gold records and sold more than 100 million albums and 100 million singles. The song he wrote with Lennon, 'Yesterday', has been covered by more than 2,200 musicians. All to say that McCartney is likely the most successful composer and performer of music in history. Perhaps the most important thing that happened to McCartney beyond the Beatles was his marriage in 1969 to Linda Eastman, with whom he collaborated and performed until her death in 1998 from cancer. McCartney will be found on any track by the Beatles, but his solo career is nothing to cough at either. His first solo excursion was the eponymously titled album, 'McCartney'. It was a totally one-man show released in April of 1970 with McCartney's announcement that he was quitting the Beatles. (Lennon had already quit during the production of the album, 'Let It Be', but was waiting for its release to make a formal announcement.) His second solo album, 'Ram', released in 1971, was a collaboration with Linda and drummer Denny Seiwell. McCartney's band, Wings, formed with Linda, Seiwell and prior Moody Blues guitarist, Denny Laine, gave its first concert in 1972 and its last in 1979. In 1980 McCartney produced another completely one-man show with the album, 'McCartney II'. As has been expressed in a number of rock n roll songs from Deep Purple to Mick Jagger, lazy is oxymoronic in the same phrase with rock n roll, such that McCartney fairly epitomizes the expression "Let's rock" (Vamanos!: Let's do it, let's go, let's move). Rock n roll is often associated with behaviors less than recommendable. But McCartney, as well as his fellow luminary in making rock and roll happen, Mick Jagger, easily represent robust health and energetic industry before they do such as alcohol or drug abuse. (Who would cite me for not saying Jagger instead of Lennon are argumentative and ought to check their attitude.) Like rock n roll itself, being anything but a history of somnambulant lullabies, "Wake up!" may be the most self-expressive command that McCartney ever uttered to anyone. Which isn't a bad legacy to leave to a world which troubles are due to such as ignorance and sloth amidst various opiates serving as badly directed "consciousness." Be as may, McCartney yet gives remarkable performances as of this writing. The majority of cuts below are live performances. McCartney plays with his band, Wings, on the tracks below for 1972 to 1976. That band released seven platinum albums. All edits for 2013 below are filmed live. All but four are with the band, Nirvana.

Paul McCartney   1970

   Junk/Singalong Junk

      Album: 'McCartney'

   Lovely Linda

      Album: 'McCartney'

   That Would Be Something

      Album: 'McCartney'

Paul McCartney   1971

   Monkberry Moon Delight

      Album: 'Ram'

Paul McCartney   1972

   Eat At Home


   My Love

      Live in Antwerp

Paul McCartney   1973


      Album: 'Band On the Run'

   Band on the Run

      Album: 'Band On the Run'

   Red Rose Speedway


Paul McCartney   1976

   Blue Bird/Listen To What the Man Said

     Filmed live 

   Maybe I'm Amazed

     Album: 'Wings Over America'

   Maybe I'm Amazed

     Filmed live

   Silly Love Songs

Paul McCartney   1980

   One Of These Days

Paul McCartney   1993

   Let It Be

    Filmed live

   We Can Work It Out/Hope Of Deliverance

    Filmed live

Paul McCartney   1999

   Lonesome Town

    Filmed live

Paul McCartney   2009

   Get Back

      Filmed live at Albert Hall

   Get Back

      Ed Sullivan/David Letterman Late Show Theater

Paul McCartney   2010


      Filmed live

Paul McCartney   2012


      Filmed live

Paul McCartney   2013

   And I Love Her


   Day Tripper

   Get Back

   Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight

   Helter Skelter

   I Saw Her Standing There

   Paperback Writer

   Let It Be

   Lovely Rita




Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

Source: Rádio Ipanema

  Guitarists Chad Stewart and Jeremy Clyde were a "sensitive" soft rock duo with a folk lean that wasn't quite pop, nor rock, nor folk. They themselves may not have known so they simplified and just called it Chad & Jeremy, releasing their first issue, 'Yesterday's Gone'/'Lemon Tree', in the UK in September of 1963. That was released in the States in April of 1964. The most influential direction in their career may have occurred during the recording of 'Yesterday's Gone'. Upon clamorous trials of the song its arranger, John Barry, told them to whisper it. Thus their soft style thereafter. 'A Summer Song' reached the No. 7 tier on the Billboard US in September of 1964. Two months later they were in the United States performing on 'American Bandstand'. 'A Summer Song' also scored No. 2 on the US Adult Contemporary. Chad & Jeremy never ranked in the Top Ten of Billboard's Hot 100 again, though they placed four more on the US AC: 'Willow Weep For Me' (#1 11/64), 'If I Loved You' (#6 2/65), 'What Do You Want with Me' (#9 4/65) and 'Before and After' (#4 5/65). The duo's debut LP, 'Yesterday's Gone', had been released in 1964. 'Three in the Attic', soundtrack to the film, was their eighth and last in the sixties as of 1968. Chad & Jeremy didn't issue another album until their reunion recordings in 1983, 'Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde' appearing the next year. The team then performed in Nevada casinos until splitting again in 1987. A reunion in 2003 for PBS brought about a tour the next year. Chad & Jeremy have performed in some or other capacity ever since and yet tour as of this writing.

Chad & Jeremy   1963

   Lemon Tree

       First issue Side B

   Yesterday's Gone

       First issue Side A

Chad & Jeremy   1964

   A Summer Song

     'American Bandstand' television program

   Willow Weep For Me

    Television performance 

Chad & Jeremy   1966

   The Way You Look Tonight

Chad & Jeremy   1968


   Three in the Attic


Chad & Jeremy   2010

   Distant Shores

    Filmed live

   Purple Haze

    Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Chad & Jeremy

Chad & Jeremy   1965

Source: WFMU

  Popular singer Cilla Black was Priscilla White until a journalist for Mersey Beat magazine got her name wrong in an article and it stuck. She was a waitress at the Zodiac coffee lounge when she made her first performance at the Casanova Club in London and began guesting Merseybeat bands. It was John Lennon who recommended Black to Brian Epstein who recommended her to George Martin of Parlophone Records, such that Black released her debut single, 'Love of the Loved', in 1963 at age seventeen (climbing to #35 on the UK chart). Though Black charted at #26 on Billboard's US Hot 100 in 1964 with 'You're My World' she disliked touring. She thus so limited engagements in the United States that, despite an appearance on the 'Ed Sullivan Show', she never developed much an audience in America. Listed below are her Top Ten singles in the United Kingdom:

'Anyone Who Had a Heart'
   February #1 UK
'You're My World'
   May #1 UK #26 US #4 AC
'It's For You'
   May #7 UK #79 US #15 AC
'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling'
   January #2 UK

'Love Is Just a Broken Heart'
   January #5 UK
   April #9 UK #95 US
'Don't Answer Me'
   May #6 UK
'Step Inside Love'
   March #8 UK
'Surround Yourself with Sorrow'
   February #3 UK
   July #7 UK
'Something Tells Me'
   November #3 UK

Black filled gaps in her music career with appearances on television either as an actress, guest or hostess. She died upon falling in her villa in Estepona, Spain, in August of 2015. 'The Very Best of Cilla Black' became her first #1 album on the UK charts the next day. All edits below for 1973 are television appearances.

Cilla Black   1963

   Love of the Loved

Cilla Black   1964

   It's For You

   You're My World

Cilla Black   1969

   Surround Yourself with Sorrow

Cilla Black   1970

   If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind

Cilla Black   1971

   Life's a Gas

      Television performance with Marc Bolan

Cilla Black   1973


   Day by Day

   I Don't Know How to Love Him

   The Long and Winding Road

   Something Tells Me


Cilla Black   1975

   Alfie Darling

   I'll Take a Tango


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Cilla Black

Cilla Black

Source: Famous Fix

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Ritchie Blackmore

Ritchie Blackmore

Photo: Helge Øverås

Source: KSHE

Best known as lead guitarist for Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore received a guitar from his father at age eleven on condition that he study classical guitar, which he did for a year, at first. He began his career as a session musician, the earliest recordings found for this history on which he appears being in 1963 with Heinz and Gunilla Thorne. Blackmore joined his first professional band, the Outlaws, in 1963 as well. It was 1968 when he joined the group that became Deep Purple. Purple first toured the States in 1968 after the issue of their second album, 'The Book Of Taliesyn'. The band scored two platinum albums in 1972: 'Machine Head' and 'Made in Japan'. In 1975 Blackmore left the band to form Rainbow, releasing 'Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow' that year. It's something peculiar that for a man who was anything but sedentary Blackmore didn't learn to drive nor own a car until 1984, the year Deep Purple reunited to release their third platinum album, 'Perfect Strangers'. Blackmore's Rainbow, with changing personnel over two decades, released its last of eight studio albums in 1995: 'Stranger in Us All'. That same year he formed Blackmore's Night with girlfriend, Candice Night, at vocals. Releasing 'Shadow of the Moon' in 1997, that group's ninth and latest studio endeavor (ensemble changing over the years but for Blackmore and Night) appeared in 2015: 'All Our Yesterdays'. Blackmore can of course be heard with Deep Purple lower on this page. The list below approaches his rather significant career apart from that band.

Ritchie Blackmore   1963

   Country Boy

      With Heinz

   Do Da Day

      With the Outlaws

   Go On Then

      With Gunilla Thorne

   Law and Order

      Film with the Outlaws: 'Live It Up'

   Return Of The Outlaws/Texan Spiritual

      With the Outlaws

   That Set The Wild West Free/Hobo

      With the Outlaws

Ritchie Blackmore   1964

   Galway Bay

      With the Outlaws

   Keep a Knockin'

      With the Outlaws

   Shake With Me

      With the Outlaws

Ritchie Blackmore   1965

   Big Fat Spider

      With Heinz

   Only For You

      With the Outlaws

Ritchie Blackmore   1975


      Debut album with Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore   1976

   Live in Kyoto

      Concert with Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore   1977

   Still I'm Sad

      Filmed live in Munich with Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore   1982

   Live in San Antonio

      Filmed concert with Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore   1984

   Live in Japan

      Filmed concert with Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore   1995

   Long Live Rock n' Roll

      Filmed live in Paris with Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore   2006

   Soldier Of Fortune

      Live in Paris with Blackmore's Night

   Carry On Jon

      Album: 'Dancer and the Moon'

      With Blackmore's Night


  Pianist and singer Gary Brooker pretty much spells Procol Harum. He began his career at age 14 by joining a band called the Paramounts (not the American doo wop group), first recording with that band on its first record released in 1963, 'Poison Ivy' b/w 'I Feel Good All Over'. The Paramounts produced several records between 1963 and 1965, including an album titled 'The Paramounts', in 1964. They didn't, however, tour America. In 1966 Brooker formed Procol Harum with lyricist Keith Reid. At the time of Procol Harum's first single, 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' (1963), Brooker's fellow band members were Matthew Fisher, David Knights, Ray Royer and Bill Eyden. Guitarist Robin Trower joined the band thereafter, in time to appear on the group's second single, 'Homburg' (1963). Procol Harum (named by its first manager, Guy Stevens, after a friend's pet cat) has been through infinite personnel changes over the years, though Brooker remains its core if only original member. Several of the recordings below are live performances.

Gary Brooker   1963

   I Feel Good All Over

      With the Paramounts   First Release   Side B

   Poison Ivy

      With the Paramounts   First Release   Side A

Gary Brooker & Procol Harum   1967



      Second single   Video

   A Whiter Shade of Pale

      First single   Video

Gary Brooker & Procol Harum   1970

   A Dead Man's Dream

Gary Brooker & Procol Harum   1971

   Broken Barricades


   Power Failure

     Filmed live

Gary Brooker & Procol Harum   1976

   So Far Behind

Gary Brooker & Procol Harum   1977

   A Salty Dog

     Filmed live

Gary Brooker & Procol Harum   1992

   The King of Hearts

    Live in Boston 

Gary Brooker & Procol Harum   2003

   This World is Rich

     Live in Cologne

Gary Brooker & Procol Harum   2014

   A Whiter Shade of Pale

    Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Gary Brooker

Gary Brooker

Source: Procul Harum

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce

Source: Longshot's Blog

Born in Scotland, bass guitarist Jack Bruce had won a scholarship to study cello at the Royal Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow. It being necessary to eat and pay rent, Bruce also played in Jim McHarg's Scotsville Jazzband, jazz a style of music that the Academy disapproved. Faced with the choice of staying in school without jazz, or leaving school with jazz, Bruce took off for Italy, playing double bass with the Murray Campbell Big Band. Upon his return to Great Britain Bruce joined Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, playing upright bass, in 1962. Organist Graham Bond and drummer Ginger Baker were also members of Blues Incorporated, with whom he helped form the Graham Bond Quartet in 1963 upon recruiting guitarist John McLaughlin. It is with the Graham Bond Quartet, to become the Graham Bond Organisation, that Bruce switched from upright bass to bass guitar and made his earliest known recordings. As Baker and Bruce couldn't get along, Bruce left that band in 1965 to endeavor a solo career, recording 'I'm Gettin' Tired' with Polydor Records. He then joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, appearing on the 1966 album, 'Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton'. He also joined Manfred Mann in 1966, as well as Clapton's Powerhouse. It was 1966 as well when he and Baker found a way to tolerate each other enough to join Eric Clapton in the formation of the power trio, Cream. It was at that time that one of the most important associations of his career to come began with lyricist, Pete Brown. But differences between Baker and Bruce saw to the disbanding of Cream in 1968, after which Bruce released his first solo album in 1969: 'Songs for a Tailor', followed by 'Things We Like' in 1970 and 'Harmony Row' in 1971. West, Bruce and Lang was formed in 1972 with guitarist, Leslie West, and drummer, Corky Laing. That group issued three albums before its demise in '74, the same year Bruce released his fourth solo album, 'Out of the Storm'. The eighties saw more albums and session work. In 1981 the power trio, BLT (Bruce - Lordan - Trower), was formed with Bill Lordan and Robin Trower, releasing 'B.L.T.' that year. Bruce's initial collaborations with percussionist and producer, Kip Hanrahan, commenced in 1983, ultimately resulting in five albums. Work reuniting him with Baker began occurring at the cusp of the nineties, both recording and touring. The power trio, BBM (Bruce - Baker - Moore), was formed  in 1993 with Gary Moore. To the result of the album, 'Around the Next Dream', BBM was then disbanded, Baker and Bruce unable to get along as of old. 1997 saw Bruce touring with Ringo Starr until 2000. Work into the new millennium included solo albums as in the nineties, as well as yet another reunion with now ancient nemesis, Baker, in a series of concerts at Royal Albert Hall with Eric Clapton in 2005. That resulted in the album, 'Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005', issued that October. 2009 saw reunion with Trower for a series of concerts in Europe, as well as the release of Bruce's solo CD, 'Automatic'. Leading a very active career which this brief account can but approach, Bruce returned to his love for Latin music (initially explored in 1983 per Kip Hanrahan) in 2012, residing in Havana for a time to play mambo in the band of Augusto Enriquez. Bruce's last solo album was released in 2014: 'Silver Rails'. He died seven months later in October 2014 of liver disease. See Cream for Jack Bruce with that band.

Jack Bruce   1963

   I Saw Her Standing There

       With the Graham Bond Quartet

       Vocal: Duffy Power

Jack Bruce   1964

   Early In The Morning

       Live with the Graham Bond Organisation

   Wade In The Water/Big Boss Man

       Live with the Graham Bond Organisation

Jack Bruce   1965

   Hoochie Coochie Man

       Filmed live with the Graham Bond Organisation

Jack Bruce   1966

   Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton


Jack Bruce   1969

   The Ministry Of Bag

      Album: 'Songs for a Tailor'

   Never Tell Your Mother She's Out Of Tune

      Album: 'Songs for a Tailor'

   Weird of Hermiston

      Album: 'Songs for a Tailor'

Jack Bruce   1970

   Born to Be Blue

      Album: 'Things We Like'

Jack Bruce   1971

   Victoria Sage

      Album: 'Harmony Row'

Jack Bruce   1975

   Keep It Down

      Filmed live with Mick Taylor

   Morning Story

      Filmed live with Mick Taylor

Jack Bruce   1980

   Bird Alone

      Jack Bruce & Friends for 'Rockpalast'

Jack Bruce   1984

   Shadow Song (Mario's In)

      Percussion: Kip Hanrahan

    Album: 'Vertical's Currency'

Jack Bruce   1988

   Sunshine Of Your Love

      Live with Eric Clapton

      The Bottom Line Club

Jack Bruce   1990

   Hey Now Princess

      With Ginger Baker

       'David Letterman Show'


      With Rory Gallagher for Rockpalast

Jack Bruce   1993

   Rockpalast 1993

      BBM (Bruce - Baker - Moore)

Jack Bruce   1998

   White Room

      Filmed with Gary Husband & Gary Moore

Jack Bruce   2011

   Born Under a Bad Sign

      Filmed live with the Norman Beaker Band


  Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale (also JJ Cale) meets the requirements to be a British invasion musician on this page: arrives to America on foot to play music and releases vinyl before 1970. Cale was actually sent by MI5 to gather intelligence prior to the Beatles onslaught. Cale arrived to the States in 1963, early enough to appear on the television show, 'I've Got a Secret', in September of that year (secret indeed, as in secret service). The "secret" was that Cale had performed an eighteen hour piano solo, 'Vexations', which only one member of the audience stayed to hear to its end, its composer, Érik Satie. This was all an elaborate orchestration by the conspiratorial British but to thumb their noses at the American public, pretending one secret, all the better in broad daylight, while keeping the real ones hidden. (The Queen, watching the broadcast, not only spilled her tea with an uncontrollable guffaw, but spewed it from her mouth, staining Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's white shirt.) In 1965 Cale formed the band, Velvet Underground, with American rocker, Lou Reed. In 1967 Velvet Underground released their first vinyl, 'Loop', a vexing piece that Cale had recorded in 1964. (Flexidisc copies were given away freely with issues of Aspen Magazine in order to permanently baffle the minds of the poor.) Cale quit the Underground ("underground" indeed) in 1968, after which he released his first solo album, 'Vintage Violence', in 1970. Neither Cale nor Reed have ever faced charges for espionage, evidence of something pretty fishy lurking in the deep. Given carte blanche to twist the collective mind of the American public, Cale then released the album, "Church of Anthrax' in '71 with Terry Riley, then the classical oriented, 'The Academy in Peril', in 1972. 'Paris 1919' followed in '73. Cale was back in London for the release of his fifth album, 'Fear', in 1974, followed by 'Slow Dazzle' and 'Helen of Troy' in '75. The EP, 'Animal Justice', arrived in 1977, followed by the punk rock oriented 'Sabotage/Live' in '79. Among albums released in the eighties were 'Honi Soit' ('81), 'Music for a New Society' ('82), 'Caribbean Sunset' ('84), 'John Cale Comes Alive' ('84) and 'Artificial Intelligence' ('85). Cale and Reed reunited for 'Songs for Drella', issued in 1990. 'Walking on Locusts' appeared in 1996. His autobiography, 'What's Welsh for Zen?', appeared in 1999, written with Victor Bockris. Cale's EP, 'Five Tracks', appeared in 2003 as well as the album, 'HoboSapiens'. 'BlackAcetate' arrived in 2005, followed by the double-sleeve 'Circus Live' in '07. 'Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood', Cale's latest studio endeavor, was issued in 2012. Cale yet actively performs as of this writing. Albeit Velvet Underground was an American band, they are Cale's vocals on a couple samples below, as well as Cale playing organ on 'Sister Ray'.

John Cale   1963

   Variations on Vexations

     'I've Got a Secret'

John Cale   1967


      Recorded 1964

      Released as Velvet Underground debut

John Cale   1968

   The Gift

      Album: 'White Light/White Heat'

      With Velvet Underground

   Lady Godiva's Operation

      Album: 'White Light/White Heat'

      With Velvet Underground

   Sister Ray

      Album: 'White Light/White Heat'

      With Velvet Underground

John Cale   1970

   Ghost Story

      Album 'Vintage Violence'

   Gideon's Bible

      Album 'Vintage Violence'

   Hello There

      Album 'Vintage Violence'

John Cale   1971

   Church of Anthrax

      Album: 'Church of Anthrax'

      With Terry Riley

   The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace at Versailles

      Album: 'Church of Anthrax'

      With Terry Riley

   Ides of March

      Album: 'Church of Anthrax'

      With Terry Riley

   The Soul of Patrick Lee

      Album: 'Church of Anthrax'

      With Terry Riley   Vocal: Adam Miller

John Cale   1972


      Album: 'The Academy in Peril'

   Days of Steam

      Album: 'The Academy in Peril'

   King Harry

      Album: 'The Academy in Peril'

   Legs Larry At Television Center

       Album: 'The Academy in Peril'

   The Philosopher

      Album: 'The Academy in Peril'

John Cale   1973

   Paris 1919

      Album: 'Paris 1919'

John Cale   1974


     Album: 'Fear'

John Cale   1975

   Heartbreak Hotel

John Cale   1981

   Honi Soit

      Album: 'Honi Soit'

John Cale   1983

   I Keep a Close Watch

     Filmed live

John Cale   1984

   Caribbean Sunset

      Filmed live for 'Rockpalast'

   Mercenaries (Ready For War)

      Filmed live for 'Rockpalast'

   Pablo Picasso/Love Me Two Times

      Filmed live for 'Rockpalast'

John Cale   1990

   Wrong Way Up

      Album with Brian Eno

John Cale   2012

   You Know More Than I Know/December Rains

       Filmed live on KEXP

    I Wanna Talk To You/Guts

       Filmed live on KEXP

John Cale   2013

   Captain Hook

      Live in Paris


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: John Cale

John Cale

Source: Paste

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

Source: CT Touring

Born in Ripley, Surrey, Eric Clapton first recorded in 1963 with the Yardbirds. In 1965 the Yardbirds began to pursue a more commercial sound, prompting Clapton to leave the band and join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, the better to examine blues guitar. (Clapton can be found playing with the Bluesbreakers under John Mayall for the years 1965 - 1966.) Clapton joined the rock band, Cream, in 1966, with whom he played until helping to form the band, Blind Faith, in 1969. That same year he accompanied Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, before forming Derek and the Dominos in 1970. Albeit Clapton's career first went stellar as a rock n roll musician with Cream he early distinguished himself as a blues guitarist from the Yardbirds onward and would later join such as BB King as among the elite of the greatest blues musicians of the 20th century. Much more Eric Clapton will thus be found in Blues 3, including other early pieces with the Yardbirds, tracks performed with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and edits with Delaney & Bonnie. More Cream and Blind Faith under Ginger Baker above. Also more Clapton under Steve Winwood lower on this page. As for samples below, find a couple of edits from the ARMS Concert at Royal Albert Hall in 1983, during which Clapton plays alongside Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Also find 'Concert For George' as of 2003, staged with Ravi Shankar in honor of George Harrison who had died in 2001.

Eric Clapton   1963

   Let It Rock

      Composition: Chuck Berry

      With the Yardbirds

   You Can't Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover

      With the Yardbirds

Eric Clapton   1964

   Good Morning Little School Girl

      With the Yardbirds

Eric Clapton   1966

   Steppin' Out

      Live with Cream

Eric Clapton   1969

   Can't Find My Way Home

      Live with Blind Faith

   Do What You Like

      Live with Blind Faith

   Had to Cry Today

      With Blind Faith

   In the Presence of the Lord

      Live with Blind Faith

   Means to an End

      Live with Blind Faith

   Sea of Joy

      With Blind Faith

   Time Winds

      With Blind Faith

   Under My Thumb

    Live with Blind Faith

      Composition: Keith Richards/Mick Jagger

Eric Clapton   1970


      With Derek and the Dominos

Eric Clapton   1974

   Motherless Children

     Album: '461 Ocean Boulevard' 

Eric Clapton   1983


      ARMS Concert   Royal Albert Hall

   Tulsa Time

      ARMS Concert   Royal Albert Hall

Eric Clapton   1999

   Change the World

      Filmed live at Madison Square Garden

Eric Clapton   2001

   She's Gone

      Filmed live in Japan

Eric Clapton   2003

   Concert For George

      Filmed live at Albert Hall

Eric Clapton   2007


      Filmed live

   My Father's Eyes

      Filmed live

   Wonderful Tonight

      Filmed live

Eric Clapton   2010

   I Shot the Sheriff

      Filmed live at Madison Square Garden

   Moon River

     Filmed live at Madison Square Garden

      With Jeff Beck

   Rock and Roll Heart

      Filmed live at Madison Square Garden


  Vocalist Julie Driscoll came to represent what was called "mod" in British society at the time. Driscoll began her career as a pop singer, largely made her name in association with organist Brian Auger, then shifted toward jazz in the early seventies upon starting a decades-long partnership with pianist, Keith Tippett, whom she married in 1970 (Driscoll to assume the name of Julie Tippetts). Driscoll's first record release in 1963 isn't found at YouTube: 'Take Me by the Hand' b/w 'Stay Away From Me'. She later sang with Long John Baldry's group, the Hoochie Coochie Men, Rod Stewart also a member. She and Stewart stuck with Baldry upon the disbanding of the Hoochie Coochie Men to become Baldry's Steampacket with Brian Auger and Brian Waller (drums), et al, to record titles in December of 1965 first issued in France in 1972 on 'Rock Generation Vol 6: The Steampacket', later in the UK in 1977 on 'The First Supergroup'. She joined Auger upon the formation of Trinity in 1967, with which she first toured the United States. Her association with Auger would come to about seven albums of original material from 'Open' with Trinity in '67 to 'Encore' in 1978. Driscoll had released her first solo album, '1969', in 1971. She's led or co-led around fifteen others including duos with Keith, 'Couple In Spirit' and 'Couple In Spirit II', in 1988 and 1996. She's appeared with Keith on about 21 albums containing original material. Among her recent recordings were 'Serpentine' with Martin Archer in 2012, 'The Dance of Her Returning' in October 2014 on Keith's 'The Nine Dances of Patrick O'Gonogon', and 'Murmuration' gone down in early 2016 for Blazing Flame with Keith, Steve Day, Peter Evans, et al. Among other operations with which Tippetts has recorded are the Spontaneous Music Ensemble with Trevor Watts in 1971 and the Dedication Orchestra in '92 and '94, Keith also in the latter. All edits below for years 1967 through 1969 are with Brian Auger and Trinity. All tracks from 1971 onward are with husband, Keith Tippett, unless otherwise noted.

Julie Driscoll   1965

   Don't Do It No More

   I Know You

   I Feel Alright

    Filmed live with Eric Burdon, Long John Baldry, Steve Windwood, Rod Stewart

Julie Driscoll   1967

   Bouton Rouge Sessions

     Filmed live with Brian Auger

   Save Me

     Music video

Julie Driscoll   1968

   Season of the Witch

    Music video

      Original composition: Donovan Leitch

   This Wheel's On Fire

     Filmed live

Julie Driscoll   1969

   I Got Life

      Musical: 'Hair'

   Road to Cairo

     Filmed live

   When I Was Young

Julie Driscoll   1971

   Break Out

      Album: '1969'


      Album: '1969'

   Those That We Love

      Album: '1969'

Julie Driscoll   1972


      Album: 'Blueprint'

Julie Driscoll   1975

   Sunset Glow

      Album: 'Sunset Glow'

Julie Driscoll   1977

   Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

      Album: 'Encore'   With Brian Auger

   Git Up

      Album: 'Encore'   With Brian Auger


      Album: 'Encore'   With Brian Auger

Julie Driscoll   1984

   Storm of Life

      With Working Week

Julie Driscoll   2009

   Lapis Blue

      Album: 'Nostalgia 77 Sessions'

   New Inner City Blues

      Album: 'Nostalgia 77 Sessions'


      Album: 'Nostalgia 77 Sessions'

Julie Driscoll   2011

   Couple In Spirit

     Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Julie Driscoll

Julie Driscoll

Source: Last FM

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Freddie & the Dreamers

Freddie & the Dreamers

Source: Heroine in Training

Formed in Manchester, Freddie and the Dreamers consisted of Freddie Garrity (vocals), Roy Crewdson (guitar), Derek Quinn (guitar and harmonica), Peter Birrell (bass) and Bernie Dwyer (drums). It is thought that 'If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody' with 'Feel So Blue' was their first 45 release, followed by 'I'm Telling You Now' with 'What Have I Done To You?', then 'You Were Made For Me'/'Send A Letter To Me' their third. Although the Dreamers reached Billboard's Hot 100 top slot in 1965 with 'I'm Telling You Now', then ranked 18 with 'Do the Freddie', the group never acquired much prestige in America. One version or another of the Dreamers have toured into the new millennium, though Garrity himself retired in 2001 and died in May of 2006. Dwyer had died in 2002. As to the other original members, it is thought that Crewdson currently runs a bar called Dreamers in Tenerife, Barrell drives a taxi, and Quinn works in distribution in Chexhire.

Freddie & the Dreamers   1963

   Feel So Blue

      First release Side B

   If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody

      First release Side A

   I'm Telling You Now

      Second release Side A

   Send A Letter To Me

      Third release Side B

   What Have I Done to You

      Second release Side B

   You Were Made For Me

      Third release Side A

Freddie & the Dreamers   1964

   Don't Do That to Me

      Film: 'Every Day's A Holiday'

Freddie & the Dreamers   1965

   Do the Freddie

   I Understand

   A Little You

   You Were Made For Me

      'Shindig' television program 

Freddie & the Dreamers   1966

   Heigh Ho

   Run For Your Life

     Filmed live in Germany

   Turn Around


  Among the more successful British invasion bands was the Hollies, first formed by Allan Clarke and Graham Nash as a duo called Ricky and Dane Young. In 1962 they merged together with a band named the Fourtones and changed their title to the Hollies in December of that year for their first gig at the Oasis Club in Manchester. (Their name was both in reference to Christmas holly and in homage to Buddy Holly). Bernie Calvert (bass) and Tony Hicks were in the Hollies when they released their debut single in May of 1963, a cover of the Coasters tune, '(Ain't That) Just Like Me', which reached the 25 slot on the UK Singles Chart. Their second release, 'Searchin'', also a Coasters cover, was released the same year to reach the 12 spot. Bobby Elliott joined the band on drums in August of '63'. 'Bus Stop' in 1965 was the Hollies' first Top Ten single in the States, leading to the album by the same name. In 1968 Nash would leave the Hollies after their recording of 'Listen to Me' to join David Crosby and Stephen Stills in California, forming the trio, Crosby, Stills & Nash. Nash was replaced by guitarist, Terry Sylvester, he first appearing on 'Hollies Sing Dylan' in 1969. Leadman, Clarke, left the Hollies after their release of the album, 'Distant Light', in 1971, he replaced by Mikael Rickfors. Rickfors appeared on the albums, 'Romany' ('72) and 'Out on the Road' ('73). Clarke returned to the Hollies in 1973. But by the time the Hollies issued 'Clarke, Hicks, Sylvester, Calvert, Elliott' in 1977 their popularity in the States had largely waned, though the band remained hugely successful in Europe. The group, minus Calvert and Sylvester as of '81, issued its last studio album in 1983: 'What Goes Around . . .' That album featured Nash who had begun working with the Hollies again in '81. Clarke, Hicks, Elliott and Nash were recorded on tour in '83, though that wasn't released until 'Archive Alive' in 1997. The original Hollies were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2006, but it was very different Hollies that issued 'Staying Power' that year with Peter Howarth at vocals. The original group was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. New versions of the band continue to perform as of this writing.

The Hollies   1963

   (Ain't That) Just Like Me

      Original composition: The Coasters


      Original composition: The Coasters

The Hollies   1964

   Just One Look

   We're Through

The Hollies   1965

   Bus Stop

   Look Through Any Window

      Television performance

   Yes I Will

The Hollies   1966

   I Can't Let Go

The Hollies   1967

   Carrie Anne

   Leave Me

The Hollies   1968

   Listen to Me

   Man With No Expression

The Hollies   1969

   Carrie Anne

      Filmed live

The Hollies   1970

   Gasoline Alley Bred

      Filmed live

The Hollies   1971

   Pull Down the Blind

      Filmed live

The Hollies   1972

   Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress

      Filmed live

The Hollies   1973

   The Air That I Breathe

The Hollies   1974

   I'm Down

The Hollies   1975

   Another Night

     Album: 'Another Night'

   He Ain't Heavy

      Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Hollies

The Hollies

Source: Gov Teen

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Source: Mick Jagger Blox

Vocalist Mick Jagger was rather an anomaly when it comes to rock n roll and school. Unlike the norm for kids with better things to do than go to class, such as Keith Richards getting tossed from Sidcup Art College for truancy (preferring to practice Chuck Berry songs on guitar), Jagger pursued his studies diligently, taking business courses at the London School of Economics with notions of becoming a journalist or politician. He was, however, a vocalist in a group called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys when (on his way to school) he met Richards on the metro train. He happened to have records by Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters with him, such that common interest found Keith joining Jagger's band. As the pair was hopping London's clubs one evening they met Brian Jones, a talented slide guitarist for Blues Incorporated, who wanted to form his own band. The three rented a flat together and would soon become the Rollin' Stones, with small notion what was brewing in the kettle: the singular band so synonymously representative of rock n roll that, did one have to choose for some historian three hundred years from now one band to define rock n roll, all others for want of space to be struck from the record, in the opinion of this writer there is no question that that band would have to be the Rolling Stones. (The Beatles explored rock expansively; the Stones were rock barebones.) As for Jagger, he's been that band's frontman for half a century, verily an indisputable master of the rock n roll realm such that were rock n roll a university one should find Jagger at it's chair. As for economics, but one example is Jagger's negotiations with Bill Gates, 12 years younger than he, as to the use of the Stones' song 'Start Me Up' to launch 'Windows '95' (see Rolling Stones on this page). But Jagger's wealth compared to Gates fits into a walnut shell, being worth only a paltry 200 something million. That places him quite firmly amidst the 1% (requiring only a puny eight million), albeit a pathetic example of wealth to yet others. Howsoever, one finds Jagger to be far more than only a model of hardworking industry, a savvy businessman, the frontman for the definitive rock n roll band of the 20th century, a gifted songwriter (largely in collaboration with Keith Richards) and an uncompromising stage performer. Jagger danced his way expressly to the front page of the most influential people in human history. Rock n roll was among the most significant influences upon the global zeitgeist during the 20th century, with Jagger at its vanguard. Mick Jagger can of course be heard on any Rolling Stones recording. The entries below concern his career apart from the Stones, albeit his first solo album didn't occur until 1985 with 'She's the Boss', followed by 'Primitive Cool" in 1987.

Mick Jagger   1970

   Memo From Turner

      For the film 'Performance'

      Slide guitar: Ry Cooder

Mick Jagger   1985

   Just Another Night

      Album: 'She's the Boss'

   Just Another Night

      Filmed live at Live Aid

   She's the Boss

      Album: 'She's the Boss'

Mick Jagger   1987

   Let's Work

      Album: 'Primitive Cool'

   Primitive Cool

      Album: 'Primitive Cool'

Mick Jagger   1988

   Harlem Shuffle

      Filmed live in Tokyo with Joe Satriani

Mick Jagger   1993

   Angel In My Heart

     Album: 'Wandering Spirit'

   Evening Gown

      Filmed live in NYC

   Hang On to Me Tonight

     Album: 'Wandering Spirit'

   Out of Focus

      Music video

   Sweet Thing

    Album: 'Wandering Spirit'

   Wandering Spirit

     Album: 'Wandering Spirit'

Mick Jagger   2001

   Don't Call Me Up

      Album: 'Goddess In the Doorway'

   God Gave Me Everything

      Album: 'Goddess In the Doorway'

Mick Jagger   2004

   Old Habits Die Hard

      For the film 'Alfie'

Mick Jagger   2007

   The Blues Sessions

      Recorded 1992

Mick Jagger   2012

   It's Only Rock `n Roll

      Live with the Foo Fighters

   Presidential Election Blues

      Live with Jeff Beck

Mick Jagger   2013

   The Last Time

      Live with Arcade Fire


Wayne Fontana as Lady Justice

Wayne Fontana

Crown Derby Court   2007

Source: Streamingoldies
Wayne Fontana founded the Mindbenders in 1963 at age eighteen. Taking its name from the British film starring Dirk Bogarde, 'The Mind Benders', the original group consisted of Bob Lang, Ric Rothwell and Eric Stewart, but would see personnel changes. Fontana remained with the Mindbenders long enough to participate in the group's first Top Ten single in the United States in 1965, 'Game of Love' 'topping the chart at #1. Fontana, however, had left the band for a solo career before its next issue of the US Top Ten single in '65, 'A Groovy Kind of Love' climbing to #2. Fontana's debut solo single was 'It Was Easier To Hurt Her' in '65 as well. The Mindbenders disbanded in 1968 having left several albums behind. Their last 45 of original material was issued August 1968: 'Uncle Joe, The Ice Cream Man' bw 'The Man Who Loved Trees'. Lang was replaced by Graham Gouldman on that. Gouldman would move on to Hot Legs, then 10cc. Fontana continued recording into the seventies, his last issue thought to have been 'The Last Bus Home' bw 'Give Me Just a Little Bit' in July of 1976. He then fell into obscurity until 2005 when he set fire to a bill collector's car with gasoline, with the bailiff in it. He then showed up at Derby Crown Court in 2007 masquerading as Lady Justice. Sentenced to the term he'd already served for torching the car, eleven months, he then imagined a different reality in Spain.

Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders   1963

   For You For You

       Second release   Side A

   Hello Josephine

      First release   Side A

   Love Potion No. 9

      Second release   Side B

   Road Runner

      First release   Side B

Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders   1964

   Um, Um, Um, Um, Um

Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders   1965

   Game Of Love

      Television appearance

   Just a Little Bit Too Late

      Television appearance

   She Needs Love

Wayne Fontana   1966

   Come On Home

Wayne Fontana   1967


   Pamela Pamela

The Mindbenders   1967

   We'll Talk About It Tomorrow

Wayne Fontana   1968

   Mind Excursion

Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders   2001

   Groovy Kind of Love

      Filmed live

Wayne Fontana   2009

   Pamela Pamela

      Filmed live


The Mindbenders

Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders

Source: Rock Archeologia

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Van Morrison

Van Morrison

Source: Song Mango

Irish vocalist, Van Morrison, was born in 1945. He launched his career at age seventeen as a saxophone player with a band called the Monarchs. He was with that band in Cologne, Germany, when he made his first recordings in November of 1963 at Ariola Studios, playing sax on 'Boozoo Hully Gully' bw 'Twingy Baby'. Vocals were by George Jones and the band for that session called Georgie and the Monarchs. Though that 45 was issued, in Germany only, no release dates are discovered. With a recording date of November (no more precise date found) those tracks may not have been released until early 1964. But late 1963 may not have been impossible, so we tentatively go with it. In any case, those songs aren't found at YouTube but are available on a CD titled 'Here Comes Van Morrison', released in 2008. Morrison then played in a band called the Golden Eagles before launching the group, The Them, in 1964 in Belfast. It was a fan's recording of 'Turn On Your Love Light' at one of the band's performances at the Maritime Hotel which resulted in a recording contract the same year with Decca, among the tunes recorded that year being 'Don't Start Crying Now' b/w 'One Two Brown Eyes', 'Baby Please Don't Go' b/w 'Gloria', 'Groovin', 'Philosophy', 'Turn on Your Love Light' and Bo Diddley's 'You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover'. In 1965 they released their first album titled, 'The Angry Young Them' (containing 'Gloria'). Their second and last album, 'Them Again', was released in 1966. Although the Them toured the States in 1966 they garnered no great success in America. Not until Morrison left the band in 1966 to pursue a solo career did he rocket galactic with 'Brown Eyed Girl' in 1967 (22 takes the day it was recorded to get it to satisfaction). That single appeared on Morrison's debut solo album, 'Blowin' Your Mind!', released the same year. Morrison moved to Boston after that to record his second studio album, 'Astral Weeks', issued in 1968. 'Moondance' and 'His Band and the Street Choir' followed in 1970. 'Moondance was Morrison's first LP to sell a million copies. 'Tupelo Honey' followed in '71. 'Saint Dominic's Preview' in '72 was Morrison's highest charting album of the 20th century. 'Hard Nose the Highway' followed in '73, 'It's Too Late to Stop Now' and 'Veedon Fleece' in '74. In 1976 Morrison appeared with The Band on Thanksgiving Day at a concert that would be released as 'The Last Waltz' in 1978. Martin Scorsese directed the documentary by the same title. Morrison's 'A Period of Transition' arrived in '77 and 'Wavelength' in '78. Morrison's brand of rock had folk and jazz airs that audiences took rather more seriously than such as Mrs. Brown's lovely daughter, toward the result that to this day Van Morrison is regarded as among the most distinguished and important of rock musicians. He dove into the eighties with the release of 'Common One' in 1980, followed by 'Beautiful Vision' in '82, 'Inarticulate Speech of the Heart' in '83, 'A Sense of Wonder' in '85 and 'No Guru, No Method, No Teacher' in '86. 'Irish Heartbeat' of '88 was a collection of Irish folk songs recorded with the Chieftans. 'Avalon Sunset' appeared in '89. The nineties commenced with the issue of 'Enlightenment' in 1990, followed by the double-sleeve 'Hymns to the Silence' in '91. Morrison's 22nd LP, 'Too Long in Exile', was released in '93. The double-sleeve live album, 'A Night in San Francisco', followed in '94. 'Days Like This', 'How Long Has This Been Going On' and 'Tell Me Something' were released in '96, followed by 'The Healing Game' in '97, 'The Philosopher's Stone' in '98 and 'Back On Top' in '99. Morrison entered the new millennium with the release of 'The Skiffle Sessions', recorded live in Belfast in 1998. 'Down the Road' followed in 2002. 'Magic Time' emerged in 2005. In 2006 Morrison issued the double-sleeve 'Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now', a philanthropic effort to raise money for the victims of hurricanes, Katrina and Rita. 'Pay the Devil' ensued the same year. A couple of live productions followed before the 2008 release of 'Keep It Simple'. Morrison's 34th studio release was 'Born to Sing: No Plan B' in 2012. 'Duets: Re-working the Catalogue' appeared in 2015. All tracks below from 1964 through 1966 are Van Morrison with the Them, chronological by year, alphabetical thereafter. Several later edits below are live performances.

Van Morrison   1964

   Baby Please Don't Go

      Television performance

   Don't Start Crying Now

   One Two Brown Eyes

Van Morrison   1965

   The Angry Young Them

      Debut album by The Them

   Here Comes the Night

Van Morrison   1966

   Turn on Your Love Light

      Album: 'Them Again'

Van Morrison   1967

   Brown Eyed Girl

Van Morrison   1970




      Live version

Van Morrison   1979

   Bright Side of the Road

   Moonshine Whiskey

     Filmed live


     Filmed live

   St. Dominics Preview

     Filmed live

Van Morrison   1980

   Live in Montreux

     Filmed concert

   Tupelo Honey

    Filmed live in Ireland

Van Morrison   1989

   Whenever God Shines His Light On Me

     'David Letterman Show' with Georgie Fame

Van Morrison   1997

   This Weight

   Tupelo Honey/Why Must I Always Explain

    Montreux Jazz Festival

Van Morrison   2013

   Going Down to Monte Carlo

    Filmed live in Belfast


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Them

The Them

Source: All Dylan

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Nico

Nico   1983

Source: AG Nauta Couture

Germany was, of course, no part of the United Kingdom. But it was the main "foreign" country in which early British rock musicians toured, Hamburg the favored destination in particular, which citizens were far more familiar with British musicians and the UK beat than were Americans. One could thus call Nico, born in Cologne, an ally of the British invasion, although she had made New York her home base for ten years before her debut record release. Born Christa Päffgen in 1938, she began her professional life at age 16 as a model in Berlin, at which time she changed her name to Nico, then moved to Paris to work for a number of fashion magazines. At age seventeen she migrated to New York City where she continued her modeling career and did television commercials. During the decade prior to her first record release Nico traveled back and forth between Europe and America, meanwhile landing roles in several films, resulting in her first recording in 1963, 'Striptease', a soundtrack to the Poitrenaud film, 'Strip-Tease' (not released for audio until 2001). Nico's first performance as a vocalist had been in December of '63 at the Blue Angel nightclub in NYC. She released her first record, 'I'm Not Sayin'' b/w 'The Last Mile', in 1965. The next year she joined Lou Reed's Velvet Underground. Nico's first solo album, 'Chelsea Girl', appeared in 1967. Her second, 'The Marble Index', followed the next year, which some cite as the first goth album. (If Julie Driscoll represented British "mod" Nico's interest was bohemia.) During the seventies Nico issued the albums, 'Desertshore' ('70) and 'The End' ('74). She also made several films during the seventies with director, Philippe Garrel, her first role as an actress in 'La Cicatrice Intérieure' of 1972. It was 1978 that Nico began supporting punk bands, notably the goth band, Siouxsie & the Banshees. She filled out  the seventies touring in the States in '79. 'Drama of Exile' was released in '81, Nico moving to Manchester during the early eighties. 1982 saw the release of two live albums, 'Do Or Die' and 'En Personne En Europe'. Nico's last studio album, 'Camera Obscura', was released in 1985 with her backing band, the Faction, after which she toured internationally the next few years. She gave her last performance in 1988 at a show called 'Fata Morgana' in West Berlin, the live album released in 1994. 'Behind the Iron Curtain', issued in '1995, was a compilation of live performances in Eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Nico's final recording was with Marc Almond on 'Your Kisses Burn', issued in September '88 on Almond's album, 'The Stars We Are'. That had been recorded about a month before Nico's death in July of '88 while vacationing in Ibiza off the coast of Spain. She'd suffered a heart attack while bicycling but died of cerebral hemorrhage from hitting her head upon falling. She was interred in Berlin.

Nico   1963


      Soundtrack: 'Strip-Tease'

Nico   1965

   I'm Not Sayin'

   The Last Mile

Nico   1966

   I'll Be Your Mirror

      With Velvet Underground

      Film by Andy Warhol

Nico   1967

   Chelsea Girl

      Debut solo album

   The Velvet Underground & Nico

      Album with Velvet Underground

Nico   1968

   The Marble Index

      Second solo album

Nico   1970


      Third solo album

Nico   1974

   The End

      Fourth solo album

Nico   1982

   All Tomorrow's Parties

      Filmed live

   Do Or Die: Diary 1982

      Live album

Nico   1986

   Fearfully In Danger

      Album: 'Camera Obscura'   With the Factions


  Guitarist Keith Richards was born in Dartford, Kent, in December of '43. He was an art student when he first met Mick Jagger, an economics student, on the metro train. Jagger was also singing in a band called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys which Richards then joined. In 1962 Richards moved into a flat with Jagger and Brian Jones to better focus on the creation of a blues band with pianist Ian Stewart. Upon recruiting bassist Dick Taylor and drummer Mick Avory the Rolling Stones (Rollin' Stones at first) played their first gig at the Marquee Club in July that same year. Richards has been Jagger's main partner in crimes against the American public ever since, joining Jagger in the composition of nearly 120 Stones' songs. Albeit not the vocalist that Jagger was (the ever present cigarette not much assistance), Richards sang or contributed to lead vocals on nearly thirty Rolling Stones tracks. Richards' career was filled with guest appearances with numerous artists from the Beatles to Tom Waits, many more than his five drug related arrests between '67 and '78. Richards can be heard on any Rolling Stones recording. The material below approaches his career apart from the Stones, releasing his first solo single, 'Run Rudolph Run' in 1978. It was 1987 when Richards formed the band, the X-Pensive Winos, releasing the album, 'Talk Is Cheap', the next year, his first of two solo tours of the States ensuing. Into the new millennium Richards appeared in the third and fourth installments of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films as Captain Teague ('At World's End in 2007 and 'On Stranger Tides' in 2011). He also stars as Captain Teague in the fifth sequence of that film, 'Dead Men Tell No Tales', scheduled for release in July 2017. 2009 saw the publication of Richards' autobiography, 'Life', written with James Fox. Generally perceived as the member of the Stones that one's parents would be least likely to recommend, that's largely but a public persona that's stuck since the sixties and seventies when he registered as one of rock and roll's principal bad boys, like he was the only in that band in its early years. He's since then kept pace with Jagger for decades, a highly professional musician beneath a mask of seeming to take all things at the circus fairly lightly, due a character trait which likes to make what's difficult look easy. He's also done very nicely for himself, owning homes in the Caribbean, Connecticut and Sussex, and has been cited for his large home libraries.

Keith Richards   1974

   Dust My Broom/Twistin' the Night Away

      Filmed live with the Faces

Keith Richards   1978

   Run Rudolph Run

   The Harder They Come

Keith Richards   1988

   Big Enough

      Filmed live

   Big Enough

      Album: 'Talk Is Cheap'

   Locked Away

      Filmed live


      Album: 'Talk Is Cheap'

   Take It So Hard

      Album: 'Talk Is Cheap'

   You Don't Move Me

      Album: 'Talk Is Cheap'

Keith Richards   1992


      Filmed live in Köln, Germany

   Take It So Hard


      Filmed live in Köln, Germany

   Wicked As It Seems

      Filmed live in Köln, Germany

Keith Richards   2002

   Dead Flowers

      Filmed live with Willie Nelson

Keith Richards   2013

   Key to the Highway

      Filmed live with Eric Clapton

   Before They Make Me Run

      Filmed live with Rolling Stones


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Keith Richards

Keith Richards

Source: Jesus Broadfield

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Gerry & the Pacemakers

Gerry & the Pacemakers

Source: Last FM

Gerry & The Pacemakers were a Liverpool (therefore Merseybeat) group of heart implants that enjoyed brief popularity in the States in 1964, their appeal thereafter to wane. Formed in 1959, each about the size of a coin I suppose, the Pacemakers' original members were Gerry and Fred Marsden, Les Chadwick and Arthur McMahon. First named Gerry Marsden and the Mars Bars, their name change occurred upon suggestion by Mars, the giant chocolate company. 'How Do You Do It' was the Pacemakers' first record release in 1963, charting at #1 in the UK and #9 in the States. 'Don't let the Sun Let You Crying' reached Billboard's #4 in the US in April of '64, #6 in the UK. The Pacemakers scored their third and final Top Ten in the States in December of '64 with 'Ferry Cross the Mersey' attaining to #6, #8 in the United Kindom. The Pacemakers were three months behind the Beatles in arriving to America, performing on the 'Ed Sullivan Show' in May 1964. The Pacemakers dismantled in 1966, having released six albums of noncompiled material.

Gerry & the Pacemakers   1963

   How Do You Do It


   A Shot of Rhythm and Blues

Gerry & the Pacemakers   1964

   Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

   It's Just Because


   Slow Down

   Where Have You Been

Gerry & the Pacemakers   1965

   Ferry Cross

      'Top of the Pops' television performance


  The Rolling Stones, my own all-time overall favorite rock group, were wrought out of a band called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys, with which Mick Jagger, then Keith Richards, briefly played before teaming with Brian Jones (of Blues Incorporated) to form the Rollin' Stones, soon after the apostrophe removed to become the Rolling Stones. The band was named by Jones after a song by Muddy Waters ('Rollin' Stone', in Blues 3). It's original members were Brian Jones (guitar), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Other notable members were Mick Taylor, who replaced Brian Jones in 1969, and Ron Wood who replaced Taylor in 1975. Though Jagger was the band's frontman, Jones was the acknowledged leader until he could no longer function as needful due to drug abuse. (Two weeks after being fired from the band Jones would drown in a swimming pool in circumstances yet a mystery.) Jagger, the band's drive, then took the helm, though not without the Stones' other leg that was Keith Richards. (Yet the ever stable presence of Watts not be underestimated.) Though it was the Beatles that spearheaded what Walter Cronkite first called the "British invasion" of America (the Beatles first arriving in the United States on February 7, 1964), it was the second major assault by the Stones that exposed the United States, at a time relatively weak in defense, to a thorough sacking, the Stones first arriving to tour the States on June 20, 1964. At what parents rolled their eyes with the Beatles (and even themselves enjoyed, what with adorable Paul McCartney singing songs like 'Yesterday'), they found a little more difficult to tolerate with the Stones, (angels of a different kind). The Stones had no interest in the "silly love songs" of Merseybeat; their thing was hard rhythm and blues out of the underground. Theirs wasn't music for teenage boys and girls to hold hands with; they addressed matters rather more directly, thus disturbingly, which decorous everyday society found boat-rocking (though not in terms of the Boswell Sisters). The Rolling Stones released their first single in 1963, a Chuck Berry cover titled, 'Come On', followed the same year by 'I Wanna Be Your Man' (composed by John Lennon with Paul McCartney and released three weeks prior to the Beatles' version). Their first single to top Billboard's chart in the United States was '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' in July of '65, there to reside for a month. They topped out the sixties with 'Let It Bleed' in December of '69, three months after the Beatles' release of 'Abbey Road'. But the Beatles disbanded the next year, 'Let It Be' their last issue in May, before the Stones were just finding second gear with the release of their first live album, 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!', in September 1970. The first album on which Mick Taylor appeared was 'Sticky Fingers', issued in April of '71. Ronnie Wood, a member of the Faces when he participated in the Stone's track of 'It's Only Rock 'n' Roll' in '74, joined the band in 1975. He, Jagger, Richards and Watts have been the core members of the Stones ever since. The Stones closed the seventies with 'Some Girls' in '78 and opened the eighties with 'Emotional Rescue' in 1980. They were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 before releasing 'Steel Wheels' the same year. They closed the century in 1997 with 'Bridgfes to Babylon'. Making a big fuss for over half a century now, concerning which this history is necessarily an abbreviation, the Stones yet perform second to none as of this writing, with no plans to stop. In March 2016 they pulled off the historic event of performing in Havana, Cuba, after decades of foreign music being banned there.

Rolling Stones   1963

   Come On

   I Wanna Be Your Man

Rolling Stones   1964

   Cops & Robbers

   Heart of Stone

      Album: 'Metamorphosis'

   I Wanna Be Your Man

      Television performance


   Not Fade Away

      'The Mike Douglas Show'

   Route 66

   You Better Move On

Rolling Stones   1965

   As Tears Go By

   (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

   Little Red Rooster

    'Ed Sullivan Show'

   The Last Time

Rolling Stones   1966

   19th Nervous Breakdown

      Studio version

   19th Nervous Breakdown

      Television version   B&W

   19th Nervous Breakdown

      Television version   Color   'Ed Sullivan Show'

   Paint It Black

      Television performance   B&W

   Paint It Black

     Television performance   Color

Rolling Stones   1967

   Get Off of My Cloud

      Television performance

Rolling Stones   1968

   Beggar's Banquet


Rolling Stones   1969

   Let It Bleed


   Sympathy For The Devil

      Filmed live at Altamont Music Festival

   Under My Thumb

      Filmed live at Altamont Music Festival

Rolling Stones   1971

   Sister Morphine

      Album: 'Sticky Fingers'

Rolling Stones   1976

   Hey Negrita

      Filmed live

Rolling Stones   1978

   Some Girls


Rolling Stones   1980

   Emotional Rescue

      Album: 'Emotional Rescue'

Rolling Stones   1981

   Start Me Up

    Filmed live

   Waiting On a Friend

      Album: 'Tattoo You'

Rolling Stones   1988

   It's Only Rock 'n' Roll


Rolling Stones   1989

   Can't Be Seen

      Album: 'Steel Wheels'

   Fancy Man Blues

      Album: 'Steel Wheels'

   Rock and a Hard Place

       Album: 'Steel Wheels'

   Mixed Emotions

      Album: 'Steel Wheels'

Rolling Stones   1995

   Gimme Shelter

      Live in Amsterdam   Featuring Lisa Fischer

   Miss You

     Filmed live in Rio de Janeiro

   Start Me Up

      Windows '95 television commercial

     Original release 1981

Rolling Stones   1997

   Sister Morphine

      Filmed live in New York

Rolling Stones   1998

   19th Nervous Breakdown

      Filmed live in Argentina

Rolling Stones   2003

   Wild Horses

      Filmed live

Rolling Stones   2012

   Get Off of My Cloud

      Filmed live

   Honky Tonk Women

      Live in London

   Lady Jane

      Live in London

Rolling Stones   2013

   Live in Las Vegas


   You Can't Always Get What You Want

      Filmed live in Las Angeles


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones

Source: Bons Tempos

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Robin Trower

Robin Trower

Source: Acoustic Guitar Forum

Guitarist Robin Trower began his career as an original member of the Paramounts, first recording with that band on their first release in 1963, 'Poison Ivy' b/w 'I Feel Good All Over'. He would make his name with Procol Harum, joining that band after the release of its first single, 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' in 1963, in time to record on its second single, 'Homburg', released the same year. Though largely known as a guitar virtuoso, Trower sang now and again as well. He is the vocalist, for example, on Procol Harum's 'Crucifiction Lane', appearing on their 'A Salty Dog' album (below). Leaving that band in 1971 after the issue of five albums, he formed the Robin Trower Band in '73, issuing 'Twice Removed from Yesterday', followed by 'Bridge of Sighs' in '74. In '81 he partnered with Jack Bruce for the issue of 'B.L.T.', then again for 'Truce' the next year. His album, 'Back It Up', appeared in '83. Trower issued several albums in the nineties, then partnered with Bruce a third time in 2007 for the release of 'Seven Moons'. The next year saw him touring internationally. Trower's favorite guitar was the Fender Stratocaaster (first manufactured in 1954). He continues to perform on tour as of this writing. More of Robin Trower with Procol Harum.

Robin Trower   1963

   I Feel Good All Over

      With the Paramounts   First Release Side   B

   Poison Ivy

      With the Paramounts   First Release Side   A

Robin Trower   1967


      With Procol Harum

Robin Trower   1969

   A Salty Dog

     Album with Procol Harum

Robin Trower   1973


      KSAN Radio

   Live in Paris

      Filmed live

   Twice Removed From Yesterday


Robin Trower   1974

   Bridge of Sighs

     Filmed live

Robin Trower   1975

   Live in San Francisco

Robin Trower   1978

   Caravan to Midnight

     Album: 'Caravan to Midnight' 

Robin Trower   2005

   Day Of The Eagle/Bridge Of Sighs

      Filmed live at the Rockpalast Crossroads Festival

   Too Rolling Stoned

      Filmed live at the Rockpalast Crossroads Festival

Robin Trower   2012

   Too Rolling Stoned

      Filmed live in Nümberg


  At first called Bob Evans and the Five Shillings, then the Vegas Five in 1959, the Undertakers decided to keep the name that a printing error in a local newspaper had given them in 1961. Albeit the Undertakers experienced great demand at live performances in the UK, they didn't sell records well either there or in the US, despite touring the States in 1965. Be as may, the band yet (as of this writing) performs with a few of its earlier members: Jackie Lomax, Brian Jones and Geoff Nugent, the last having been with the band since its Five Shillings days.

The Undertakers   1963

   Everybody Loves a Lover

   Mashed Potatoes


   What About Us

The Undertakers   1964



The Undertakers   1965

   I Fell In Love

The Undertakers   2010

   Slow Twistin'



Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Undertakers

The Undertakers

Source: Merseybeat Nostalgia

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Mick Underwood

Mick Underwood

Source: trinkelbonker
Mick Underwood was one of the great drummers of the British Invasion period, contributing to hundreds of titles as a session musician. He picked up sticks at age fourteen and ad played with a few bands before being hired by record producer, Joe Meeks, as a studio musician in 1963. That same year he joined Mike Berry's band, the Outlaws (definitely not identical with the much later Southern country rock band of the same name in the States). Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple) was also a member of that group. In addition to backing countless performers as a studio band the Outlaws issued numerous records of their own (starting with 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' bw 'My Baby Doll' in January of '61). One of the three plates issued while Underwood and Blackmore were with them was 'Law and Order' bw 'Do-Da-Day' per December of '63. Uderwood exchanged the Outlaws for the Herd in 1965. He was a member of Episode Six in the latter sixties before joining Quatermass which toured the States in 1970. He worked with Peace, Sammy and Graham Bonnet ('No Bad Habits' '76) before joining Strapps to contribute to their debut LP, 'Strapps', in '76. The fourth and last was 'Ball of Fire' in 1979. He then joined Gillan, a group put together by Ian Gillan of Deep Purple. Underwood contributed to several albums by Gillan from 'Mr. Universe' in '79 to 'Magic' in '82. Underwood issued 'Earthquake at the Savoy' bw 'Redwatch' in 1980 in his own name. A couple more albums with Gillan solo followed, after which Quatermass II was formed for the issue of 'Long Road' in 1997. Underwood appeared on Raw Glory's 'City Life' in 2013. He's been with his band, Glory Road, since 2012. Underwood is indexed below per the bands with which he preformed.

The Outlaws   1963


      With Ritchie Blackmore

   Law and Order

      Filmed with Ritchie Blackmore

Episode Six   1969

   Mozart Versus the Rest

Quatermass   1970


      Album   Bonus tracks

Peace   1971

   Like Water

      Live at BBC

Sammy   1972

   Sioux Eyed Lady

Strapps   1977

   It's Down to You

      LP: 'Live at the Rainbow'

   I Wanna Know

      LP: 'Secret Damage'

   The Pain of Love

      LP: 'Secret Damage'

Strapps   1979

   Bring On the Thunder

      LP: 'Ball of Fire'

Mick Underwood   1980

   Earthquake at the Savoy

Gillan   1981

   Future Shock


   Mutually Assured Destruction

      Filmed at Oxford


      Filmed live

Quatermass II   1997

   Daylight Robbery

      LP: 'Long Road'


      LP: 'Long Road'

   Woman In Love

      LP: 'Long Road'

Dead Horses   2011

   Drum solo

      Filmed in Oshkosh WI

Glory Road   2013

   Second Sight/Secret of the Dance

      Filmed live

Raw Glory   2013

   Man's World

      LP: 'City Life'

Glory Road   2016

   Whole Lotta Love

      Filmed drum solo



Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts

Source: 11-19

Believe it: Charlie Watt's parents actually bought him a drum kit when he was about fourteen years old. Like handing someone who doesn't know any better a bat and telling them to hit you over the head with it. Well, he was into jazz. How bad could that be? Watts showed a another inclination as a teenager as well: as is true of many rock musicians, Watts was into art. After graduating from secondary school he enrolled in the Harrow Art School (now the University of Westminster). His first employment was as a graphic designer for an advertising company. He later designed the album sleeve for the Rolling Stones' release of 'Between the Buttons' in 1967, and would contribute to several tour stage designs throughout the years. (The Rolling Stones tongue logo, incidentally, was designed by John Pasche in 1971, first to be seen on the 'Sticky Fingers' album.) Watts continued working as a graphic designer even after getting hired to his first major job as a drummer in 1962, playing gigs with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated. But Watts did away with all necessity to craft an appealing resumé fairly early in life when he joined the Rolling Stones in January 1963, early enough to appear on the band's first single that same year ('Come On', released in June 1963). Watt's can be heard on any Rolling Stones recording. The tracks below approach Watt's career apart from the Rolling Stones, largely as a jazz musician. All entries below for year 1972 are from the album, 'Jamming with the Edward!'. Recorded in 1969, "Edward" refers to pianist, Nicky Hopkins, who is featured on the album together with guitarist Ry Cooder. Vocals for all of year 1993 below are performed by Bernard Fowler, all from the album, 'Warm and Tender'.

Charlie Watts   1972

   Blow With Ry

   The Boudoir Stomp

   Edward's Thrump Up

   Highland Fling

   It Hurts Me Too

Charlie Watts   1983

   Worried Life Blues

      ARMS Concert

     Live with Joe Cocker & Bill Wyman

Charlie Watts   1992

   Lover Man

      'Dennis Miller Show'

Charlie Watts   1993

   My Foolish Heart

   If I Should Lose You

   I'll Be Around

   I'm Glad There Is You

   It Never Entered My Mind

   Love Walked In

   My Ship

   Someone To Watch Over Me

   They Didn't Believe Me

   Time After Time

      'Late Night with Conan O'Brien'

     Vocal: Bernard Fowler

   Where Are You

Charlie Watts   1996

   I Should Care

Charlie Watts   2000

   The Elvin Suite

      Album: 'Jim Keltner Project'

   Max Roach

      Album: 'Jim Keltner Project'

Charlie Watts   2011

   The A, B, C & D of Boogie Woogie

   Filmed live

Charlie Watts   2013

   Ruby Tuesday

    Filmed live   Vocal: Bernard Fowler 


  Bassist Bill Wyman joined the Rolling Stones in 1962, his first recordings occurring with them in 1963. Songs composed by Wyman for the Stones were 'In Another Land', on which he sang lead, and 'Downtown Suzie'. His first solo endeavor apart from the Stones was his album, 'Monkey Grip', released in 1974. He issued 'Stone Alone' in '76, 'Bill Wyman' in '82 and 'Stuff' in '92 (Japan and Argentina only, 2000 in the UK). The first album released by Wyman's Rhythm Kings was 'Struttin' Our Stuff' in 1997. That band issued several albums into the new millennium, including 'Live Communication' in 2011. Wyman yet performs as of this writing, his last album release being 'Back to Basics' in 2015. Beyond music, Wyman has authored seven books, began manufacturing his own brand of metal detector in 2007 and has exhibited as a professional photographer. He currently owns homes in Suffolk and St. Paul de Vence in southern France.

Bill Wyman   1967

   In Another Land

      With the Rolling Stones

      Album: 'Their Satanic Majesties Request'

Bill Wyman   1974

   I Wanna Get Me A Gun

      Television performance

   Monkey Grip Glue

      Television performance

Bill Wyman   1975

   Downtown Suzie

     With the Rolling Stones

     Album: 'Metamorphosis'

Bill Wyman   1982

   A New Fashion

      Filmed live

Bill Wyman   2002

   Live in Turin

      Concert filmed live with the Rhythm Kings


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Bill Wyman

Bill Wyman

Source: Equip Board

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Eric Burdon

Eric Burdon

Source: Get Ready to Rock

The Animals were probably my own favorite band as a youth. (I preferred classical to rock as a kid, though started liking it per such as the Ventures and Beach Boys.) The Animals had originally been the Alan Price Rhythm & Blues Combo, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, and renamed the Animals (due to their rather abandoned manner of performing) when vocalist Eric Burdon joined the band in 1962. The original members of the Animals were Alan Price (keyboards), Hilton Valentine (guitar), John Steel (drums) and Bryan "Chas" Chandler (bass). Burdon is 57th on The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by 'Rolling Stone Magazine'. Of the invasion bands, should the question arise who follows the Beatles and Rolling Stones in overall significance the Animals surely vie for that spot. All tracks below through year 1968 are the Animals. In 1969 Burdon began the work of putting together the band, War. In 1971 he embarked upon his solo career with the Eric Burdon Band. Notable Animals reunions were in 1975, recording 'Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted' for its release in 1977, and in 1983, issuing the album, 'Ark'. The band then went on a world tour resulting in two albums: 'Rip it to Shreds' released in '84 and 'Last Live Show' issued in 2008. Another notable reunion was Burden with War in 2008 at Royal Albert Hall. Burden yeet avticely performs as of this writing. All recordings of Burdon below following Eric Burdon & War are live unless otherwise noted. Interspersed with the index below is solo work by Alan Price who left the Animals in 1965 to pursue a solo career. His first solo release is thought to have been 'Any Day Now'/'Never Be Sick On Sunday'. Also amidst the list below are solo pieces by Hilton Valentine, including much later live recordings with his group, the Skiffledogs (which audio will need adjusting by who have such software).

Eric Burdon & the Animals   1964

   Baby Let Me Take You Home

      First issue   Side A

   House of the Rising Sun

      First issue   Side B

   Gonna Send You Back to Walker

      Second issue   Side A

   I'm Crying

      Second issue   Side B

Eric Burdon & the Animals   1965

   Animal Tracks


   It's My Life

      Television performance

   Boom Boom

      Original composition: John Lee Hooker

   Bring It On Home To Me


   We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

    Television performance

Alan Price   1965

   Any Day Now

      First solo 45 release

  Never Be Sick On Sunday

      First solo 45 release

Eric Burdon & the Animals   1966

   Don't Bring Me Down

   Inside Looking Out

      Television performance

Alan Price   1966

   Hi LiLi, Hi-Lo

      Second solo 45 release

   I Put a Spell On You

      Filmed live

Eric Burdon & the Animals   1967

   The Black Plague


      Filmed live

   Paint It Black

      Live in Monterey

   When I Was Young

      Television performance

Alan Price   1967


Eric Burdon & the Animals   1968

   New York 1963 - America 1968

      Album: 'Every One Of Us'


     Album: 'Love Is'

   St. James Infirmary

   Serenade to a Sweet Lady

   Sky Pilot

   White Houses

Hilton Valentine   1969


      Album: 'All In Your Head'

   Sitting In the Sun

      Album: 'All In Your Head'

Eric Burdon & War   1970

   Eric Burdon Declares War


   Paint It Black/Spill The Wine

      Filmed live

   Tobacco Road/Bear Back Rider

      Filmed live

   Tobacco Road


Eric Burdon & War   1971

   Spirit/Love Is All Around

      Filmed live

Alan Price   1973

   O Lucky Man!


Eric Burdon   1974

   It's My Life

      Album: 'Sun Secrets'



Alan Price   1975

   Between Today and Yesterday


   In Times Like These

    Filmed live

   O Lucky Man

     Filmed live

Eric Burdon   1976

   Boom Boom

    Filmed live

Alan Price   1980

   House of the Rising Sun

Eric Burdon & the Animals   1981

   Boom Boom

     Album: 'Live in Pougkeepsie'

   Boom Boom

     Live at Wembley

Eric Burdon   1995

   It's My Life/We Got It Get Out Of This Place

      Filmed with Bon Jovi

Eric Burdon   1998

   It's My Life

     Filmed live at The Coach House 

Eric Burdon   2004

   Over the Border

      Album: 'My Secret Life'

Eric Burdon   2006

   Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

    Filmed live   'Soul of a Man' tour 

Eric Burdon   2008

   Boom Boom

     Filmed live 

   Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

     Filmed live

   We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

     Filmed live

Hilton Valentine & Skiffledog   2008

   Twenty Flight Rock

     Filmed live   Bass: Suzi Quatro

Alan Price & the Manfreds   2009

   I Put a Spell On You/Boom Boom

     Filmed live 

Hilton Valentine & Skiffledog   2010

   Bring It On Home

      Featuring Mary Wilson

   House of the Rising Sun

    Filmed live

Eric Burdon   2011

   Boom Boom

     Filmed live

   House of the Rising Sun

     Filmed live

   San Franciscan Nights

     Filmed live

Eric Burdon   2012

   Gotta Serve Somebody

    Music video

   It's My Life

    Filmed live at Arcada Theater 

Eric Burdon   2013

   Before You Accuse Me

      Album: 'Til Your River Runs Dry'

   Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

    Filmed live at The Canyon Club

   House of the Rising Sun

    Filmed live

   It's My Life

   We Gotta Get Out of This Place

    Filmed live at The Canyon Club

Hilton Valentine & Skiffledog   2013

   Dixie Darlin'

      Filmed live in Old Saybrook

   Gambling Man

      Filmed live in Old Saybrook

   I'm Satisfied With My Gal

      Filmed live in Old Saybrook

   I'M Wild About My Lovin'

      Filmed live in Old Saybrook

   Lonesome Traveler

      Filmed live in Old Saybrook

   Walk Don't Run

      Filmed live at the Salt Gastropub


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Animals

The Animals

Source: Chicken on a Unicycle

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Rod Argent

Rod Argent

Source: Net Worth Inspector

Formed in 1962 by keyboardist Rod Argent, the Zombies released their first single, 'She's Not There' in 1964 with Decca. The Zombies toured the States in 1965, also appearing on the first broadcast of 'Hullabaloo' in January of that year. Upon the band dispersing in December of 1967 Argent eventually put together the band by that name, releasing its first album, 'Argent', in 1970. 1978 saw the release of Argent's solo album, 'Moving Home'. He spent the eighties and nineties composing, producing and guesting on the tracks of various artists. 1999 saw the issue of 'Rod Argent Classically Speaking', an album of classical piano pieces. Into the new millennium, Argent toured with Ringo Starr in 2006 and yet actively performs as of this writing.

Rod Argent & the Zombies   1964

   She's Not There

Rod Argent & the Zombies   1965

   Can't Nobody Love You

   I Remember When I Loved Her

   She's Not There

      'Hullabaloo' television program

   Tell Her No

      'Shindig' television program

   This Will Be Our Year

Rod Argent & the Zombies   1966

   Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself

    'Hippodrome' television broadcast

Rod Argent & the Zombies   1968

   Time of the Season

    Album: 'Odessey & Oracle'

Rod Argent & Argent   1970



   Dance in the Smoke

      Album: 'Argent'

Rod Argent & Argent   1972

   Hold Your Head Up

      Album: 'All Together Now'


      Album: 'All Together Now'

Rod Argent & Argent   1973

   It's Only Money

      Album: 'In Deep'

   Hold Your Head Up

      Live on 'Midnight Special'

Rod Argent & Argent   1975

   On My Feet Again

      Album: 'Counterpoints'

Rod Argent   1978


    Album: 'Moving Home'

Rod Argent   2002

   She's Not There

      Filmed live with Colin Blunstone

Rod Argent & the Zombies   2010

   Hold Your Head Up

      Filmed live at the Du Maurier Festival

   She's Not There

      Filmed live with Ringo Starr

Rod Argent & the Zombies   2011

   Time of the Season

      Live on the Jimmy Fallon show

   Time of the Season

      Live at Metropolis Studios

Rod Argent & the Zombies   2013

   Live at KEXP

      Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Zombies

The Zombies

Source: Pop Dose


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Argent


Source: Rok Pool

  Guitarist Jeff Beck started his career by joining the Rumbles in 1963 at age nineteen. His debut appearance on vinyl was the next year as a session guitarist for Fitz and Startz: 'I'm Not Running Away' with 'So Sweet' flip side. (Though Biran Hindley was lead guitarist of Fitz and Startz, Beck is featured on 'I'm Not Running Away'.) In 1965 Beck joined the Yardbirds to replace Eric Clapton. He was fired mid-tour in 1966 as an habitual no-show. Which was the same year he recorded his first solo release, 'Beck's Bolero', followed by 'Hi Ho Silver Lining' and 'Tallyman'. In 1967 Beck formed the Jeff Beck Group, releasing the album, 'Truth' in August 1968 and 'Beck-Ola' in July 1969. 'Rough and Ready' followed in 1971 before 'Jeff Beck Group' in '72. 'Blow by Blow' arrived in 1975, 'Wired' the next year. Of remark in 1983 is Beck's participation in one the greatest concert tours in the history of rock, the 1983 ARMS (Action into Research for Multiple Sclerosis) concerts during which Beck shares the stage with, among others, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. The full concert at Madison Square Garden is listed below. (Edits from the ARMS concert at Royal Albert Hall will be found under Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.) Beck released the album, 'Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop', in 1989. 'Frankie's House' emerged in 1992, 'Crazy Legs' in 1993. Beck has remained quite active into the new millennium, conducting multiple tours amidst which he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. That was followed in 2010 with the LPs 'Emotion & Commotion' and 'Live and Exclusive'. Beck is yet busy touring to this date.

Jeff Beck   1964

   I'm Not Running Away

   So Sweet

Jeff Beck   1967

   Beck's Bolero

   Ho Ho Silver Lining


Jeff Beck   1968


      Album with Rod Stewart

   Jeff's Boogie


Jeff Beck   1969

   All Shook Up

      Album: 'Beck-Ola

Jeff Beck   1976



Jeff Beck   1983

   Definitely Maybe

      ARMS Concert at Madison Square Garden

      Filmed live

   Going Down

      ARMS Concert at Madison Square Garden

      Filmed live


      ARMS Concert at Madison Square Garden

      Filmed live

Jeff Beck   1999

   Live in Tokyo

      Concert filmed live

Jeff Beck   2009

   Let Me Love You Baby/Foxy Lady

      Filmed live with Buddy Guy and Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)

Jeff Beck   2010

   A Day In the Life

      Filmed live at Madison Square Garden

   Big Block

      Filmed live at Madison Square Garden

   No Other Me/I Put a Spell on You

      Filmed live with Joss Stone


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck

Source: NIN

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: David Bowie

David Bowie

Source: Whale

It can take a lot of guts to be a musician and androgynous David Robert Jones had a full tin bucket. Born in London, David Bowie formed his first group, the Konrads, in 1962. Bowie released his debut single, 'Liza Jane', in 1964 as Davie Jones with the King Bees. In 1966 he changed his name to Bowie (in reference to the American frontiersman with the bigger than average knife, Jim Bowie) to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of the American group, the Monkees. Bowie shifted about for several years with a little this, a little that (including his debut album titled 'David Bowie' in 1967), until cinching his saddle in 1969 with the release of 'Space Oddity'. 1972 saw the release of the album, 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' (long for 'Ziggy Stardust'). That was followed by the Ziggy Stardust World Tour of '72-'73. Bowie released 'Aladdin Sane' in 1973. He moved to the States in 1974, partially in attempt to lose the Ziggy glam persona he'd created. The 1974 album, 'Diamond Dogs', was transitional in that, toward the 1975 issue of 'Young Americans', including the track, 'Fame', Bowie's first to rise to No. 1 on the Billboard US. Bowie described 'Young Americans' as "plastic soul," a term referring to soul music by white musicians. (The Beatles' sixth studio album in 1965, 'Rubber Soul', was a twist on that.) 'Station to Station' appeared in '76. 'Low' and 'Heroes' followed in '77, pushed by the Isolar II World Tour the next year. 'Lodger', Bowie's thirteenth studio album, appeared in 1979. 'Scary Monsters' was issued in 1981, followed by 'Let's Dance' in '83 (his fifteenth studio album). '86 saw the Glass Spider Tour followed by the '87 release of 'Never Let Me Down'. In 1989 Bowie helped form Tin Machine, issuing 'Tin Machine' that year. 'Black Tie White Noise' was Bowie's 18th studio release in 1993. Bowie's latest studio endeavor was 'The Next Day', issued in March of 2013. 'Blackstar', Bowie's 25th studio LP, is scheduled for release in January 2016. Bowie was also an actor, appearing in numerous roles since his first in 1967 in the theatrical production of 'Pierrot in Turquoise'. But one example is his part as Pontius Pilate in 'The Last Temptation of Christ' as of 1988. Among his latest roles was as Nicola Tesla in the 2006 film concerning a pair of rival magicians, 'The Prestige'. With nine platinum albums behind him, Bowie has sold more than 140 million of them in the UK alone. One figure places global album sales at some 95,700,000, ensuring Major Tom will never make it back to any Earth that my tin can's acquainted with. Bowie died of cancer in January 2016, 69 years of age.

David Bowie   1964

   Liza Jane

      With the King Bees

David Bowie   1965

   I Pity the Fool

      With The Manish Boys

   You've Got a Habit of Leaving

      With the Lower Third

David Bowie   1966

   Can't Help Thinking About Me

      With the Lower Third

   Do Anything You Say

      With the Buzz

   I Dig Everything/I'm Not Losing Sleep

   Rubber Band

David Bowie   1967

   The Laughing Gnome

David Bowie   1969

   Love You Till Tuesday

      Film released in 1984

      Original release 1967 on the album 'David Bowie'

   Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola

      Side B to 'Space Oddity'

   Space Oddity


David Bowie   1970

   The Man Who Sold The World

   The Prettiest Star

      With Marc Bolan

David Bowie   1971

   Hunky Dory


David Bowie   1972

   The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust


David Bowie   1975


      Album: 'Young Americans'

David Bowie   1981

   Under Pressure

      Live With Queen

David Bowie   1992

   Under Pressure

      Filmed live With Annie Lennox

     Freddie Mercury Tribute concert

   Under Pressure

      Filmed live With Annie Lennox

      Freddie Mercury Tribute rehearsal

David Bowie   1996

   White Light White Heat

      Live in Phoenix

David Bowie   1997

   Dead Man Walking

      Filmed live in Zaragoza

David Bowie   1999

   Thursday's Child

      Filmed live in Madrid

David Bowie   2004

   Queen Bitch

      Filmed live in San Francisco



Joe Cocker

Source: Le Peuple du Rock

John "Joe" Cocker formed his first group, the Cavaliers, in 1960 at age sixteen, a skiffle ensemble. (Skiffle was a kind of jug band music, complete with washboards, popular in Great Britain at the time.) In 1961 Cocker put together the Avengers under the stage name, Vance Arnold. Cocker released his first single in 1964: 'I'll Cry Instead' b/w '(Those) Precious Words', after which he shaped the Grease Band in 1966, with which he attained international fame, first touring the United States in spring of '69, appearing on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and 'This Is Tom Jones' as well. Cocker may be best known for his live double-sleeve album released in 1970, 'Mad Dogs & Englishmen'. Cocker commenced a life of ceaseless international touring in 1972, prior to releasing 'I Can Stand a Little Rain' in '74 and 'Jamaica Say You Will' in '75. His last album in the seventies was 'Luxury You Can Afford' released in 1978. Cocker's initial studio release in the eighties was 'Sheffield Steel' in 1982. 'Cocker', on which the track, 'You Can Leave Your Hat On', appears, was issued in '86 and went platinum. Cocker's last LP issue in the eighties was 'One Night of Sin' in 1989. Since that time he released ten more studio albums, out of more than twenty, while making numerous guest appearances with other artists. His last album, 'Fire It Up', appeared in 2012. Cocker died of lung cancer in December of 2014 in Crawford, Colorado.

Joe Cocker   1964

   I'll Cry Instead

      First vinyl   Side A

   (Those) Precious Words

      First vinyl   Side B

Joe Cocker   1968

   With A Little Help From My Friends

      Live with the Grease Band

      Original composition: Lennon/McCartney

Joe Cocker   1969

   I Shall Be Released

      Live at Woodstock  with the Grease Band

   Let's Go Get Stoned

      Live at Woodstock with the Grease Band

   Something's Coming On

      Live at Woodstock with the Grease Band

   With A Little Help From My Friends

      Live at Woodstock  with the Grease Band

Joe Cocker   1970

   Bird On a Wire

      Album: 'Mad Dogs & Englishmen'

   Cry Me a River

      Filmed live with Leon Russell

   Honky Tonk Woman

      Filmed live with Leon Russell

   Let's Go Get Stoned

      Album: 'Mad Dogs & Englishmen'

   The Letter

      Album: 'Mad Dogs & Englishmen'

   The Letter

      'This Is Tom Jones' with the Grease Band

   Space Captain

      Album: 'Mad Dogs & Englishmen'

   Sticks and Stones

      Album: 'Mad Dogs & Englishmen'

   The Weight

      Album: 'Mad Dogs & Englishmen'

Joe Cocker   1980

   You Are So Beautiful

      Filmed live in Tokyo

Joe Cocker   1986

   You Can Leave Your Hat On

      Music video with Mickey Rourke

Joe Cocker   1992

   Feelin' Alright

      Filmed live

Joe Cocker   1996

   Bye Bye Blackbird

      Filmed live

   Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

      Filmed in studio

Joe Cocker   2002

   With A Little Help From My Friends

      Filmed live

Joe Cocker   2012

   You Can Leave Your Hat On

     Filmed live in Buenos Aires

Joe Cocker   2013

   Live in Cologne

      Filmed concert

   N'oubliez Jamais

      Filmed live in Halle Westfalen

   With A Little Help From My Friends

      Filmed live in Prague


Birth of Rock and Roll: UK Beat: The Artwoods

The Artwoods

Source: Bop Pop Rock Til U Drop
Born Keith rather than Keef in 1944 in Preston, Lancashire, Keef Hartley notably began his drumming career in the summer of 1963, replacing Ringo Starr for a brief period with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes. He was present with the Hurricanes when 'Beat City - The Merseybeat Phenomenon Of 1963' was filmed on June 18th of 1963 at the Cavern in Liverpool. Part of that is indexed below, it appearing that it is Hartley at drums rather than Starr. This is moot, however, so we're not writing in stone. That film was televised in December of 1963. In 1964 Hartley was a founding member of the Artwoods, issuing their first single in October 1964 as the Art Woods: 'Sweet Mary'/'If I Ever Get My Hands On You'. Other members of the Artwoods were Jon Lord (keyboards), Derek Griffiths (guitar), Malcolm Pool (bass) and ramrod, Arthur Wood (front). The band released several singles into 1967, its last in November, 'Brother Can You Spare a Dime'/'Al's Party', as St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Hartley then emerged on John Mayall's 'The Blues Alone' in 1967. He then formed the Keef Hartley Band. Answering the Queen's call to arms per her Invasion, he led a hit and run attack on the American public at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969. He was back in London already honored as a war veteran before his first two albums were released in 1969, 'Halfbreed' and 'The Battle of North West Six'. Notable in '75 was 'Dog Soldier' with his band by the same name, after which Harley largely pulled out of the music industry, working as a carpenter by the nineties. He died November 2011.

Rory Storm & the Hurricanes   1963

   I Can Tell

      Film: 'Beat City'

      Hartley appearance unconfirmed

The Art Woods   1964

   Sweet Mary/If I Ever Get My Hands On You

The Artwoods   1966


      EP: 'Jazz In Jeans'

  These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

      EP: 'Jazz In Jeans'

The Artwoods   1967

   Live at Funny Park

      Not issued until 2014

St Valentine's Day Massacre   1967

   Al's Party

   Brother, Can You Spare a Dime

Keef Hartley   1967

   Broken Wings

      John Mayall LP: 'The Blues Alone'

Keef Hartley   1969

   Born to Die

      LP: 'Halfbreed'

   Leavin' Trunk

      LP: 'Halfbreed'

   Rock Me Baby

      Filmed at the Essen Festival


      LP: 'Halfbreed'

   Sinnin' For You

      LP: 'Halfbreed'

Keef Hartley   1970

   Sinnin' For You

      Filmed live

   Live in Essen

      Filmed with the Little Big Band

Keef Hartley   1970

   Little Big Band





Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Keef Hartley

Keef Hartley

Source: Classic Rock Forums
  Formed in 1963 in Manchester, Herman's Hermits was a hugely successful invasion band. "Herman" was actually Peter Noone, who it was thought resembled Sherman in the 'Peabody's Improbable History' cartoon series. The 'S' was dropped and Herman emerged with Keith Hopwood (guitar), Karl Green (guitar), Alan Wrigley (bass guitar) and Steve Titterington (drums) as the Hermits. Titterington was early replaced by Barry Whitwam. Wrigley was replaced on bass by Green who was replaced by Derek Leckenby. Although Herman's Hermits had been conceived as an R&B band their producer, Mickie Most, groomed the group Listerine clean for wider appeal. 'I'm Into Something Good' was side A of their first release in 1964, backed with 'Show Me Girl' on side B. They first arrived in the United States in 1965, performing that April on Dick Clark's 'Caravan of Stars' as well as 'Ed Sullivan' in June. (One difference between 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and others such as 'American Bandstand', 'Hullabaloo', 'Shindig', etc., was that bands played live on 'Ed Sullivan'; they lip-synched on other programs.) The Herman's Hermits debut album, 'Herman's Hermits', appeared in 1965 as well. The group's seventh and last album was 'Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter' issued in 1968. ('Classic Collection' was issued in '86. A live performance in Salem, Oregon, in July 1967, was issued in 1991. Titled 'Live in Salem Oregon', it fared not well.) Noone left the Hermits in 1971 for a solo career, replaced by Peter Cowap. Hopwood, who founded Pluto Music with Leckenby in 1968, left in 1972 to begin a career of composing scores for film and television. 1975 saw the legal battles between Noone and the other Hermits as to who could use the name, "Herman's Hermits". Noone lost but was to receive 10% of future Herman's Hermits proceeds. Just how "Herman's Hermits" could be used saw court again in 2011 between Noone and Barry Whitwam, the last original member of the band since Leckenby's death in 1994 of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. As of 2014 original member, Karl Green, playing with the Hermits intermittently since his departure in 1980, put together an ensemble to perform Hermits material. As for Noone, his solo career after the Hermits in no way compared to his success with that group. In 1980 he formed the band, the Tremblers, releasing the album, 'Twice Nightly'. In 1982 he issued the solo album, 'One of the Glory Boys'. As of this writing he hosts the 'Something Good' radio program for SiriusXM.

Herman's Hermits   1964

   I'm Into Something Good

Herman's Hermits   1965

   Can't You Hear My Heartbeat

      Television performance

   Can't You Hear My Heartbeat

      Television performance

   Henry the VIII

      'Ed Sullivan' television performance

   I'm Into Something Good

      Television performance

   Just A Little Bit Better

      Television performance

   Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter

   Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter

      Television performance



      Television performance

   Wonderful World

Herman's Hermits   1966

   Leaning on the Lampost

   Listen People

   No Milk Today

      Television performance

Herman's Hermits   1967


      Television performance

   There's a Kind of Hush

Herman's Hermits   1968

  Something Is Happening

      Television performance

   Sunshine Girl


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Herman's Hermits

Herman's Hermits   1965

Photo: MGM Records

Source: Wikipedia

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones

Source: Alex Reisner's Led Zeppelin

Born John Baldwin in 1946, bassist John Paul Jones had studied piano as a child. His parents were musicians so, though he was placed in boarding schools that they might tour, he wasn't totally ignorant of the music profession. Jones began playing in bands at age fifteen, then got something of a break when hired by the Shadows. They had recently (1963) topped the chart with 'Diamonds' (to which Jimmy Page had contributed rhythm guitar), and that brief position got his foot in the door as a session musician in 1964 (age 18), the year he issued his first solo recordings, 'Baja'/'A Foggy Day in Vietnam' (Pye Records). Jones recorded prolifically as a session musician, much in demand by some of the biggest names in the music business. During the next four years, prior to Led Zeppelin, Jones did session work, as well as arrangements, with countless musicians from Cat Stevens to Rod Stewart to Herman's Hermits to Shirley Bassey. The earliest session recordings found for Jones, however, are not until 1966. 'She's a Rainbow' is included below as Jones did the string arrangement. Jones continued doing sessions with other artists while with Led Zeppelin. After the dissolution of that band in 1980 upon the death of John Bonham, Jones began guesting with numerous musicians. He participated in the 1985 Live Aid concert with former members of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Jones' solo album, 'Scream For Help', appeared that year. He reunited with Page and Plant again in 1988 for the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary Celebration. 1992 saw his orchestral arrangements for R.E.M. on their album, 'Automatic for the People'. 1994 saw the release of 'The Sporting Life' with Diamanda Galás. In 1995 Jones produced and contributed to Heart's live acoustic album, 'On the Road'. In 1999 Jones released 'Zooma', followed 'The Thunderthief' in 2001. In 2007 he reunited with Page and Plant again at the O2 Arena in London. Jones yet performs as actively as ever, among those with whom he's collaborated in the new millennium being the Foo Fighters and Seasick Steve. More of Jones can of course be heard lower on this page with Led Zeppelin, he an original member of that band. The index below approaches his career apart from that band.

John Paul Jones   1964


      First issue Side A

   A Foggy Day In Vietnam

      First issue Side B

John Paul Jones   1966

   Mellow Yellow

      Session work   Donovan

   Sunshine Superman

      Session work   Donovan

John Paul Jones   1967

   Beck's Bolero

      Session work   Jeff Beck

   She's a Rainbow

      String arrangement   The Rolling Stones

John Paul Jones   1992

   In A Broken Dream

      With David Gilmour & Rod Stewart

John Paul Jones   1993

   Are You Gonna Go My Way

      Filmed live with Lenny Kravitz

John Paul Jones   1999

   When the Levee Breaks

      Live in Las Vegas



John Paul Jones   2001

   The Thunderthief



  'Tis said in some circles that the Brits are the kinkiest people on the globe. Must be their proximity to Germany where it isn't known if anyone normal exists at all. The "out there" French (only just across the Channel) were the last thing the Kinks needed as well. Americans, on the other hand, were both eccentricity and pugnacity-free until the Kinks first toured there in 1965. Formed in 1962 in North London, the Kinks were the disturbing strategy of Dave (lead) and Ray Davies (rhythm and vocals). The band's original bassist was Pete Quaife, until he developed so many quirks that he had to be replaced in 1969 by John Dalton. Drummer Mick Avory, however, proved to be abnormally stable, sticking with the band until 1984. T'was upon a capricious notion that the Kinks made their debut performance at a dance at William Grimshaw Secondary Modern School as the Ray Davies Quartet. Then, upon the sheerest of whims, the band changed its name to the Ravens. But as changing names can be fun, adding something peculiar to the day of those who thought they knew you, they switched to the Kinks, to which they kept only to differ from past behavior, stubbornly refusing all temptations to change their name again. Thus unconventionally conventional, the Kinks released their first single but to make a fuss, a cover of Little Richard's 'Long Tall Sally', in 1964, followed by 'You Still Want Me', 'You Really Got Me' and 'All Day and All Of the Night' the same year. The Kinks' debut album, titled 'Kinks' in the UK, 'You Really Got Me' in the US, was also released in 1964. The Kinks first toured the States in the summer of 1965. But they were thereafter deprived of joining the Invasion by being banned from performing in the States for another four years ('65-'69) by the American Federation of Musicians. No official reason was given. But highly suspect as part of the equation involving truculence in general is that the Kinks were a brawling band, a regular 'Flight Club', that reputation developed by incidents of fisticuffs and instruments used as weapons on stage, complete with audience involvement. Their attempt to excuse one occasion of the latter as part of their act didn't wash, and it was common knowledge that the Kinks didn't get along internally nor with much anybody else. Nevertheless, after touring elsewhere, such as Asia, a less pugilistic Kinks did arrive to the States once again as of October 1969 (with Quaife replaced by John Dalton). The album, 'Arthur', had been issued earlier that year (featuring both Qualfe and Dalton). 'Preservation Act 1' appeared in 1973 and 'Preservation Act 2' in '74, followed by the 'Preservation' tour of the States. 'Sleepwalker' arrived in 1977, 'Give the People What They Want' in '81. Jim Rodford replaced Dalton in 1978. Ian Gibbons joined the band in '79. Mick Avory left the Kinks in 1984, replaced by Bob Henrit. Among Avory's last recordings with the Kinks was the LP, 'State of Confusion', issued in '83. His participation in 'Return to Waterloo' was released in '85. Both he and Henrit appear on the '85 issue of 'Word of Mouth'. The Kinks released 'Phobia' in 1993. Various remanifestations of the band have appeared into the new millennium. The original Kinks found themselves elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Dave Davies released the album, 'Two Worlds' in 2010, the same year Ray Davies issued 'See My Friends', also the year Quaife died of kidney failure. Avory plays in a group called the 60s All Stars as of this writing.

The Kinks   1964

   I'm a Lover Not a Fighter

   I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain

   Long Tall Sally/I Took My Baby Home

   You Really Got Me

   You Still Want Me

The Kinks   1965

   All Day and All of the Night

    'Shindig' television program

   Tired of Waiting For You

    Filmed live at Wembley

The Kinks   1970


    Filmed live


The Kinks   1972

   Have a Cuppa Tea

    Album: 'Muswell Hillbillies'

The Kinks   1977

   Life On the Road

      Filmed live


     Filmed live

The Kinks   1982

   Come Dancing

    Album: 'State of Confuaion'


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Kinks

The Kinks

Source: Beatles RU

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: John Mayall

John Mayall

Source: Harmony Central


John Mayall played multiple instruments such as keyboards and guitar, but is better known for harmonica. Mayall recorded his first release, 'Crawling Up a Hill' bw 'Mr. James' in 1964. He released his first album, 'John Mayall Plays John Mayall', in 1965, after which guitarist  Eric Clapton joined his band the same year. (Guitarist Mick Taylor joined the Bluesbreakers in 1967, first appearing on the album 'Crusade'.) His group now called the (original) Bluesbreakers, Mayall released his next album, 'Blues Breakers', in 1966. As Mayall was better known as a blues musician we list only his first record release below. Much more of John Mayall will be found in A Birth of the Blues 4.

John Mayall   1964

  Crawling Up a Hill

  Mr. James


  Formed in 1964, the original members of the progressive orchestral rock group, Moody Blues, were Ray Thomas (composer and flautist), Michael Pinder (composer and pianist), Denny Laine (composer and guitarist), Graeme Edge (composer and drummer) and Clint Warwick (bassist). John Lodge would become the group's bassist in 1966, the year composer and guitarist Justin Hayward joined the band. The Moody Blues released their debut 45, 'Steal Your Heart Away' bw 'Loose Your Money (But Don't Loose Your Mind)', in September of '64 on Decca. hat was followed by 'Go Now!'/'It's Easy Child' in November. Their initial album, 'The Magnificent Moodies', appeared in 1965. To greater significance, however, was their '67 release of 'Days of Future Passed' containing the single, 'Nights In White Satin'. Each album they issued thereafter in the sixties was equally well done: 'In Search of the Lost Chord' ('68), 'On the Threshold of a Dream' ('69),'To Our Children's Children's Children' ('69). They continued delivering material as strongly unique as uniquely strong into the seventies with 'A Question of Balance' ('70), 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' ('71) and 'Seventh Sojourn' ('72). In 1975 Hayward and Lodge released their album, 'Blue Jays' and their single, 'Blue Guitar'. Pindar last appeared with the Moody Blues on their ninth album, 'Octave', in 1978. He was replaced by Yes keyboardist, Patrick Moraz, for the 'Octave' tour commencing in October of '78. 'The Other Side of Life' appeared in 1986, followed by 'Sur la Mer' in '88. Moraz was fired from the Moody Blues in 1991 as of a negative relationship between him and the rest of the group, which working on an independent concert project instead of rehearsing with the group didn't assist. Keyboardist, Paul Bliss, thus appears on the 1991 release of 'Keys of the Kingdom'. It's Danilo Madonia at keyboards on the 1999 issue of 'Strange Times', their fifteenth album. Into the new millennium the Moody Blues released 'Hall of Fame' in August 2000, a live album recorded at Royal Albert Hall the previous month. But in 2002 Ray Thomas retired, leaving the Moody Blues to the trio of Hayward, Lodge and Edge. They picked up keyboardist, Alan Hewitt, for their 2010 UK and North American tours. The Moody Blues yet tour and deliver a great rockin' show as of this writing.

The Moody Blues   1964

   Steal Your Heart Away

      First single First side

   Go Now

      Second single First side

     'Top Of The Pops' television program

The Moody Blues   1967

   Days of Future Passed


The Moody Blues   1968

   In Search of the Lost Chord


The Moody Blues   1969

   On the Threshold of a Dream


   To Our Childrens, Childrens, Children


The Moody Blues   1970

   Live in Paris


The Moody Blues   1986

   Your Wildest Dreams

The Moody Blues   2000

   Nights In White Satin

      Filmed live at Royal Albert Hall

The Moody Blues   2010

   Ride My See Saw

      Filmed live in Orlando

The Moody Blues   2011

   Nights In White Satin

      Filmed live in Milwaukee

The Moody Blues   2012

   You & Me

      Filmed live in Providence

The Moody Blues   2013

   Higher and Higher

      Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Moody Blues

Moody Blues

Source: Infoabad

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Peter & Gordon

Peter & Gordon

Source: Frank Beacham

Peter Asher and Gordon Waller had sang together since their days at the Westminster School for Boys, a private school in London. Asher had been a child actor alongside his sister, actress Jane Asher. The team that became known as Peter and Gordon relied heavily on music written by others, especially Lennon-McCartney compositions, though they did write their own material (such as 'Don't Pity Me' and 'I Would Buy You Presents'). They released their first single in 1964, 'A World Without Love' (yeah, a Lennon-McCartney composition). That song placed Peter and Gordon at #1 on both the UK and US charts in March. With that kind of encouragement right out the gate Peter & Gordon figured they were looking at a career. In June that year their release of 'Nobody I Know' climbed to #10 in the UK, #12 in the US. The pair came out strong again in October, 'I Don't Want to See You Again' rising to #9 on Billboard's AC, #16 on the US. Peter & Gordon also toured America for the first time in 1964, appearing on 'Ed Sullivan' in November that year. 1965 was the year Richard Feynman shared the Nobel Prize for his contributions to quantum physics. But Peter & Gordon only looked like nerds. Bill Gates, who was age ten at the time, had plastic surgery, died his hair blazing red and shoplifted a pair of eyeglasses from Amazon so he could look like Pater. I myself was resident behind a pubescent goofball, my greatest contribution to the cosmos likely onanistic that year, while Peter & Gordon from Nerdsville placed yet three more singles on Top Ten charts: 'I Go to Pieces' climbing to #9 on the US in January, 'True Love Ways' reaching #2 in the UK and #14 in the US in April, and 'To Know You Is to Love You' reaching #5 in the UK, #24 in the US in June. Peter & Gordon's last to achieve a Top Ten position was 'Lady Godiva', reaching #15 on the UK, #6 on the US in September of '66. Making their last record releases in 1969 (disbanding in 1968), Asher went on to become a recording executive in California (managing and producing both James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt). Waller went on to found a music publishing company (Steel Wallet International). They reunited again for the first time in 2005 and performed numerously until Waller's death in 2009 of heart attack, only 64 years of age.

Peter & Gordon   1964

   A World Without Love

    'Crackerjack' television program 

   A World Without Love

      Television broadcast

Peter & Gordon   1965

   I Go to Pieces

      Television broadcast

   To Know You

   True Love Ways

      Television broadcast

      Original composition: Buddy Holly

Peter & Gordon   1966

   Knight In Rusty Armor

   Morning's Calling


Peter & Gordon   1967

   If I Fell

   Lady Godiva

      'The Milton Berle Show'

Peter & Gordon   2005


      Filmed live

Peter & Gordon   2008

   A World Without Love

      Filmed live


  Formed in Birmingham in 1963, the remarkable Spencer Davis Group consisted of Muff Winwood on bass, his brother Steve Winwood on organ (who would move on to Blind Faith and, later, Traffic in 1967), Pete York on drums and Spencer Davis oft on harmonica. The band signed their first record contract in 1964, first recording 'Dimples' with 'Sittin' and Thinkin' flip side, followed by 'I Can't Stand It' with 'Midnight Train'. They next released 'Every Little Bit Hurts' with 'It Hurts Me So' in 1965. Though the group disbanded in 1969 it was reunited again in 1973 with different personnel. Fortunately, Spencer Davis yet performs with his group, though its members have changed over the years. As the Spencer Davis Group was mainly blues oriented only several tracks are listed below. Much more Spencer Davis Group is to be found in A Birth of the Blues 4.

Spencer Davis Group   1964


Spencer Davis Group   1965

   Strong Love/This Hammer

Spencer Davis Group   1966

   Keep On Running

   Keep On Running

    Filmed live

   Keep On Running

    Filmed live

   Keep On Running

    French television broadcast


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Spencer Davis Group

Spencer Davis Group   1969

Source: Rok Pool

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart

Source: Event Search

"Mod" vocalist Rod Stewart began his career playing harmonica with folk singer Wizz Jones in 1962, with whom he played in London and on the Continent (getting arrested for vagrancy in Spain). But his first real professional position was with the Five Dimensions, with which he also played harmonica. Stewart's first record release occurred in 1964, singing with Long John Baldry and the Hoochie Coochie Men on 'Up Above My Head'. He began his solo career that same year with the release of 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl'. In 1965 he joined Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger in the formation of Steampacket out of Baldry's then dissolved Hoochie Coochie Men. But it wasn't until 1967, upon joining the Jeff Beck Group, that Stewart began making a name for himself, first arriving to America with Beck in June 1968 to begin a tour at the Fillmore East in NYC. Stewart released the album, 'Truth', with Beck in 1968, 'Beck-Ola' in '69. 'An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down' was Stewart's debut solo album in 1969. He joined the Faces that year as well. Though he hadn't been a member of the prior band, the Small Faces, record company executives credited the first Faces album to the Small Faces in America to capitalize on that band's success. The same album, 'First Step', was credited to the Faces in the United Kingdom. 'Gasoline Alley' was Stewart's second solo release in 1970, followed by 'Every Picture Tells a Story' the next year. He appeared on the Faces' release of 'Long Player' in '71 as well. His solo issue, 'Never a Dull Moment', in '72 preceded his final release with the Faces in 1973, 'Ooh La La'. 'Smiler' appeared in '74, 'A Night on the Town' in '76, 'Foot Loose & Fancy Free' in '77. 'Blondes Have More Fun' in 1978 was Stewart's ninth album, worth four million copies. The song, 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?', appeared on that album. Stewart donated royalties from that single to UNICEF. Stewart's first album release in the eighties was 'Tonight I'm Yours'. He finished that decade with 'Out of Order' in 1988. The nineties commenced with 'Vagabond Heart' in 1991. In '94 he was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. The next year saw the release of 'A Spanner in the Works', followed by 'If We Fall in Love Tonight' in '96 and 'When We Were the New Boys' in '98. Stewart entered the new millennium with 'Human' in 2001. By the next year he was worth 100 million records sold. He released five volumes of 'The Great American Songbook' between '02 and '10. Other releases in the new millennium were 'Merry Christmas, Baby' in 2012, 'Time' the next year and 'Another Country' in 2015. Several of the recordings below are live performances.

Rod Stewart   1964

   Up Above My Head

      With Long John Baldry

   Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

   I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

Rod Stewart   1965

   Why Does It Go On

Rod Stewart   1966


   Shapes Of Things

      With Jeff Beck

Rod Stewart   1967

   Rock My Plimsoul

      With Jeff Beck

   Morning Dew

      Live with Jeff Beck

Rod Stewart   1969

   Man of Constant Sorrow

Rod Stewart   1970

   Away in a Manger

   Country Comfort

     Album: 'Gasoline Alley' 

   Cut Across Shorty

     Album: 'Gasoline Alley'


   Gasoline Alley

     Album: 'Gasoline Alley'

Rod Stewart   1971

   Lady Day

    Filmed live 

   Maggie May

    Filmed live

Rod Stewart   1972

   Maybe I'm Amazed

    Filmed live

Rod Stewart   1977

   Miss Judy's Farm

    Television broadcast

   First Cut Is the Deepest

    'Top of the Pops'

      Original composition: Cat Stevens

   Hot Legs

     Music video 

Rod Stewart   1978

   Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?

Rod Stewart   1983

   Baby Jane

Rod Stewart   1991

   Broken Arrow

     Music video

Rod Stewart   2004

   One Night Only

      Concert at Royal Albert Hall

Rod Stewart   2005

   I've Got a Crush On You

      Album: 'Thanks for the Memory'

     'The Great American Songbook IV'

Rod Stewart   2011

   Shake Your Money Maker/You're In My Heart

    Filmed live 

Rod Stewart   2012

   Auld Lang Syne

    Filmed live 

Rod Stewart   2013

   Live at the Troubadour

    Concert filmed live 


  Guitarist Mick Taylor was fifteen when he first recorded with a band he'd formed with schoolmates, the Juniors. The next year, 1965, he attended a John Mayall performance at which Eric Clapton was missing from the stage. During break Taylor asked Mayall if he might fill Clapton's absence during the next set, to which Mayall agreed, to come to recognize that Taylor was not without talent. Which is how Taylor next found himself in a recording studio, with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, at age seventeen. Taylor first appeared with the Bluesbreakers on their 'Crusade' album. He played guitar on three more Bluesbreakers albums ('Diary of a Band', 'Bare Wires', 'Blues From Laurel Canyon') before filling Brian Jones' missing spot in the Rolling Stones in 1969. (Jones had been dismissed from the Stones for inability to function due to substance abuse, and died by drowning in a swimming pool less than a month later.) Taylor first recorded with the Stones on the tune, 'Honky Tonk Women' and the album 'Let It Bleed'. His last recordings before leaving the Stones were in 1974 on the album, 'It's Only Rock n' Roll'. Taylor guested with various artists until releasing his first solo LP in 1979, 'Mick Taylor'. He entered the eighties touring with Alvin Lee, John Mayall and Bob Dylan, also recording with Dylan. Taylor did session work and toured internationally in the latter eighties. The nineties found him collaborating with Carla Olson in Los Angeles, after which he played with Tumbling Dice for a couple years in Miami before moving back to London. 2000 saw the release of 'A Stone's Throw', his second and last studio LP. Reunions with John Mayall occurred in '03 and '04, various collaborations with prior Stones members in 2010 and '11. The next year he was performing at Stones concerts into 2014 (appearing on the Stones' 2013 release of 'Hyde Park'). Taylor currently resides in Suffolk. He also appears on tracks with John Mayall in Blues 4 and under the Rolling Stones above.)

Mick Taylor   1964

   Pocket Size

      With the Juniors   Side B

   There's a Pretty Girl

      With the Juniors   Side A

Mick Taylor   1968

   Soul Of A Short Fat Man

      With John Mayall   Drums: Keef Hartley

Mick Taylor   1969

   Jiving Sister Fanny

      With the Rolling Stones

      Album: 'Metamorphosis'

Mick Taylor   1979


      Album: 'Mick Taylor'

   Leather Jacket

      Album: 'Mick Taylor'

Mick Taylor   1984

   Every Grain of Sand

      Live with Bob Dylan

Mick Taylor   1993

   Is The Lady Gone

      With Carla Olson   Album: 'Within an Ace'

Mick Taylor   2000

   A Secret Affair

      Album: 'A Stone's Throw'

Mick Taylor   2001

   Giddy Up


Mick Taylor   2009

   Bonn Harmonie

      'Rockpalast' concert

Mick Taylor   2012

   Midnight Rambler

      Filmed live with the Rolling Stones

   Little Red Rooster

      Filmed live at the Iridium

Mick Taylor   2013

   Can't You Hear Me Knocking

      Filmed live with the Rolling Stones


      Filmed live with the Rolling Stones


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Mick Taylor

Mick Taylor

Source: Rocks Off

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Roger Daltry

Roger Daltry

Source: Last FM


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Keith Moon

Keith Moon

Source: Tijolo Blog


In 1959 Roger Daltry, age fifteen, formed a band called the Detours upon being expelled from school. The band apparently had little trouble getting gigs to play corporate functions and weddings right from the begin. Soon after, as the story goes, Daltry saw John Entwistle walking down the street with a bass guitar and called out "I hear you play bass!" Upon which matters unfolded toward Entwistle recommending his friend, Pete Townshend, as a guitarist. The pair had been schoolmates (both dropouts by now) and had played in a band, the Confederates, together. Upon some shifting about of personnel the Detours were renamed the Who in early 1964. A couple months later they met Keith Moon, who had been drumming with a group called the Beachcombers, but they weren't yet ready to rock n roll until June, upon a gig at a place called the Railway, where Townshend accidentally broke the head of his guitar upon the low ceiling above the stage. The audience thought this a laugh, which made Townshend angry. He thus commenced to destroy the guitar, then picked up another and did the same, upon which Moon made an act out of the incident by kicking over his drum set. Now out with the old and in with the new, the Who were ready to sign a recording contract with Brunswick Records, an arm of Decca. The band's first single was released in the US in December of '64: 'I Can't Explain', followed by an appearance on the 'Ready Steady Go!' television program in '65. The Who next released 'Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere' and 'My Generation' that year. The Who first visited North America in 1967, but made little impact until their '69 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. 'I Can See for Miles', written by Townshend, was issued that year. It remains the Who's top selling single, the only one that reached the Top Ten of Billboard's Hot 100 at #9. Like the Kinks, the Who were at first a brawling band at fisticuffs with each other and, like the Kinks, made the destruction of musical instruments part of their show. Which blew up in Keith Moon's face while on tour that year, his drum set packed with ten times the explosives intended, throwing him from his seat with singed hair and a cut to the arm from cymbal shrapnel. (See 1967 below.) Hazardous duty pay arrived later that year in the form of the album, 'The Who Sell Out' (containing "I Can See for Miles'). The Who released the album, 'Tommy' in 1969, then appeared at the Woodstock Festival. 'Live at Leeds' was issued in 1970. In 1971 John Entwistle became the first of the Who to issue a solo album, 'Smash Your Head Against the Wall'. The Who's album, 'Who's Next', appeared in August of '71. Townshend released his debut solo album, 'Who Came First', in October of '72. Daltry followed with his, 'Daltry', in April of '73. 'Quadrophenia' saw release in October '73. 'Tommy', the film scored by Townshend, was issued in March 1975. It grossed above two million its first month and the soundtrack rose #2 on the Billboard chart. Also that March arrived Moon's first and only solo LP, 'Two Sides of the Moon'. 'The Who by Numbers' appeared in October of '75, 'Who Are You' in August 1978. Moon's last public appearance was in September that year, attending a party given by Paul McCartney. Upon returning home that evening he swallowed 32 tablets of Heminevrin (clomethiazol, prescribed against alcohol withdrawal) and was discovered dead the next morning. He was replaced by Kenney Jones. 'Quadrophenia', the film, was issued in 1979. '79 was the year a Who concert made evident that attending a concert could be dangerous (like no one, including myself, had realized that up to that time). Common was the problem of crowd control as people waited for concert doors to open. The rear of a crowd would gradually push the front of a crowd forward until those at the front had no option but get smashed either against or through closed doors. The variety of that action which occurred in Cincinnati at the Riverfront Coliseum, blamed largely on unassigned seating (people competing for the best spots), killed eleven fans and injured 23 more. The Who were among those sued. (Families of the deceased were awarded $150,000 in 1983, with $750,000 divided amongst the wounded.) Daltry appeared in the film, 'McVicar', in 1980, collateral damage imaginary. The album, 'Face Dances', appeared in 1981, 'It's Hard' in '82. The Who engaged a tour that year to push 'It's Hard', but announced it as their last (which it was for Kenney Jones). The band would reunite twice in the eighties before touring together again in '89. The Who reunited again in 1999 until John Entwistle's death in 2002. The only two original members of the Who yet living, Daltry and Townshend, issued 'Endless Wire' in 2006. The Who continue to tour as of this writing. Interspersed with tracks by the Who below are individual solo recordings. Per 1973 all tracks are from Moon's sole solo album, 'Two Sides of the Moon'. .

The Who   1964

   I Can't Explain

      First issue   Side A

   Bald Headed Woman

      First issue   Side B

The Who   1965

   Anyway Anyhow Anywhere/Shout and Shimmy

      'Ready Steady GO!' television program

   Barbara Ann

      'Filmed live'

The Who   1967

   I Can See For Miles

      'Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'

   I Can See For Miles/My Generation

     'Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour' audio recording

     Keith Moon exploding drum set incident 

The Who   1969

   It's a Boy

      Album: 'Tommy'


      Album: 'Tommy'

   Summertime Blues/My Generation

     Live at the Electric Factory


      Album: 'Tommy'

The Who   1970

   Summertime Blues

      Album: 'Live at Leeds'

John Entwistle   1971

   Smash Your Head Against the Wall


The Who   1971

   We're Not Gonna Take It

      Live at the Warehouse

   Who's Next


Pete Townshend   1972

   Sleeping Dog

      Album: 'Who Came First'

Roger Daltry   1973

   It's A Hard Life/Giving It All Away


John Entwistle   1973

   My Wife

      Album: 'Rigor Mortis Sets In'

The Who   1973


     Filmed live



Keith Moon   1975


   Crazy Like a Fox

   Do Me Good

   Don't Worry Baby

   In My Life

   The Kids Are Alright

   Move Over Ms. L.

   Naked Man

   Together Rap

      With Ringo Starr

The Who   1975

   We're Not Gonna Take It

      Live In Houston

The Who   1978

   Who Are You?

Roger Daltry   1980

   Free Me

   Without Your Love

Pete Townshend   1982

   Slit Skirts

     Album: 'All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes'

The Who   1982

   Eminence Front

      Filmed ive

Roger Daltry   1985

   After the Fire

      Music video

Pete Townshend   1985

   Live with Deep End

    Filmed concert

Pete Townshend   1986

   Give Blood

     Filmed live with David Gilmour

Roger Daltry   1992

   I Want It All

      Live with Queen

John Entwistle   1999

   The Real Me

      Filmed live

The Who   2001

   Who Are You/Baba O'Riley


    Behind Blue Eyes/Won't Get Fooled Again


Roger Daltry   2008

   Behind Blue Eyes

      Filmed live

Roger Daltry   2009

   Who Are You?

      Filmed live

Roger Daltry   2011

   Pictures of Lily

      Filmed live

   Pinball Wizard

      Filmed live

   We're Not Going to Take It

      Filmed live

Pete Townshend   2011


      Filmed live

   I'm One

      Filmed live

Pete Townshend   2012

   Love Reign O'er Me

      Live with Jeff Beck

The Who   2012

   Baba O'Riley

      Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: John Entwistle

John Entwistle   1967

Source:  Ashen Lady


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

Source:  RockFile Radio

  Organist (Hammond B-3) Steve Winwood lived close to the Birmingham music halls. He thus acquired experience as an adolescent backing big names who generally toured without a band, hiring locals along their itinerary: Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Howling Wolf, BB King, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Eddie Boyd, Otis Spann, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley - not bad company in which to find oneself as a teenager, and must have done him some good considering his remarkable musicianship. At age fourteen Winwood was capable enough to join, not just any band, but the remarkable Spencer Davis Group, along with his brother Muff (who would become a successful record producer). That ensemble's first release was 'Dimples' (1965), which didn't fare too well. But the later release that year of 'Keep On Running' allowed Winwood to purchase his own Hammond B-3 organ. While with the Spencer Davis Group Winwood also played in guitarist Eric Clapton's young band, Powerhouse. When Spencer Davis left his group in April of 1967 Winwood transformed it into Traffic. The original members of that band were Jim Capoldi (drums), Dave Mason (guitar) and Chris Wood (saxophone). Traffic's first 45 release was 'Paper Moon' with 'Hole In My Shoe' flip side in 1967, both below. It's first album the same year was titled 'Mr. Fantasy'. That band toured the States in '68. In 1969 Winwood formed Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, drummer Ginger Baker and Ric Grech at bass. The band toured once, after which Clapton left to join Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, which had been Blind Faith's opening act. The group that was left was reshaped into Air Force, with Ginger Baker at helm. Traffic released what is likely its best-known LP in November of '71, 'The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys' which went platinum. Traffic released the eighth and final album of its continuous existence, 'When the Eagle Flies', in 1974. The band was touring that year when Winwood walked off the stage in Chicago and didn't come back. He didn't arrive to the band's scheduled appearance the next evening either and the band was dissolved. Winwood released his debut eponymously titled LP in 1977. 'Arc of a Diver' followed in 1980. 'Back In the High Life' appeared in 1986, 'Roll With It' in '88 and 'Refugees of the Heart' in 1990. Winwood released 'Far From Home' as Traffic's ninth album in 1994, though with the exception of percussionist, Jim Capaldi, it was largely a solo endeavor. Winwood released 'Junction Seven' in 1997. Into the new millennium Winwood issued 'About Time' in 2003 and 'Nine Lives' in 2008. Winwood has done a lot of session work, especially after leaving Traffic. He is thus found on tracks by all number of artists from Jimi Hendrix' 'Electric Ladyland' of '68 to Marianne Faithfull's 'Broken English' in '79 to Gov't Mule's (a limb off the Allman Brothers Band) 'Shout!' in 2013. Winwood currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife since 1987, Eugenia Crafton. They have had four children and own a rural home in Gloucestershire as well.

Steve Winwood   1964


      With the Spencer Davis Group

Steve Winwood   1965

   Keep On Running

      Television performance with the Spencer Davis Group

Steve Winwood   1967

   Heaven Is In Your Mind

      With Traffic   Album: 'Mr. Fantasy'

   Hole In My Shoe

      With Traffic   Album: 'Mr. Fantasy'

   Paper Sun

      With Traffic   Album: 'Mr. Fantasy'

Steve Winwood   1969

   Live at Hyde Park

      Filmed concert with Blind Faith

Steve Winwood   1970

   John Barleycorn Must Die

      Album with Traffic

Steve Winwood   1972

   Dear Mr. Fantasy

    Filmed live

   Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys

      Filmed live

Steve Winwood   1980

   Arc of a Diver

    Album: 'Arc of a Diver'

Steve Winwood   1986

   Back In The High Life Again

   The Finer Things

   Higher Love

   While You See a Chance

Steve Winwood   1987


Steve Winwood   2003

   Dear Mr. Fantasy

      Filmed live

   Why Can't We Live Together

    Album: 'About Time' 

Steve Winwood   2004

   While My Guitar Gently Weeps

      Filmed live with Tom Petty   Featuring Prince

Steve Winwood   2007

   Can't Find My Way Home

      Filmed live With Eric Clapton

   Dear Mr. Fantasy

      Filmed live

   Presence of the Lord

      Filmed live With Eric Clapton

Steve Winwood   2008


      Filmed live With Eric Clapton

Steve Winwood   2009

   Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

      Filmed live

Steve Winwood   2010

   Gimme Some Lovin'

      'David Letterman Show'

Steve Winwood   2012

   Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys

      Filmed live

Steve Winwood   2013

   Keep On Running

      Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood

Source: Past Daily

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Ron Wood

Ron Wood

Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Source: creedence80100

Guitarist Ronnie Wood was born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, in 1947. He began his professional career in 1964 with the Birds. In 1967 he joined an ensemble called Santa Barbara Machine Head before signing on with the Jeff Beck Goup as a bassist. While with Beck, Wood also played guitar, his preferred instrument, with Creation. In 1969 Wood and Rod Stewart, who had also been with Jeff Beck, joined members of the Small Faces, now dissolved upon Steve Marriott leaving the band, to form Quiet Melon, then the Faces. Wood played bass on Melon tracks that year (notably 'Diamond Joe'), then joined Rod Stewart in the issue of Stewart's initial solo LP, 'An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down', The Faces released their debut LP, 'First Step', in 1970. It was 1973 when Wood's relationship with the Rolling Stones began - with which band he has played rhythm, lead and slide - also collaborating with Mick Jagger that year on the tune, 'It's Only Rock 'n Roll'. Having been with the Stones ever since pretty much writes of Wood's abilities, no one getting near the Stones who's not already a serious talent. But in 1974 he got together with a group billed as Woody and Friends to tour. They (to include Rod Stewart, keyboardist, Ian McLagen and Keith Richards among others were filmed in July at Kilburn Gaumont State Theatre in London. (Some refer to that group as the first Barbarians, due the name of his '79 band, the New Barbarians, reinforced in 2007 by the release of 'The First Barbarians: Live from Kilburn'.) In December of 1974 he participated in what was released on DVD in 2000 as 'Rod Stewart & Faces - The Final Concert with Keith Richards'. (That wasn't, however, their last public performance. The Faces continued to tour until their dissolution in late 1975.) Between 1974 and 2007 Wood released thirteen solo or collaborative albums. His first was 'I've Got My Own Album to Do', with contributions from Jagger and Keith Richards, followed by 'Now Look' the next year. 'Gimme Some Neck', his third, appeared in 1979, upon which he formed the New Barbarians (to include Ian McLagen and Keith Richards among others) to promote it with a tour. Wood's last studio LP was 'I Feel Like Playing', in 2010. Wood was also an accomplished artist (having attended the Eating Art College in 1963). To the right is one of his 'Conversation Piece' paintings as of 2004. In 2005 Wood founded his record company, Wooden Records. Wood has also published three books, a couple featuring his art and an autobiography, 'Ronnie', as of 2007. Currently part owner of the Scream gallery in London, Wood resides in homes both there and in Ireland. He continues to tour with the Stones as of this writing, having been with that band above forty years now. Tracks below largely approach Ron Wood's solo career. He otherwise appears on tracks with the Faces and Rolling Stones, also on this page. Entries below are chronological by year only, alphabetical thereafter.

Ron Wood   1964

   You Don't Care

      With the Birds

   You're On My Mind

      With the Birds

Ron Wood   1965

   No Good Without You Baby

      With the Birds

   That's All I Need You For

      With the Birds   Film: 'The Deadly Bees'

Ron Wood   1974

   Am I Grooving You

      Filmed live with Woody & Friends

   Cancel Everything

      Filmed live with Woody & Friends

   Far East Man

      Album: 'I've Got My Own Album to Do'

   Gimme Some Neck

      Filmed live with Woody & Friends

   I Can Feel the Fire

      Album: 'I've Got My Own Album to Do'

   I'd Rather Go Blind

      Filmed live with the Faces

   Mystifies Me

      Filmed live with Woody & Friends


      Album: 'I've Got My Own Album to Do'

   Take a Look At the Guy

      Filmed live with Woody & Friends

Ron Wood   1979

   Natty Dread

      Filmed live with Bob Marley

Ron Wood   1985

   Blowing in the Wind

      Live Aid Concert with Bob Dylan and Keith Richards

Ron Wood   1992


      Album: 'Slide On This'

Ron Wood   2001

   Little Queenie

      Live with Slash

Ron Wood   2004

   Maggie May

      Filmed live with Rod Stewart

Ron Wood   2010

   Lucky Man

      Filmed live

   Miss You/Crossroads

      Filmed live with Buddy Guy & Johnny Lang

Ron Wood   2011

   Sinple Red

      Filmed live with Slash, BB King & Mike Hucknall

Ron Wood   2012

   Stay With Me

      Filmed live With Mick Hucknall

Ron Wood   2013

   How Soon Is Now?

      Live with Johnny Marr


Birth of Rock and Roll: Painting by Ron Wood

Conversation Piece   Painting by Wood

Source: Bunker Sonica

  What had briefly been the Metropolitan Blues Quartet became the Yardbirds in 1963, backing Cyril Davies the same year. The Yardbirds were host to a few of rock n roll's guitar virtuosos. Original guitarist, Top Topham, was replaced in October 1963 by Eric Clapton. Clapton was replaced by Jeff Beck in 1965. Jimmy Page replaced bassist, Paul Samwell-Smith, in 1966, and later traded places with Chris Dreja, sharing lead with Beck until the latter was fired as an habitual no-show in October 1966, after which Page took over lead altogether. (One famous non-Yardbirds example of Beck and Page playing together is 'Beck's Bolero', under Jeff Beck higher on this page. Also under Beck is one of the rare occasions of Beck, Page and Clapton appearing on stage together for one of the finest concert tours in rock history, the ARMS concerts in 1983.) The first 45 released by the Yardbirds was in 1964: 'I Wish You Would' b/w 'A Certain Girl', followed by 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl'/'I Ain't Got You' the same year. The Yardbirds debut album, 'Five Live Yardbirds', released in 1964, was recorded at the Marquee Club in London. They issued another live LP in 1966 with Sonny Boy Williamson II. The Yardbirds' first of five studio albums, 'For Your Love', was issued in June of '65 before their first arrival to the States in August that year. Their last studio album, 'Little Games', saw light in July 1967. Page put together another configuration of the Yardbirds, called the New Yardbirds, with Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones in 1968, which band would become Led Zeppelin later that year. The Yardbirds, having been dispersed, would reunite in the eighties, notably via Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty, both keeping the Yardbirds name in the public eye into the new millennium. About half of the edits below are live performances.

The Yardbirds   1964

   Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

      Second release   Side A

   I Ain't Got You

      Second release   Side B

   I Wish You Would/A Certain Girl

      First release   Sides A & B

   Smokestack Lightning


   You Can't Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover

The Yardbirds   1965

   For Your Love

    Television performance

   Hang On Sloopy

    Filmed live

   Heart of Soul

     Filmed live

   Over Under Sideways Down

     Television performance

   Still I'm Sad

The Yardbirds   1966

   Boom Boom

   Shapes of Things

    Television performance

   Stroll On

      Film: 'Blow-Up'

   Roger the Engineer


The Yardbirds   1967

   Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

     Filmed live

   Ten Little Indians

   Live in Stockholm

The Yardbirds   1968

   Dazed and Confused

      Filmed live

   Heart Full of Soul

      Television performance

   Train Kept a Rollin'

     Television performance


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds

Source: Great Song

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Brian Auger

Brian Auger

Source: Glide Magazine

Organist Brian Auger formed his first band in 1962, the Brian Auger Trio, with bass player Rick Laird and drummer Phil Knorra. In 1963 he put together his first configuration of The Trinity with Rick Laird on upright bass and Phil Kinorra on drums, expanded in 1964 to include guitarist John McLaughlin and saxophonist Glen Hughes. Auger's debut record release is thought to have been with Chris Barber for the January 1965 issue of 'Morning Train'/'Finishing Straight' while a member of Trinity. Also in January of 1965 Auger switched from piano to a Hammond B-3 for the recording his first album, 'Don’t Send Me No Flowers', with Sonny Boy Williamson II, though that wasn't released until 1968. In May of '65 Auger issued, with The Trinity, 'Fool Killer'/'Let's Do It Tonight' and 'Green Onions'/'Kiko'. It was yet 1965 when Auger put together Steampacket (not to be confused with the Swedish band, Steam Packet) with Julie Driscoll, Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry, with which band he first toured the United States but made no recordings. Auger created his next configuration of The Trinity in 1967, releasing the album, 'Open', that year. That Trinity's last album was 'Befour' in 1970. Upon the disbanding of Trinity that year Auger formed the Oblivion Express. Notable in the eighties were his keyboard contributions to the album, 'Odissea', released by Mango in 1986. Auger began the nineties playing piano on the release of 'Super Jam' in 1990. He then toured and recorded with Eric Burdon before reforming the Oblivion Express in the latter nineties. Various formations of that group have appeared well into the new millennium. Auger issued the solo album, 'Language of the Heart,' in 2012. More of Brian Auger under Julie Driscoll higher on this page.

Brian Auger   1965

   Morning Train

      With the Chris Barber Soul Band

Brian Auger & Trinity   1965

   Fool Killer


Brian Auger & Trinity   1967

   Black Cat

      Live with the Trinity

Brian Auger   1968

   Don't Send Me No Flowers

      With Jimmy Page & Sonny Boy Williamson II


      With Jimmy Page & Sonny Boy Williamson II

Brian Auger & Trinity   1969

   Let's Do It Tonight

      Album: 'Jools/Brian'


      Album: 'Jools/Brian'

Brian Auger & Trinity   1970

   Fire In the Mind

    Album: 'Befour'

Brian Auger & Oblivion Express   1971

   Dragon Song

Brian Auger & Oblivion Express   1972


Brian Auger & Oblivion Express   1973

   Inner City Blues

Brian Auger & Oblivion Express   1975

   Bumpin' On Sunset

Brian Auger Band   1991

   Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

      Filmed live with Eric Burden

   Spill the Wine/Tobacco Road

      Filmed live with Eric Burden

Brian Auger & Oblivion Express   2004

   Compared To What

      Filmed live with Savannah Grace Auger

Brian Auger & Oblivion Express   2012

   Straight Ahead

      Live with Alex Ligertwood

Brian Auger & Trinity   2012


      Filmed live


  Born Mark Feld in East London, glam rocker Marc Bolan put together his first band, a skiffle group, at age twelve (1959). That group didn't go far, and neither did academics, as Feld quit school at age fourteen. His alleged first recording, 'Mrs. Jones', occurred in 1963 (age 16). It is included below, though it is not yet proven to be Feld on the acetate demo discovered among thousands of other recordings upon the early death of famous producer, Joe Meek, in 1967. (Those acetates and tapes took various paths [not a few of the tapes erased and used for blanks]. The bunch to which Bolan's alleged acetate belonged were not investigated until one Alan Blackburn indexed them in the eighties.) It is certain, however, that Feld recorded 'All At Once' the next year (1964), albeit that tune was not released until 2008 by Thunderwing Productions. Feld's next recordings came in 1965, among them 'Blowin' In the Wind' and 'The Road I'm On (Gloria)'. The name "Mark Feld" on the two-sided acetate (of which two exist, as well as a single-sided acetate of 'The Road I'm On') was scratched out and "Toby Tyler" written above, so Feld was considering a name change at the time. The master tapes yet in good condition, 'The Road I'm On (Gloria)' was eventually released on vinyl in 1989 by Archive Jive Records. It was released with 'Blowin' In the Wind' on CD in 1993, upon verification in 1991, by Zinc Alloy Records. All of which is slightly murky in a scattered about manner until one arrives to Feld's first record release in 1965, now as Marc Bolan: 'The Wizard' with 'Beyond The Rising Sun' flip side. In 1967 Bolan briefly joined a band called John's Children, after which he formed Tyrannosaurus Rex. Originally a band of four members, Tyrannosaurus Rex proved a monster to Bolan and was quickly reduced to a duo with drummer Steve Took, issuing 'Debora' in 1968. (Their debut performance occurred at the London nightclub, Middle Earth, in 1967. Somebody recorded it, such that it was released in 2002 on the album, 'There Was a Time'.) It was with Took that Bolan first toured the United States (1968), after which Took was fired, ostensibly due to excessive drug use, and replaced by Mickey Finn. Tyrannosaurus Rex became T. Rex in 1970, 'Ride A White Swan' that group's first release the same year. By this time Bolan was making a name for himself and would collaborate with a number of major names over the next several years, including David Bowie and ke & Tina Turner. Howsoever, Bolan would die in 1977 (age thirty) when a car driven by singer, Gloria Jones, struck a tree. Jones was seriously injured but not killed. She was further devastated, however, when Bolan's home was looted during his funeral, her possessions taken as well. (She and Bolan were in a relationship that had produced a son.) Jones returned to America with nothing but Bolan's child. In 1978, she released the album, 'Windstorm', dedicated to Bolan. One irony in the midst of it all was that Bolan feared driving, thus had never learned. Per above, the index below begins with a 1963 demo by Mark Feld, mootly thought to be Bolan. His 1964 recording of 'All At Once' wasn't released until 2008.

Marc Bolan   1963

   Mrs. Jones

      Acetate demo   Unreleased

      Bolan possibly as Mark Feld

Marc Bolan   1964

   All At Once

      As Mark Feld   Released in 2008

Marc Bolan   1965

   Beyond the Rising Sun

      First release   Side B

   The Wizard

      First release   Side A

Marc Bolan   1966

   San Francisco Poet

Marc Bolan & John's Children   1967

   Arthur Green


   Go Go Girl

   Hippy Gumbo

      Unreleased acetate demo

   Hot Rod Mama

   Sarah Crazy Child

Marc Bolan & Tyrannosaurus Rex   1968


      First Tyrannosaurus Rex release   Side A

   One Inch Rock

      First Tyrannosaurus Rex release   Side B

   Salamanda Palaganda

Marc Bolan & Tyrannosaurus Rex   1969

   Chariots of Silk

   Unicorn Horn

   Warlord Of The Royal Crocodiles

Marc Bolan & Tyrannosaurus Rex   1970

   Beard of Stars/Seas of Abyssinia

Marc Bolan & T. Rex   1970

   Ride a White Swan

      First T. Rex release

   Summertime Blues

Marc Bolan & T. Rex   1971

   Get It On

      'Bang a Gong (Get It On)' in America

   Hot Love

   Ride a White Swan

      Filmed live in Paris

Marc Bolan & T. Rex   1972

   Live in London

      Filmed concert

   The Slider

      Album: 'The Slider'

Marc Bolan & T. Rex   1973

   20th Century Boy

Marc Bolan & T. Rex   1974

   Children of the Revolution

      Music video with Elton John & Ringo Starr

Marc Bolan & T. Rex   1976

   I Love to Boogie

   Teenager In Love

Marc Bolan & T. Rex   1977

   To Know You Is To Love You

      With Gloria Jones

   Tame My Tiger

       With Gloria Jones

Marc Bolan & Tyrannosaurus Rex   2002


      Debut performance   Recorded 1967


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Marc Bolan

Marc Bolan

Source: BPEMЯ Z

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Easybeats

The Easybeats

Photo: United Artist Records

Source: Nite Owl

As Queen Elizabeth II is also Queen of Australia, Steve Wright and the Easybeats can be considered a British invasion band, first touring America as the opening act for the Buckinghams ('Kind of a Drag') in 1967. They also opened for the Rolling Stones on a later tour in the States that year. The Easybeats released their first single, 'For My Woman' in 1965. Upon disbanding in 1969 Steve Wright embarked upon a variety of solo ventures, such as the role of Simon the Zealot in the Australian stage production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. His debut solo album appeared in 1974: 'Hard Road'. As for the Queen of Rock n Roll, Elizabeth II, after practicing with her scepter as a microphone, she first toured to the United States in October 1957 on "official" business with President Eisenhower, visiting Jamestown, New York City and Washington DC. But it's rather obvious by now that she was planning the British Invasion. She kept her intentions secret, however, even to this day, so Eisenhower can't be blamed for what the American people had coming to them anyway.

Steve Wright & the Easybeats   1965

   Easy As Can Be

   For My Woman

      First issue

   Sad and Lonely and Blue

   She's So Fine

   Wedding Ring

Steve Wright & the Easybeats   1966

   Come and See Her

   Friday On My Mind

   I Can See

   I'll Make You Happy

   In My Book


   Women (Make You Feel Alright)

Steve Wright & the Easybeats   1968

   Falling Off the Edge of the World

   Hello, How Are You

Steve Wright & the Easybeats   1969

   H.P. Man

   St. Louis

Steve Wright   1974


      Album: 'Hard Road'


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Easybeats

Elizabeth II

Queen of Rock n Roll

Source: ArtsBj

  Peter Frampton (aka The Face) was born in London in 1950. He played in his first band, the Little Ravens, at age twelve. He and David Bowie, three years older, were pupils at Bromley Technical School where they often played such as Buddy Holly songs together during lunch breaks. (Bowie's band was called George and the Dragons.) At age fourteen Frampton joined a band called the Trubeats, followed the next year by the Preachers, with whom he made his first recordings in 1965. Frampton became a member of the Herd in 1966, with which he stayed through most of 1968, then joined Steve Marriott in the formation of Humble Pie in early 1969 (age 18). Leaving Humble Pie in 1971, Frampton embarked on his solo career with the release of his album, 'Wind of Change' in 1972, followed by 'Frampton's Camel' in 1973. Tracks below concern Frampton apart Humble Pie. For Frampton with that band see Humble Pie below. Most of the edits below are live performances.

Peter Frampton   1965

   Hole In My Soul

      With the Preachers

   Too Old In The Head

      With the Preachers

Peter Frampton   1967

   From the Underworld

      Television performance with the Herd

Peter Frampton   1968

   I Don't Want Our Lovin' To Die

      Television performance with the Herd

Peter Frampton   1973

   Frampton's Camel


Peter Frampton   1975

   Do You Feel Like We Do

   Show Me the Way

Peter Frampton   1976

   Baby, I Love Your Way

      Album: 'Frampton Comes Alive'

   Do You Feel Like We Do

     Filmed live

Peter Frampton   1995

   Do You Feel Like We Do

     Filmed live

Peter Frampton   2000

   Lines On My Face

      Album: 'Live In Detroit'

Peter Frampton   2003

   While My Guitar Gently Weeps

      Album: 'Now'

Peter Frampton   2008

   Festival de Viña del Mar

      Filmed concert

Peter Frampton   2010

   While My Guitar Gently Weeps

      Filmed concert

Peter Frampton   2011

   Baby I Love Your Way

    Filmed live in Amsterdam

   I'll Give You Money

    Filmed live in Amsterdam

   Wind Of Change

    Filmed live in Amsterdam

   Show Me the Way

    Filmed live in Amsterdam

   While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    Filmed live in Amsterdam

Peter Frampton   2012

   Do You Feel Like We Do

    Live at Beacon Theater

Peter Frampton   2013

   Lines On My Face

    Filmed live

   Mississippi Queen

      Filmed live with Leslie West


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

Source: Desciclopedia

  Born in Scotland, Donovan Leitch brought a little psychedelia to folk music. The demos he recorded in 1964 resulted in his first record contract in 1965 (Pye Records), his first release 'Catch the Wind' followed by 'Colours'. Much more Donovan as well as other British folk musicians will be found at Folk Music.

Donovan   1965

   Catch the Wind

      First release


      Second release


British Invasion: Donovan

Donovan Leitch

Source: Paper Blog


British Invasion: Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh

Source: All Music
Peter Tosh was a reggae musician known well in association with his Rastafarian friends, Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. What makes Tosh a British Invasion musician was being born in Grange Hill, Jamaica, Jamaica a Commonwealth realm of Elizabeth II, its Queen and head of state. Born Winston Hubert McIntosh in 1944, Tosh was a self-taught guitarist who arrived in Kingston at age fifteen to take singing lessons from Joe Higgs, a popular Kingston talent. Which is how Tosh, Marley and Wailer. got together in 1963 to form a ska and rocksteady group called the Teenagers, which became the Wailing Rudeboys, which became the Wailing Wailers, at which point a recording contract with Jamaican label, Studio One, was acquired, to the result of Tosh's debut recordings released per the album, 'The Wailing Wailers', in 1965. Tosh kept with the Wailers until 1974, leaving the same year as Wailer, each to pursue solo careers. He released his first solo album, 'Legalize It!', in 1976 for Columbia. In addition to collaborations and a couple of live LPs Tosh issued six more studio albums before his death in 1987: 'Equal Rights', 'Bush Doctor', 'Mystic Man', 'Wanted Dread and Alive', 'Mama Africa', and 'No Nuclear War'. Despite recording for American and British labels (Columbia, Trojan, EMI) Tosh lived in Jamaica where his political music clashed with Jamaican authorities, he beaten three times during as many cannabis arrests. ('Legalize It' and 'Mark of the Beast' had been banned from Jamaican radio in '76.) In September of '87 Tosh was at his home with guests in Kingston when a gang of three robbers entered, the gunman a former inmate Tosh had befriended upon the man's prior release from prison. Tosh and three others lost their lives during that incident in which Tosh didn't have the money that his killer thought he did. One Dennis Lobban ("Leppo") was tried and hung for all four murders, his accomplices remaining unknown. Per below, though Tosh's recording career began in 1965 with the album, 'The Wailing Wailers', that and other recordings during his time with the Wailers are under Bob Marley. The list below doesn't commence until his first solo releases in 1976.

Peter Tosh   1976


    LP: 'Legalize It!'

  Legalize It

    LP: 'Legalize It!'

  Mark of the Beast

    LP: 'Live & Dangerous'

Peter Tosh   1978

 Bush Doctor


Peter Tosh   1979

  Live in Montreux

    Filmed concert

  Mystic Man


Peter Tosh   1983

  Live at the Greek Theater

    Filmed concert

  Live in Rotterdam

    Filmed concert

  Mama Africa


Peter Tosh   1984

  Captured Live

    Filmed concert

Peter Tosh   1987

  No Nuclear War

    LP: 'No Nuclear War'


British Invasion: Bunny Wailer

Bunny Wailer

Source: Dance Hall Reggae Fever
Bunny Wailer (also known as Jah B) was born Neville Livingston in 1947 in Kingston, Jamaica. He and Bob Marley had been comrades ever since they were toddlers. Wailer missed his first audition in 1962 for Beverley's Records, getting held up at school. In 1963 he, Marley and Peter Tosh formed a ska and rocksteady group called the Teenagers, which became the Wailing Rudeboys, which became the Wailing Wailers, at which point a recording contract with Jamaican label, Studio One, was won, to the result of Wailers' debut recordings released per the album, 'The Wailing Wailers', in 1965. Wailer remained with the Wailers until 1974, the year he and Tosh said enough to touring in Great Britain and the States, each to begin their own solo careers in Jamaica. His initial solo album in 1976, 'Blackheart Man', was a joint production in Jamaica between Island Records and his own label, Solomonic. Of the Wailer, Marley and Tosh team, only Wailer has lived to a normal life expectancy. Marley died in 1981 of melanoma. Tosh was murdered in 1987. Wailer has since continued to issue a steady stream of albums. With well above twenty original LP releases in his catalogue, among Wailer's latest in the new millennium were 'World Peace' ('03), 'Rub a Dub' ('07) and 'Cross Culture' ('09). Per below,  though Wailer's recording career began in 1965 with the album, 'The Wailing Wailers', that and other recordings during his time with the Wailers are under Bob Marley. The list below doesn't commence until his first solo releases in 1976.

Bunny Wailer   1976

  Blackheart Man

    Debut solo album

Bunny Wailer   1978



Bunny Wailer   1983

  Roots Radics Rockers Reggae

    Reissue of 'In I Father's House' 1979

Bunny Wailer   1986

  Blackheart Man

    Filmed at Madison Square Garden

Bunny Wailer   1987

  Reggae Sunsplash

    Filmed concert

Bunny Wailer   2000

  Help Us Jah

    LP: 'Communication'

Bunny Wailer   2015

  Rastaman Chant

    Filmed in Berlin


    Rock and Groove


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Move

The Move

Source: Elsewhere

Although very popular in the United Kingdom, The Move acquired no audience at all in America, even after touring the States in 1969. The Move was formed in December 1965 by original members Roy Wood (guitar), Bev Bevan (drums), Chris Kefford (bass), Carl Wayne (vocals) and guitarist Trevor Burton. It's first single, 'Night of Fear', was released in 1966. Side A of their second release was 'I Can Hear The Grass Grow' in 1967. Side B, 'Flowers In the Rain', appears on their first album in 1968, 'Move' (below), which was not released in the United States. 'Live at the Fillmore 1969' was released the next year. Both 'Shazam' and 'Looking On' were issued in 1970, guitarist, Jeff Lynne, appearing on the latter. The Move's last LP, ' Message from the Country', was released in 1971. By that time the Move had been reduced to the trio of Bevan, Lynne and Wood, which they were in the process of transforming into the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). Thus at that same 'Message From the Country' session personnel were added and the first ELO album was recorded for release in 1971: 'The Electric Light Orchestra'. The Move continued issuing singles into 1972, though by that time the group had dissolved. Bevan resurrected a reformation of the Move in 2004, Burton rejoining in 2006. The pair split into separate bands in 2014.

The Move   1966

   Night Of Fear

The Move   1967

   I Can Hear the Grass Grow

   I Can Hear the Grass Grow

      German television broadcast

   Night Of Fear/Walk Upon the Water

      German television broadcast

The Move   1968

   Blackberry Way

      Filmed live


The Move   1969

   I Can Hear the Grass Grow


The Move   1970

   Looking On


The Move   1971

   California Man

      Filmed live

   Message From the Country



  Having left home at age 16 singer Robert Plant bounced from one dead-end job to the next, managing to make his first dead-end recordings with CBS Records two years later (1966). He also sang with the Crawling King Snakes for a brief period where he met future partner, drummer, John Bonham. Jimmy Page was in the Yardbirds and putting together a new formation. In need of a lead singer, Terry Reid turned him down. Page then attended a show at which Plant was singing in a band named Obstweedle and asked him if he'd like to be in the Yardbirds. At the audition Page thought there might be something wrong with Plant that prevented him from getting along with others, for he couldn't believe that Plant had been going nowhere for such a long time with such conspicuous talent. But, no, that's just the way the quantum had shifted things about. Here was a prize who, amazingly, no one had yet recognized, and Page grabbed it, come what may. Plant then recommended drummer and friend, John Bonham. Page then recruited John Paul Jones with whom he had done session work. That band briefly became the New Yardbirds while on tour in 1968, the same year that what came to be identified from out of all quantum possibilities was one of the most powerful of the British invasion bands, Led Zeppelin. That such is so is proof that Elizabeth II was enlisting science in her assault upon America. The United States, now nigh rubble from incessant bombing by the Beatles and Rolling Stones, was planning last ditch defenses with such as its Latin Santana division. But Led Zeppelin got the jump and the land was pummeled into submission from sea to shining sea. Led Zeppelin sealed British triumph for good and Queen, and the American public would have to live with it or migrate to Antarctica in search for a new emperor. Most deceived people think Elizabeth II had nothing to do with the Invasion. But the formation of the band, Queen, in 1970 was but one brazen mask of a clue, a snubbing of her nose with a private joke of Guess Who? at America, the latter now paying the tit for tat price for its defiance of royalty per the American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783. As for Robert Plant, between 1982 and 2014 he released fifteen solo and collaborative albums. His first was 'Pictures at Eleven'. Collaborations with Jimmy Page appeared in '84, '94 and 98'. His duo with country musician, Allison Krauss, in 2007, 'Raising Sand', won the Album of the Year Grammy Award in 2008. Plant's latest studio release was 'Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar', preceded in 2012 by his only live solo album, 'Sensational Space Shifters'. Plant can of course be heard on any Led Zeppelin track lower on this page. Entries below approach his career apart from that band. Several of the later edits below are live performances.

Robert Plant   1966

   Everybody's Gonna Say

      First release   Side B

   You Better Run

      First release   Side A

Robert Plant   1967

   I've Got a Secret

      Third release   Side B

   Laughin' Cryin' Laughin'

      Second Release   Side B

   Long Time Coming

      Third release Side A

   Our Song

      Second Release   Side A

Robert Plant   1972


      With Alexis Korner   Recorded 1968

Robert Plant   1983

   Burning Down One Side

     Filmed live

Robert Plant   1988

   Now and Zen


Robert Plant   1993

   If I Were a Carpenter


Robert Plant   1996

   Steal Away

      With Alexis Korner   Recorded 1968

Robert Plant   2011


     Filmed live 

Robert Plant   2013

   Going To California

     Filmed live 

   In the Mood

     Filmed live

Robert Plant   2014

   Babe I'm Gonna Leave You

    Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Robert Plant

Robert Plant

Source: Metallized

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Terry Reid

Terry Reid

Source: That Mercury Sound

Guitarist and vocalist Terry Reid was born in Huntington in 1949. He joined Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers at age 15 in 1965. Reid recorded with that band for releases in 1966 and '67 (such as 'It's Gonna Be Morning', 'I'll Take Good Care If You', 'Funny How Time Slips', 'Just Walk In My Shoes', 'The Hand Don't Fit the Glove' and 'This Time'). Reid's first single release, 'Better By Far', was in May 1968. The album on which that song was included was released in 1969, titled 'Terry Reid' in the UK, 'Move Over for Terry Reid' in the US. Reid's first album, however, had been released in 1968: 'Bang, Bang You're Terry Reid'. Reid was Jimmy Page's first choice for a lead singer when he was forming Led Zeppelin. But he had prior commitments to tour the United States (1968) as the opening act for Cream. So Page discovered Robert Plant. Reid was then invited to join Deep Purple, which contractual arrangements again forbade, he next touring the United States in 1969 as the opening act for the Rolling Stones. 1973 saw the release of Reid's third album, 'River'. Two more followed in the seventies, 'Seed of Memory' ('76) and 'Rogue Waves' ('79). Reid turned to session work in the eighties, though 'The Hand Don't Fit The Glove' appeared in 1985. His album, 'The Driver', appeared in 1991. An anthology of early material was issued in 2004, as well as two live albums. Reid's last LP release was 'Live in London' in 2013. He yet actively tours as of this writing.

Terry Reid   1967

   It's Gonna Be Morning

      With Peter Jay and The Jaywalkers

Terry Reid   1968

   Bang Bang

      Album: 'Bang, Bang You're Terry Reid'

   Bang Bang

      Live at Fillmore West

   Better By Far

      Debut single

   I Put a Spell On You

      Live at Fillmore West

   Marking Time

      Live at Fillmore West


      Live at Fillmore West

   Summer Sequence

      Live at Fillmore West'

   Summertime Blues

      Live at Fillmore West

Terry Reid   1969

   Bang Bang

      Filmed live

   May Fly

   My Supergirl

    German television broadcast 

   Rich Kid Blues

    German television broadcast

   Stay With Me Baby

Terry Reid   1971


      Filmed live

Terry Reid   1973


    Album: 'River'

Terry Reid   1976

   Fooling You

    Album: 'Seed of Memory'

   Seed of Memory

    Album: 'Seed of Memory'

Terry Reid   2006

   Seed of Memory

      LFilmed liv

Terry Reid   2008

   Rich Kid Blues

      Filmed live

Terry Reid   2012

   Without Expression

      Filmed live


  At first called the Troglodytes (cave dwellers), The Troggs were formed in 1964. The group had limited success in the US due that the band did not tour there until 1968. Consisting of Reg Presley (vocals), Chris Britton (lead), Pete Staples (bass) and Ronnie Bond (drums), the Troggs released their debut single, 'Lost Girl', in 1966. A few of the tunes for which they were known ('Jingle Jangle', Louie Louie', 'Wild Thing') are on the album 'From Nowhere' below. Their release of 'Wild Thing', which charted to No. 2 in the UK and No1. in America, was a cover of the song written by Chip Taylor and released by the American band, the Wild Ones, in 1965 to not a lot of success. By 1969 members of the Troggs were flirting with the notion of solo careers, Chris Britton releasing the album, 'As I Am'. But they persisted into the seventies, releasing three albums that decade. 'Black Bottom appeared in 1982 on the French label, New Rose. The same label released 'AU' in 1991 before the Troggs appeared on 'Athens Andover' the next year, a collaboration with R.E.M. The Troggs original drummer, Ronnie Bond, died the same year. They continue to perform as of this writing with original member, Chris Britton.

The Troggs   1966

   Any Way That You Want Me

   I Can't Control Myself

   Lost Girl

      First single

   Louie Louie


   Wild Thing

   With a Girl Like You

The Troggs   1967

   Her Emotion

   Love Is All Around

      Music video


      French television broadcast

   With a Girl Like You

      French television broadcast

The Troggs   1975

   Down South to Georgia

   Get You Tonight

   Wild Thing

      Reggae version


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Troggs

The Troggs

Source: CRF2

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Fleetwood Mac

Early Fleetwood Mac

Source: British Blues Arhive

Formed in London in 1967 by guitarist, Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac got its start with two other members of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, bassist John McVie (who early replaced Bob Brunning) and drummer Mick Fleetwood. Originally a blues band, Fleetwood Mac made its debut public appearances upon adding slide guitarist, Jeremy Spencer, then released its first album, 'Fleetwood Mac' in 1968. That was followed by 'Mr. Wonderful' in August the same year. Green left the band in May 1970, Fleetwood Mac becoming more rock than blues oriented by then. Keyboardist, Christine McVie, joined the band upon marriage to John McVie that year. (She'd first performed with the group in May of '69 at Bristol University.) Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham signed up much later on New Years Eve of 1974, together with his girlfriend, vocalist, Stevie Nicks. Buckingham and Nicks first appeared on the album titled 'Fleetwood Mac', released in 1975. Touring between '77 ('Rumours' tour) and '80 ('Tusk' tour '79-'80) saw the release of Fleetwood Mac's first live LP, 'Live', in December of 1980. Fleetwood, Buckingham and Nicks each released their first solo albums in 1981, 'The Visitor' by Fleetwood, 'Law and Order' by Buckingham, 'Bella Donna' by Nicks. Each would issue several further solo LPs. Fleetwood Mac's release of 'Mirage' in 1982 went platinum. Christine McVie issued her eponymous album, 'Christine McVie', in 1984. (Her debut album release had been in 1970: 'Christine Perfect'.) Fleetwood Mac released 'Tango in the Night' in 1987, after which Buckingham left the group. Nicks left the band in 1991, the year before John McVie issued his single solo LP, 'Gotta Band'. Buckingham and Nicks were briefly reunited with the group for a performance at President Clinton's Inaugural Ball in 1993. The band, minus Nicks, issued 'Time' in 1995 (Buckingham contributing only backing vocals on one track). Buckingham and Nicks appeared on the live album, 'The Dance', released in August 1997. Christine McVie left Fleetwood Mac in its death throes upon leaving the group in '98, her third and last solo album, 'In the Meantime', to appear in 2004. Various formations of Fleetwood Mac, including Buckingham and Nicks, manifested into the new millennium, McVie rejoining in 2009. The group's last issue of original material was an EP titled, 'Extended Play' as of 2013. Fleetwood had released his sixth and latest LP, 'Blue Again!', in 2008. Buckingham had released his sixth and latest solo LP, 'Seeds We Sow', in 2011. Nicks had released 'In Your Dreams' the same year, her seventh and latest studio LP. Fleetwood Mac continues to tour as of this writing, current members being Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

Fleetwood Mac   1967

   I Believe My Time Ain't Long

      First single

Fleetwood Mac   1968

   The Big Boat

      With Eddie Boyd

   Black Magic Woman

      Composition: Peter Green

   (I) Need Your Love So Bad

   Fleetwood Mac


Fleetwood Mac   1969

   Oh Well

      Television performance

Fleetwood Mac   1970


      Television performance

Fleetwood Mac   1975

   Live at Capitol Theatre

      Filmed concert

Fleetwood Mac   1976


      Filmed live

Fleetwood Mac   1977

   Go Your Own Way

      Album: 'Rumours'

Fleetwood Mac   1979




      With the USC Trojan Marching Band

Fleetwood Mac   1982


      Music video


      Filmed live

Fleetwood Mac   1987

   Little Lies

      Album: 'Tango in the Night'

Fleetwood Mac   1997

   Go Your Own Way

      Filmed live

Fleetwood Mac   2006


      Filmed live

Fleetwood Mac   2013

   Gold Dust Woman

      Filmed live in Boston


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Fleetwood Mac

Late Fleetwood Mac

Source: IBA International

  Born in 1946 in Worcester, guitarist Dave Mason is one of the Invasion's more underrated talents. He co-founded Traffic, which debut album was in 1967: 'Mr. Fantasy'. (Steve Winwood usually sang lead with Traffic. The example below features Mason in that capacity.) Mason also worked with Jimi Hendrix before releasing his first name record in 1968: 'Just For You' b/w 'Little Woman'. 1970 saw the release of the album, 'Alone Together'. Some of the bigger names with whom Mason worked over the years, in addition to his solo career, were the Rolling Stones, Delaney and Bonnie, Derek and the Dominos, Michael Jackson and Fleetwood Mac. A few of the philanthropic concerns with which Mason had involved himself were Little Kids Rock, Yoga Blue and Work Vessels for Veterans. Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2004. Releasing above twenty albums, his latest was 'Future's Past' in 2014. Mason continues to tour with his backing band, Traffic Jam, as of this writing. Most of the entries below for 1981 onward are live.

Dave Mason   1967

   Hole In My Shoe

      With Traffic   Album: 'Mr. Fantasy'

Dave Mason   1968

   Just For You

    With Family 

   Little Woman

    With Family

Dave Mason   1970

   Alone Together


Dave Mason   1971

   On and On

    With Cass Elliot

   Pleasing You

    With Cass Elliot

   Sit and Wonder

    With Cass Elliot

Dave Mason   1972



Dave Mason   1974

   Live in Concert

      Filmed concert

Dave Mason   1977

   Let It Go, Let It Flow

      Album: 'Let It Flow'

Dave Mason   1978

   Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Dave Mason   1981

   Let It Go

    Filmed live

Dave Mason   2011

   Dear Mr. Fantasy

    Filmed live

Dave Mason   2013

   All Along the Watchtower

    Filmed live

   Feelin' Alright

    Filmed live

   How Do I Get To Heaven

    Filmed live

   Sad and Deep As You

    Filmed live

Dave Mason   2014

   Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

    Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Dave Mason

Dave Mason

Source: Ray Sasho

  In 1967 brothers Michael (drums) and Peter Giles (bass) formed the band, Giles, Giles and Fripp, with Robert Fripp (guitar). They released a number of singles and the album, 'The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp'. Peter Giles was thereafter replaced by Greg Lake. Multi-instrumentalist keyboardist, Ian McDonald, was brought aboard with lyricist, Peter Sinfield, at synthesizer and lighting, and the group morphed into the progressive orchestral rock band, King Crimson, that would come to rival the Moody Blues in material and approach. Crimson knew it was a band by November 1968, the name, King Crimson, an inversion of crimson king, being a monarch whose reign was especially violent. The group's debut appearance was with the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park in London in April 1969. The crowd that day was half a million, something to draw a breath about for some relatively inexperienced guys whose previous gigs had been jobs, not concerts. 'In the Court of the Crimson King' was King Crimson's debut LP as of October 1969. They first toured in the States in 1969 as well. Both Giles (Michael) and McDonald last performed with King Crimson in December of 1969, temporarily leaving the group a trio of Fripp, Lake and Sinfield, after which personnel would rapidly change in the coming years, Lake already to vacate in 1970. 'In the Wake of Poseidon' emerged in May 1970. 'Larks' Tongues in Aspic' followed in March 1973. 'Starless and Bible Black' saw light in March 1974, 'Red' in October. May 1975 brought forth their live album, 'USA'. Fripp released his initial solo album, 'Exposure', in 1979. He led a band called the League of Gentlemen for several months in 1980 before forming Discipline, recruiting guitarist, Adrian Belew. That band first played at Moles nightclub in Bath, England, in April of '81, but had been rechristened King Crimson by the end of the year. The album, 'Discipline', appeared in September 1981, 'Beat' in June 1982, 'Three of a Perfect Pair' in March '84. Crimson was let to lie fallow for several years before their release of the EP, 'Vroooom', in 1994, the same year as 'B'Boom' was recorded live in Argentina for release in '95. April of '95 saw the issue of 'THRAK'. 'THRaKaTTaK' followed in '96. Fripp's Shift key must have been sticky again when he formed ProjeKcts, apparently deciding to forego the asistance of a proofreader even in so much as the naming of a band. He did, however, get the plural correct, as ProjeKcts (sic) was a succession of sub-bands called "fraKctalisations" (sic - ain't me: only reporting the facts). It was also the most confusing way to catalogue music since the invention of the opus number about the time of Haydn in the eighteenth century. It's 'ProjeKcts' (Dear God, Fripp, give me a break - one after the next, never ends) One through Four were a succession of thirteen live albums released between 1998 and 2007. 'ProjeKct X' (see what I mean?) was issued in 2000, consisting of only one album, likewise 'ProjeKct Six' (ain't bitchin', just sayin') as of 2006. King Crimson issued 'The ConstruKction of Light' in 2000, the 'K' key on somebody's keyboard still stuck and no one giving a damn. Kcing Kcrimson (how do you like it?) issued the EP, 'Level Five', in 2001, another EP, 'Happy with What You Have to Be Happy With' the next year. 2003 saw the issue of King Crimson's thirteenth album, 'The Power to Believe'. By 2009 King Crimson entered into suspension again as members pursued other roads. Then, what do you know, just when you've forgotten your prior sufferance, Kcing Kcrimson comes up with 'Crimson ProjeKct', consisting of live ProjeKcts (sic - what else?) from 2012 to 2014. Fripp didn't participate in Crimson ProjeKct, not because an indefinitely stuck 'K' key was of matter, but because he was pretending to retire. Somebody might have bothered to replace the keyboard by then but, nooo, Crimson ProjeKct was supposedly too busy touring in the States, Russia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Not before in the history of music had so much neglect gone so far (the capital 'K' before 'c' explained away as meaning "King"). Fripp announced another formation of King Crimson in September of 2013. Adrian Belew, a member of Crimson above thirty years, wouldn't be a part of that ensemble. Crimson's last release was 'Live at the Orpheum' in January 2015. The group continues to tour as of this writing. .

Giles, Giles and Fripp   1967

   Digging My Lawn

      Album: 'The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp'


      Album: 'The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp'

   North Meadow

      Album: 'The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp'

   One In A Million

      Album: 'The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp'

King Crimson   1968

    21st Century Schizoid Man

      Album: 'In the Court of the Crimson King'


      Album: 'In the Court of the Crimson King'

   I Talk to the Wind

      Album: 'In the Court of the Crimson King'

   Moon Child

      Album: 'In the Court of the Crimson King'

King Crimson   1970

   Peace - A Beginning

      Album: 'In the Wake of Poseidon'

   Pictures of a City

      Album: 'In the Wake of Poseidon'

King Crimson   1972

   Live at the Beat Club

      Music video

King Crimson   1973

   21st Century Schizoid Man

      Live in Zurich

   Cat Food

      Live in Zurich


      Live in Zurich

King Crimson   1974

   Fallen Angel

      Album: 'Red

   The Great Deceiver

      Album: 'Starless and Bible Blac'


      Album: 'Starless and Bible Black'


      Album: 'Red'

King Crimson   1981



King Crimson   1984

   Live in Japan

      Filmed concert

   Model Man

      Album: 'Three of a Perfect Pair'


      Album: 'Three of a Perfect Pair'

   Three of a Perfect Pair

      Album: 'Three of a Perfect Pair'

King Crimson   2001


      Live in San Diego


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: King Crimson

King Crimson

Source: Spazz

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Source: Genie

First called the Pink Floyd Sound, Pink Floyd came together in 1965, named after blues musicians Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Originally consisting of students Syd Barrett (guitar), Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (bass) and Richard Wright (keyboards and multiple instruments), guitarist, Dave Gilmour, joined the band in December 1967. Barrett would depart in April 1968 (releasing two albums in 1970: 'The Madcap Laughs' and ''Barrett'). Pink Floyd's first record release in 1967 was 'Arnold Layne' with 'Candy and a Currant Bun' flip side. The band's initial LP was 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' as of August 1967. 'A Saucerful of Secrets' appeared in June 1968. 'Ummagumma' arrived in 1969, 'Atom Heart Mother' in 1970 and 'Meddle' in 1971. 'The Dark Side of the Moon', which put Pink Floyd on the map, emerged in March of '73. 'Wish You Were Here' was released in September 1975, 'Animals' in January of '77. In 1974 Gilmour issued his initial solo album, 'David Gilmour'. 'Wet Dream' was Richard Wright's first solo issue in September 1978. In November 1979 Pink Floyd released their eleventh album, 'The Wall', which has since become the third largest selling LP in the United States, having exceeded 20 million copies. (The second highest selling LP is 'Led Zeppelin IV' released in 1971, come to 23 million platters. The highest is Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' in 1982, having sold more than 27 million.) But the album wasn't enough. The film, 'Pink Floyd – The Wall', was issued in May of 1982. The combination of the LP and the film made Pink Floyd, already a stellar band, a galactic presence in rock. Other progressive bands like King Crimson and the Moody Blues thought their careers were advancing until then. Nick Mason had meanwhile issued his only solo album in 1981: 'Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports'. Gilmour released his second LP, 'About Face', in March of 1984. In April 1984 Waters issued his initial solo album, 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking', the same month Wright issued 'Identity' with the briefly occurring duo, Zee. Waters left Pink Floyd in latter 1984. 'A Momentary Lapse of Reason' saw light in 1987. 'The Division Bell' rang in 1994. Pink Floyd was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In July 2005 Gilmour, Mason, Waters and Wright reunited as Pink Floyd at London's Hyde Park. Gilmour issued his third solo LP, 'On an Island', in 2006, the year Syd Barrett died of pancreatic cancer in July. Richard Wright passed of cancer in September 2008. 'The Endless River' became Pink Floyd's latest release in November of 2014. The group has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, 75 million of that in the United States. Gilmour has since released his most recent solo LP as of letter 2015: 'Rattle That Lock'. The index below is interspersed with bits of the solo careers of individual members of Pink Floyd. Many are live performances.

Pink Floyd   1967

   Arnold Layne

    Promotional music video 

   Candy and a Currant Bun

   See Emily Play


Syd Barrett   1970



   The Madcap Laughs


Pink Floyd   1972

   One Of These Days

     Filmed live at Pompeii

Pink Floyd   1973

   The Great Gig in the Sky

      Album: 'The Dark Side Of The Moon'


      Album: 'The Dark Side Of The Moon'

David Gilmour   1974

   I Can't Breathe Anymore

      Album: 'David Gilmour'


      Album: 'David Gilmour'

   There's No Way Out Of Here

      Album: 'David Gilmour'

Pink Floyd   1974

   Live in London


Pink Floyd   1975

   Wish You Were Here

      Album: 'Wish You Were Here'

Richard Wright   1978

   Cat Cruise

      Album: 'Wet Dream'

   Mediterranean C

      Album: 'Wet Dream'

Pink Floyd   1979

   Another Brick in the Wall

     From the soundtrack

Pink Floyd   1980

   Run Like Hell

     Filmed live

Nick Mason   1981

   Can't Get My Motor to Start

     Album: 'Fictitious Sports'

   I'm a Mineralist

     Album: 'Fictitious Sports'


     Album: 'Fictitious Sports'

Dave Gilmour   1984


     Album: 'About Face'

   Until We Sleep

     Album: 'About Face'

Roger Waters   1984

   The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking


Richard Wright   1984


     Album: 'Identity'

     With Dave Harris as the duo Zee


     Album: 'Identity'

     With Dave Harris as the duo Zee

Pink Floyd   1987


      Live in Philadelphia

Roger Waters   1987

   Radio K.A.O.S.


Pink Floyd   1990

   Shine On You Crazy Diamond


Roger Waters   1992

   Amused to Death


Pink Floyd   1994

   Another Brick in the Wall

     Filmed live Earls Court in London

   Cluster One

      Album: 'The Division Bell'

   The Division Bell

      Album: 'The Division Bell'

   Poles Apart

      Album: 'The Division Bell'

   Run Like Hell

      Filmed live Earls Court in London

   What Do You Want From Me

      Album: 'The Division Bell'

Dave Gilmour   2002

   Shine On You Crazy Diamond

    Acoustic filmed live

   Shine On You Crazy Diamond

     Electric filmed live

Richard Wright   2002


    Filmed live with David Gilmour

Roger Waters   2003

   Live in Argentina

      Filmed live

Dave Gilmour   2004

   Coming Back to Life

    Live at Wembley Stadium in London 

Dave Gilmour   2006


     Album: 'On an Island'

   Comfortably Numb

     Filmed live at Mermaid Theatre in London

   On an Island

     Album: 'On an Island'

Roger Waters   2012

   Comfortably Numb

      Filmed live with Eddie Vedder

   Us and Them

      Filmed live

Roger Waters   2013

   Live in Argentina

      Filmed live

Dave Gilmour   2015

   Rattle That Lock

     Music video


  Rock steady and reggae musician, Pat Kelly, was a British spy during the Invasion. All reggae artists were spies. Kelly was born in 1949 with an Irish name. (Pat Kelly, see? Now it's known to what sympathies he was early trained. Doesn't look especially Irish to me. That's because he's posing as a Jamaican musician born in Kingston.) Indeed, Kelly's first mission to the United States was presumably to study electronics in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1966. That front was in operation for a year until he returned to Jamaica in 1969 to make his first recordings with the Techniques in 1967, 'You Don't Care' their first issue that year. In 1968 he flauntingly released 'Queen Majesty' right under the noses of innocent Americans, knowing they wouldn't take it for its obvious allusion to Elizabeth II, thinking it but another frivolous love song. Yet he even more brazenly released his records on British labels, knowing Americans paid no attention to such the whole time that many thought he was on their side. His first solo release was in 1968: 'Little Boy Blue'. He thereafter recorded on a fairly regular basis into the eighties. There is no tour history found for Kelly. He did perform in America, but not for some time and not known when. During the seventies he began to lead a double career as a mixing and recording engineer. His last studio album release is thought to have been 'Jesus Is the Answer' as of 1998. Kelly has since then faded into obscurity (gone incognito), though he recorded in France in 2012 with the Aggrotones: 'Are You For Real?' (spying even yet).

Pat Kelly   1967

   You Don't Care

     With the Techniques

Pat Kelly   1968

   Little Boy Blue

   Queen Majesty

     With the Techniques

Pat Kelly   1969

   Dark End of the Street

Pat Kelly   1973

   Summer Time

Pat Kelly   1979

   I'm So Proud

Pat Kelly   1984

   Hard Day's Night

   One in a Million

Pat Kelly   2012

   Are You For Real?


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Pat Kelly

Pat Kelly

Source:  jdan222

  British blues rock band Savoy Brown was formed in 1966 by guitarist Kim Simmond. It's original members were Bryce Portius (vocals), Trevor Jeavons (keyboard), Ray Chappell (bass), Leo Manning (drums) and John O'Leary (harmonica). Savoy Brown has from its start been through nigh countless personnel changes, yet Kim Simmond remains at its lead to this day. (Three of Savoy Brown's members in 1970, Roger Earl, Dave Peveritt and Tony Stevens, would leave Savoy Brown behind to form the rock band Foghat the same year.) As Savoy Brown was mainly known as a blues band we list but one track from their first album, 'Shake Down', below. Much more Savoy Brown is indexed at Blues 3.

Savoy Brown   1967

   Shake 'Em On Down

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Savoy Brown

Savoy Brown

Source: Electric Buffalo



Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Ten Years After

Ten Years After

Source: Music Parade

Ten Years After was formed by blues guitarist Alvin Lee and bassist Leo Lyons in 1966. It was really but a name change from the Jaybirds, in which Lee and Lyons were core members, to Ten Years After, in homage to Elvis Presley a decade after he crashed rock n roll's party in a big way in 1956 ('Blue Suede Shoes', 'Love Me Tender', etc.). Lee performed with Ten Years After during the years 1966–1974, 1983 and 1988–2003. Their first album, released in 1967, was titled simply 'Ten Years After'. Their second, titled 'The Undead', was released in 1968. 1971 saw the issue of 'A Space in Time', one of five studio albums released in the seventies in addition to 'Recorded Live' in 1973. 'About Time' didn't follow until 1989, Lee's last studio LP. 'Now' was issued in 2003 with Joe Gooch replacing Lee. All tracks below for year 1967 are from Ten Years After's first album. For more of phenomenal guitarist Alvin Lee see Blues 3.

Ten Years After   1967

   Help Me

   I Can't Keep From Crying

   I Want to Know

   Losing the Dogs

Ten Years After   1968

   At the Woodchooper's Ball

      Album: 'The Undead'

   I May Be Wrong But I Won't Be Wrong Always

      Album: 'The Undead'

     Composition: Count Basie 

   Portable People


      Filmed live for Bouton Rouge

Ten Years After   1969

   I Can't Keep From Crying

      Live at the Texas International Pop Festival

   If You Should Love Me

      Album: 'Ssssh'

   I May Be Wrong But I Won't Be Wrong Always

      Live in Helsinki

      Original composition: Count Basie

   I'm Going Home

      Live at Woodstock

   The Stomp

      Album: 'Ssssh'

Ten Years After   1970

   I'm Coming On

      Album: 'Watt

   I Say Yeah

      Album: 'Watt'

   Live at the Fillmore East


  Working On the Road

       Album: 'Cricklewood Green'

Ten Years After   1971

   I'd Love To Change The World

      Album: 'A Space In Time'

   One of These Days

      Album: 'A Space In Time'

Ten Years After   1972


      Album: 'Rock & Roll Music to the World'

   Rock & Roll Music to the World

      Album: 'Rock & Roll Music to the World'

Ten Years After   1975

   Live at Winterland

      Filmed live in San Francisco

   One Of These Days

      Live at Fillmore West

Ten Years After   1978

   Live for 'Rockpalast'

      Filmed concert

Ten Years After   1979

   Hey Joe

      Filmed live

Ten Years After   1988

   No Limit

      Filmed live

Ten Years After   1990

   Live In Nottingham


Ten Years After   1991

   I May Be Wrong But I Won't Be Wrong Always

      Filmed live

      Original composition: Count Basie

   Slow Blues in C

      Filmed live


  Some place Deep Purple at the avant-garde of heavy metal (if not, then the band, Judas Priest). First formed as Roundabout, Ritchie Blackmore suggested the name, Deep Purple, his grandmother's favorite song (about to become the first band to which she rocked her chair without hearing aids). Other than Blackmore on guitar the band's original members were Ian Gillan (vocals), Jon Lord (organ), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums). The band's first album, 'Shades of Deep Purple', was issued in July 1968. 'The Book of Taliesyn' followed that October. The eponymously titled, 'Deep Purple', appeared later the next year. 'In Rock', the group's fourth album, was issued in June 1970. 'Fireball' followed the next year. Deep Purple shifted into higher gear with 'Machine Head' as of March 1972, then clutched again with 'Made in Japan' in December that year. Jon Lord had released his first solo album in November that year, 'Gemini Suite'. Pink Floyd released 'Who Do We Think We Are' in January 1973, prior to making it difficult to tell when Gillan and Glover quit the group later that year. Glenn Hughes was brought in for bass and lead vocals. Glover released his first album independent of Deep Purple, 'The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast', in the US in October 1975, followed in the UK that November. The group endured another major amputation when Ritchie Blackmore quit to form Rainbow in June of 1975, Tommy Bolin his replacement. In August of '75 Blackmore issued his debut album, 'Rainbow', with his band, Rainbow. Lord followed that with his second LP, 'Sarabande'. Deep Purple issued 'Come Taste the Band' in October of '75. Bolin's debut album, 'Teaser', appeared in November that year. Ian Gillan issued his debut album, 'Child In Time', in July of '76, the same month Deep Purple's formal retirement was announced. Bolin released his second solo album, 'Private Eyes', before his death in December 1976 of drug overdose in a Miami hotel room. Paice and Lord would recruit Tony Ashton to form the power trio, Paice Ashton Lord, which would release 'Malice In Wonderland' in 1977. Paice (who had made his debut recordings in 1966 with a group called MI5 that would become the Maze) would move on to Whitesnake and the Gary Moore Band, in addition to numerous guest appearances and session work. A reunion of Deep Purple resulted in 'The House of Blue Light' in 1987 and a live LP, 'Nobody's Perfect', the next year. Joe Lynn Turner was vocalist on the release of 'Slaves and Masters' in 1990. 'The Battle Rages On...' was Deep Purple's 14th studio release in July 1993. Current long-time member, Steve Morse, found his spot in the band in 1994. Current member, Don Airey, joined the group in 2001. Like the Rolling Stones, Deep Purple remains a driving band. Giving concerts is what they do and they continue to tour as of this writing. More Ritchie BlackmoreMore Tommy Bolin. The solo careers of Deep Purple's individual members are touched upon in the list below. Recordings are alphabetical by song title per year.

Ian Paice   1966

   You'll Never Stop Me Loving You

      With MI5

Ian Paice   1967

   Aria Del Sud/Non Fatemio Odiare

      With Rod Evans & the Maze

   Easy Street

      With Rod Evans & the Maze

   Harlem Shuffle/The Trap

      With Rod Evans & the Maze

Deep Purple   1968

   Shades of Deep Purple

      Debut album

Deep Purple   1969

   Concerto for Group and Orchestra

     Filmed live with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


     Debut single

Deep Purple   1970

   Child In Time

    Filmed live

Jon Lord   1971

   Gemini Suite   Side 1

      Album: 'Gemini Suite'

   Gemini Suite   Side 2

      Album: 'Gemini Suite'

Deep Purple   1972

   Highway Star

    Filmed live 


    Filmed live

   Machine Head


Ian Paice   1972

   The Mule

      Drum solo filmed live

Ian Paice   1973


      Drum solo   Album: 'Burn'

Deep Purple   1973

   Smoke On The Water

      Filmed live in New York

   Strange Kind Of Woman

      Filmed live in New York

Deep Purple   1974

   Live at Ontario Speedway


Roger Glover   1974

   Love Is All

      Album: 'The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast'

Roger Glover   1975

   Behind the Smile

    Filmed live

Ian Gillan   1976

   Child In Time

      Album: 'Child In Time'

Jon Lord   1976


      Album: 'Sarabande'


      Album: 'Sarabande'

Ian Gillan   1977

   Child In Time

      Filmed live

Roger Glover   1978

   The First Ring of Clay

      Album: 'Elements'

Ian Gillan   1980

   Future Shock


Jon Lord   1983

   Burned Mood

      Filmed live with Whitesnake

Deep Purple   1984

   Perfect Strangers

      Album: 'Perfect Strangers'

Roger Glover   1984

   The Mask

      Music video   Album: 'Mask'

Deep Purple   1985

   Live in Paris

      Filmed live for 'Rockpalast'

Deep Purple   1993


    Filmed live

Deep Purple   1997

   Live at Olympia Hall

      Filmed live in São Paulo

Deep Purple   1999


      Filmed live

Roger Glover   2002

   Burn Me Up Slowly

      Album: 'Snapshot'

Jon Lord   2003

   Green Onions

      Filmed live with the Hoochie Coochie Men

Jon Lord   2004

   One From the Meadow

      Filmed live with Sam Brown


      Filmed live

Ian Gillan   2007

   Over and Over

      Album: 'Danger White Men Dancing'

      With the Hoochie Coochie Men

Jon Lord   2007

   Durham Nocturne

      Album: 'Durham Concerto'

   The Road from Lindisfarne

      Album: 'Durham Concerto'

Ian Paice   2007

   Drum Solo

    Filmed live 

Jon Lord   2010

   Child In Time

    Filmed live

   Pictured Within

      Filmed live with Doogie White

Ian Paice   2010

   La Cicala

      Drum solo filmed live

Deep Purple   2011

   Live at Montreux

      Filmed live

Roger Glover   2011

   Don't Look Now

      Album: 'If Life Was Easy'

   Feel Like a King

      Album: 'If Life Was Easy'


      Album: 'If Life Was Easy'

   Stand Together

      Album: 'If Life Was Easy'

Jon Lord   2011

   Telemann Experiment

      Filmed live with Doogie White

Deep Purple   2012

   Black Night

    Filmed live in Berlin


    Filmed live in Troyes

Deep Purple   2013

   Now What!



Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Deep Purple

Deep Purple

Source: Onda Musicale

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Free

The Free

Source: Free

The band, Free, was formed in London in 1968 by vocalist, Paul Rodgers, lead guitarist ,Paul Kossoff, bassist, Andy Fraser and Simon Kirke on drums. The band would keep until 1973, after which Rodgers and Kirke would put the group, Bad Company, together. Fraser would form a band called the Sharks. Kossoff would put together Back Street Crawler, but would die of heart failure in 1976. The Free were named by Alexis Korner. Free first performed together at the Nag's Head in London in April of '68. It was March 1969 when Free released their first recordings on an album called 'Tons of Sobs', followed by the album, 'Free', the same year. 'Fire and Water', the band's first major success, followed in 1970. 'Highway' appeared in '70 as well. 'Free Live!' arrived in latter 1971, 'Free at Last' in 1972. The group's sixth and last studio LP, 'Heartbreaker', was issued January 1973.

Free   1969

   Tons of Sobs


Free   1969



Free   1970

   All Right Now

      Filmed live

   Fire and Water


   Live in Stockholm

Free   1971


      Album: 'Free Live!'

Free   1973


      Album: 'Heartbreaker'


  Vocalist Peter Gabriel was a founding member of Genesis, releasing his first recordings with that band in 1968. He began his career as a drummer but sang lead in Genesis. Gabriel will be found on tracks under Genesis on material recorded before his departure from that band in 1975 (at which point drummer, Phil Collins, took over). The list below continues his career apart from Genesis. Gabriel's first solo release after leaving that band was 'Solsbury Hill' in 1977 (recorded in 1976), the same year as the release of his first album, 'Peter Gabriel 1' (better known as 'Car'). Gabriel's first four albums were titled eponymously (simply 'Peter Gabriel') without the Roman numerals, I, II, III and IV added to distinguish them. They also came to be distinguished as 'Car' (I '77), 'Scratch' (II '78), 'Melt' (III '80) and 'Security' (IV '82). The titles to his next three solo albums were kept even briefer: 'So' ('86), 'Us' ('92) and 'Up' ('02). 'Scratch My Back' was released in 2010, 'New Blood' in 2011. Gabriel would make powerful use of the music video, he and MTV an apt marriage. (MTV was launched August 1, 1981.) He was also a composer of soundtracks, 'Birdy' in 1985 his first. His 1989 release of 'Passion' was the soundtrack to 'The Last Temptation of Christ', directed by Martin Scorsese. 'OVO' was the soundtrack to the 'Millennium Dome Show', released in 2000. 'Long Walk Home' trailed in 2002. Gabriel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010. He was elected as a solo artist in 2014. All edits below for year 2012 are live in Toronto.

Peter Gabriel   1977

   Solsbury Hill

      Music video   Debut single   Album: 'Car'

Peter Gabriel   1980

   Games Without Frontiers

      Music video

   I Don't Remember

      Music video

Peter Gabriel   1982

   Shock the Monkey

      Music video

Peter Gabriel   1986


      Music video



Peter Gabriel   1987

   Big Time

      Music video

Peter Gabriel   1992

   Blood of Eden

      Music video


      Music video

Peter Gabriel   1999

   In the Sun

      Live with Joseph Arthur

Peter Gabriel   2000

   Father, Son

      Music video

   The Time of Turning

      Vocal: Ritchie Havens

Peter Gabriel   2001


Peter Gabriel   2010

   Signal To Noise

      Filmed live in Amnéville

Peter Gabriel   2012

   Big Time

   Family Snapshot

   Hear that Voice Again

   Red Rain

   Shock the Monkey


   This Is The Picture

   The Tower That Ate People

   We Do What We're Told


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel

Photo: Carl De Sousa

Source: Talent

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Genesis


Source: Rock Newz

The original members of Genesis, formed in 1967, were keyboardist Tony Banks, guitarist Anthony Phillips, bassist Mike Rutherford, drummer Chris Stewart and vocalist Peter Gabriel. Drummer Phil Collins didn't join, what for decades now has been his band, until 1970, filling Gabriel's vacant spot as lead singer in 1975. (Before Genesis Collins had been drummer for Flaming Youth in UK Beat.) Genesis released its first vinyl in 1968 ('The Silent Sun'/'A Winter's Tale') and its first album in 1969 ('From Genesis to Revelation'). 'Nursery Cryme' appeared in 1971. Genesis didn't tour the States until 1972, first appearing at Brandeis University in Boston in December that year. (Phillips had left the band by then, in 1970, said to be due to a combination of ill health, stage fright and dislike of touring. He would nevertheless enjoy a rather sparkling career in Great Britain.) 'Foxtrot' arrived in 1972, followed by the band's first live LP, 'Genesis Live', in '73. 'Selling England by the Pound' was also issued in '73. The double-sleeve 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway' was issued in 1974 prior to Gabriel's departure. Now with Collins at lead vocals Genesis issued 'A Trick of the Tail' in February 1976, 'Wind & Wuthering' later that December. 'Spot the Pigeon' was a short EP containing three tracks released in May of '77. '...And Then There Were Three...' was aptly titled in '78, Genesis a trio on that LP, consisting of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. Banks released his debut solo album, 'A Curious Feeling'', in October of '79. Rutherford followed with his debut LP in February 1980 with 'Smallcreep's Day'. Genesis released 'Duke' the next month. Collins' debut album, 'Face Value', ensued in February of '81. Genesis issued 'Abacab' in September that year. 'Three Sides Live' followed in June '82. In March of '83 the band released its twelfth album, 'Genesis'. 'Invisible Touch' arrived in June of 1986, followed by 'We Can't Dance' in '91 and Collins' departure. Ray Wilson took Collin's place at lead vocals on the album, 'Calling All Stations' ('97). Collins reunited with Genesis (Banks and Rutherford the band's core) for the 'Turn It On Again' tour in 2006. Though Collins retired from performing in 2011, another Genesis reunion, now with Gabriel, occurred in 2014 for the BBC documentary, 'Genesis: Together and Apart'. All recordings below are albums unless otherwise noted.

Genesis   1968

   The Silent Sun/That's Me

      First 45

   A Winter's Tale/One Eyed Hound

      Second 45

Genesis   1969

   From Genesis to Revelation

   In The Beginning

      Third 45

   Where The Sour Turns To Sweet

      Third 45

Genesis   1970



Genesis   1971

   Nursery Cryme


Genesis   1972



Genesis   1973

   Selling England By The Pound

Genesis   1974

   The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

Genesis   1976

   A Trick of the Tail

Genesis   1978

   Follow You Follow Me

      Music video

Genesis   1980


Genesis   1983

   That's All

      Music video

Genesis   1986

   In Too Deep

      Music video

Genesis   1987

   Live At Wembley Stadium


Genesis   1991

   I Can't Dance

      Music video

   Jesus He Knows Me

      Music video


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Phil Collins

Phil Collins

Source: Bugs!

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull   Early 18th century


Source: Jethro Tull Forum

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull   1968

Source: New York Times
No, that's not your exceedingly strict piano teacher, Mr. Green, 'bout to bonk your bruised and bumpy head with his disciplinary utensil, to the right. It's flautist, Ian Anderson, who formed his first band, the Blades, in 1963 at age sixteen. In 1967 he put away his guitar, thinking he could never equal Eric Clapton, and began studying flute. In December of that year he put together Jethro Tull, named by a booking agent after the 18th century agriculturalist. That's JT to the left, presumably looking for a field to hoe. Also to the left is Jethro Tull in 1968 per original members, left to right, Glenn Cornick, Ian Anderson, Clive Bunker and Mick Abrahams. The band planted its first little seeds as of February 1968 for MGM Records: 'Sunshine Day'/'Aeroplane'. The group planted its first big seed, with ten little seeds inside it, in October 1968: 'This Was'. Abrahams, being more blues oriented, then departed the group to form Blodwyn Pig. After several attempts to replace him Martin Barr joined the band in December of '68. The LP, 'Stand Up', followed in August 1969, 'Benefit' in 1970. 'Aqualung' was Jethro Tull's fourth album as of March 1971. Being an especially large seed, it had to planted with a backhoe that had a motor, for which Tull easily paid on some installment plan, that LP revolutionizing both the agricultural genre of rock and rock agriculture, selling more than 7 million copies since then. They then planted 'Thick as a Brick', another great seed almost too huge for its giant hole, way bigger than those large pumpkin seeds would need, and the band's fifth studio LP was harvested March 1972. I myself planted some of those donut seeds made by Cheerios that year, but I couldn't get them to grow (stolen). 'A Passion Play' followed in ('73), 'War Child' in ('74) and 'Minstrel in the Gallery' in ('75). During the latter seventies Tull issued a folk oriented albums before their live release, 'Bursting Out', in '78, followed by 'Stormwatch', another folk-oriented endeavor, in '79. Anderson issued his first solo LP, 'Walk into Light', in 1983. He issued 'Under Wraps' in '84. 1987 saw the release of Jethro Tull's 'Crest of a Knave'. 'Rock Island' arrived in 1989, followed by 'Catfish Rising' in '91. 1995 saw the issue of 'Roots to Branches' and Anderson's 'Divinities'. 'J-Tull Dot Com' was released in 1999. Anderson commenced the new millennium with the issue of 'The Secret Language of Birds' in 2000, followed 'Rupi's Dance' in 2003. 2003 also saw the issue of both 'The Jethro Tull Christmas Album' and 'Live at Montreux 2003'. 2005 saw the release of both 'Aqualung Live' (recorded in 2004) and Ian Anderson's 'Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull'. Tull continued to tour until Anderson put the band to rest in 2011. He released his fifth solo studio album, 'Thick as a Brick 2' in 2012 and 'Homo Erraticus' in 2014. Anderson wasn't only the composer of all of Jethro Tull's material. Active beyond music, he owned a group of salmon farms on an estate on the Isle of Skye worth some sixteen million dollars in the early nineties. One of his companies, Strathaird, grossed $26 million in 1997, serving up 900 tons of smoked salmon. His business acumen grossed some $2,700,000 from ownership in his companies in 2004. Anderson yet tours as of this writing.

Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   1968

   Sunshine Day

      Debut single

   This Was

      Debut album

Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   1969

   Living In the Past

   Stand Up


Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   1971



Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   1972

   Thick As a Brick


Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   1974

   Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day

      Album: 'War Child'

Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   1976

   Minstrel in the Gallery

      Filmed live in Tampa

Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   1978


      Live at Madison Square Garden

   Thick As a Brick

      Live at Madison Square Garden

Ian Anderson   1983

   Walk Into Light

      Debut solo album

Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   1983

   Fly By Night

      Filmed live in München

Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   1993

   Live in San Diego

      Filmed concert

Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   1997

   Live in Wallingford

      Live at the Oakdale Theater in Connecticut

Ian Anderson   2000

   Secret Language Of Birds

      Filmed live in Hamburg

Ian Anderson   2005

   Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull


Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   2008


      Filmed live in Basel

Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   2009

   Mother Goose

      Filmed live in Lancaster

Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull   2011

   My God

      Filmed live at Manchester Cathedral

Ian Anderson   2012


      Live in Luxemburg

Ian Anderson   2013

   Locomotive Breath

      Filmed live in Leipzig


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

Source: Sinfomusic

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Elton John

Elton John

Source: Metal Insider

Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, pianist and vocalist, Elton John, met Bernie Taupin in 1967, the same year he changed his name in honor of jazz sax man, Elton Dean and singer, Long John Baldry. (He'd been a member of Bluesology, which had became Baldry's backup band in 1966.) Since that time Taupin has been John's lyricist on more than thirty albums. In general, Taupin would first write lyrics which John would afterward put to music. (Taupin himself has released several albums on which he performs vocals.) Elton John released his first single in 1968, 'I've Been Loving You'. His debut album was 'Empty Sky' in 1969, followed by 'Elton John' in 1970. But it was upon his release of 'Tumbleweed Connection' later that year that his name began gaining recognition. His release of 'Madman Across the Water' the next year was his arrival album (going platinum in 1993). After which his original folk orientation more perceptively changed toward pop with 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player' and 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' in 1973. By that time American rock groups had hugely resisted against the British Invasion and John thought to save his skin with such pleas. But John was much more than only a piano player. He formed the Rocket Record Company in 1973 to spread wartime propaganda even as he pled for lenience in the face of the enemy. John collaborated with John Lennon a bit before releasing 'Caribou' in 1974, followed by 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy' and 'Rock of the Westies' in 1975. The live album, 'Here and There', was issued the following year before 'Blue Moves'. His single with Kiki Dee, 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart', backed with 'Snow Queen', was issued in '76 as well. 'A Single Man' followed in '78, 'Victim of Love' the next year. '21 at 33' arrived in 1980, 'The Fox' in '81. 'Too Low For Zero' emerged in 1983, before 'Breaking Hearts' in '85. 'Sleeping with the Past' arrived in 1989, 'The One' in 1992. John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, then released 'Made In England' the ensuing year. 1996 saw the issue of 'Love Songs' as well. in 1997 John sang 'Candle In the Wind' (a revision of the version issued in '73) at the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey. It would become the best-selling single in Billboard history in both the UK and US, eventually selling above 33 million copies globe-wide and the only single to achieve diamond status in the US with more than 11 million sold. In 1997 the musical, 'The Lion King' appeared on Broadway, based on Disney's animated film of '94. John collaborated, largely with Tim Rice, on the score. In 2014 'The Lion King', both the animated film and Broadway production, became the largest box office sellers in history. (The previous record holder on Broadway had been 'Phantom of the Opera', grossing $845 million on Broadway, $5.8 billion worldwide.) John collaborated with Rice again on the score to 'The Road to El Dorado', another animated film released in 2000. The next year John issued 'Songs from the West Coast'.  John began a residency of several years at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2003. He commenced his Red Piano tour in February of 2004. He then composed the score to 'Billy Elliot the Musical', premiering in 2005. The only musical on which John collaborated with Taupin, who'd been composing lyrics for John for decades, was 'Lestat', premiering in December 2005. In 2007 John performed at Madison Square Garden for the sixtieth time on his sixtieth birthday. In 2010 he earned a million dollars performing at the wedding of Rush Limbaugh. 'The Union' also appeared that year, a collaboration with Leon Russell. 2012 saw John's appearance at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in London. (Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee had been ten years earlier, celebrating her ascension to the throne of seven countries in February of 1952. Elizabeth has counted as many as 32 countries a part of her realm during her reign. In addition to the UK she is currently titular head to Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.) 'The Diving Board' was also released in 2012. 'Wonderful Crazy Night', John's 33rd studio album, is scheduled for release in 2016. John's has been an extremely active career of all happening at once. If he ever took a nap it wasn't documented. Billy Joel is but one of the various artists with whom he's collaborated over the years. In 1995 John was made CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II. He was knighted (KBE: Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1998. (Other musicians on this page made CBE by Elizabeth are the Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltry, Robert Plant and Rod Stewart. Both David Bowie and Keith Richards declined the honor. Musicians on this page more exclusively knighted by the Queen are Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Cliff Richard. Bowie declined that honor as well.) The majority of tracks below are live performances.

Elton John   1968

   I've Been Loving You

Elton John   1969

   Empty Sky

      Album: 'Empty Sky'

   Lady Samantha

Elton John   1970

   Burn Down the Mission

       Album: 'Tumbleweed Connection'

   My Father's Gun

       Album: 'Tumbleweed Connection'

   Where To Now St. Peter?

       Album: 'Tumbleweed Connection'

   Your Song

    Television performance

Elton John   1971


      Filmed live at BBC Studios

   Madman Across the Water

      Album: 'Madman Across the Water'

   Tiny Dancer

      Album: 'Madman Across the Water'

Elton John   1971


      Filmed live at BBC Studios

Elton John   1975

   Bennie and the Jets

     Filmed live on 'Soul Train'

Elton John   1976

   Don't Go Breaking My Heart

     With Kiki Dee 

   Snow Queen

     With Kiki Dee

Elton John   1977


     Live at Rainbow Theater London

Elton John   1982


    Live in Sydney

   Dear John

    Live in Cuyahoga Falls

Elton John   1983

   I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues

     Music video

   I'm Still Standing

     Music video

Elton John   1989

   Kiss the Bride

    Filmed live in Verona 

Elton John   1992

   November Rain

    Filmed live with Guns n' Roses

Elton John   1995

   Saturday Night

    Filmed live in Rio 

Elton John   1997

   Candle In the Wind

     Filmed live at the funeral of Princess Diana

   Long Way from Happiness

    VH1 performance

   Talking Old Soldiers

    VH1 performance

Elton John   1999


    Live in Pensacola

Elton John   2000

   Don't Go Breaking My Heart

     Filmed live with Kiki Dee

Elton John   2001

   Piano Man

     'Tonight Show' with Billy Joel

Elton John   2010

   Hey Ahab

    Filmed live at the Beacon Theatre NYC 

Elton John   2013

   Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me

     Filmed live in Viña del Mar

   The One

     Filmed live in Buenos Aires


  Soft Machine was formed in 1966 in Canterbury, named after the novel by William S Burroughs. A progressive, avant-garde jazz fusion band, its original members were Daevid Allen (guitar), Kevin Ayers (bass, lead), Mike Ratledge (organ) and Robert Wyatt (drums). Under the same management as Jimi Hendrix, the group would visit the United States in 1968 with Hendrix. Andy Summers, later with the Police, was Soft Machine's guitarist at that time. Hugh Hopper was also at bass. Saxophonist, Elton Dean, joined the group in 1969. Further invasions of the States occurred in '71 and '74, most of their concerts in Detroit. Soft Machine gave its last performances in 1978 and '84, none of its original members yet in the group, its major members in those years being, in order of the year they joined the band: John Marshall ('71 drums), Karl Jenkins ('72 keyboards) and John Etheridge ('75 guitar). Soft Machine permanently disbanded in '84 until its resurrection as Soft Ware in 1999 by Marshall, Jenkins, Hopper and prior member, Elton Dean. members, Ayers and Ratledge. Marshall has since carried the group through later manifestations in the 21st century, Soft Works, Soft Ware Legacy and back to Soft Machine. 'The Soft Machine' was the band's first record release in 1968, produced by Chas Chandler and Tom Wilson in the United States during their first tour. Personnel is listed as Ayers, Ratledge, Wyatt and Hopper with backup vocals by the female group, the Cake.

Soft Machine   1968

   Ce Soir On Danse

     French telecast

   Volume One

     Album   Also titled 'The Soft Machine'

Soft Machine   1969

   Volume Two


Soft Machine   1970

   Live in Paris

     Filmed live



Soft Machine   1971

   BBC In Concert 1971


Soft Machine   1975



Soft Machine   1976

   Live in Newcastle




Soft Machine   1981


     LP: 'Land of Cockayne'


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Soft Machine

Soft Machine @ 1970

L to R: Dean, Ratledge, Wyatt, Hopper

Source: All BG
  Status Quo was formed out of a band called the Spectres in 1968, which itself had transpired out of a group called the Scorpions in 1963, which band had been put together in 1962. The Scorpions had been formed by bassist, Alan Lancaster, and guitarist, Frank Rossi, adding Alan Key on drums with Jess Jaworski at keyboards. Key was replaced by John Coghlan and the Spectres was born. In 1967 an attempt was made to change the name of the band to Traffic. But as that name was already taken by Steve Winwood the group became Traffic Jam (not to be confused with Dave Mason's later band), then Status Quo. Organist, Roy Lynes, was with the band at the time. Guitarist, Rick Parfitt, joined the band in time to record 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' with it in 1967. That song achieved the #12 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 in January of '68, after which Status Quo fell off the Earth so far as America was concerned. That or America fell of Status Quo's map, the group content to concentrate its career in Europe and Great Britain where it remained very popular, repeatedly ranking in the Top Ten as late as 1990 with 'The Anniversary Waltz' rising to the UK #2 that year. The group's first album, 'Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo', appeared in September of '68. 'Spare Parts', their second, LP, followed the next year. The early seventies saw the release of 'Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon' ('70), 'Dog of Two Head' ('71) and 'Piledriver' ('72). The band first appeared in America at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles in 1973. They toured the States again in the summer of '74 to little impact. 'Rockin' All Over the World' was their tenth studio album release in 1977. 1983 saw the issue of Back to Back', '86 'The Army Now'. 'Ain't Complaining' followed in '88. The nineties saw the release of 'Rock 'Til You Drop' ('91), 'Thirsty Work' ('94), and 'Don't Stop' ('96). 'Famous in the Last Century' was a suite of fifteen covers issued in 2000. 'In Search of the Fourth Chord' was Status Quo's 28th LP release in 2007. That was followed by 'Quid Pro Quo' in May 2011, 'Bula Quo!' in 2013. 'Aquostic (Stripped Bare)' was the band's 31st studio LP in 2014. Of the above mentioned members, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt remain with Status Quo, yet performing as of this writing. Per below, all performances from 1979 onward are filmed live.

The Spectres   1966

   Hurdy Gurdy Man

   I (Who Have Nothing)

The Spectres   1967

   (We Ain't Got) Nothing Yet

Status Quo   1968

   Pictures of Matchstick Men

Status Quo   1970

   Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon


Status Quo   1979

   Whatever You Want

     Filmed live

Status Quo   1983

   Marguerita Time

    Television performance

Status Quo   1985

   Rockin' All Over the World

     Filmed live at Live Aid Wembley Stadium

Status Quo   1989

   Power of Rock

    Filmed live

Status Quo   2015

   Pictures Of Matchstick Men

    Filmed live

   Whatever You Want

    Filmed live at the Roundhouse


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Status Quo

Status Quo   1967

Source: Plain or Pan
  It was 1866 when Breyers became the first American ice cream company. The Hershey Chocolate Company was founded in 1894. The first Mars candy factory opened in 1911. In 1920 Good Humor put ice cream bound in chocolate on a stick, soon after raising a fleet of twelve trucks with bells to tour the neighborhoods of Youngstown, Ohio, each with 700 pounds of ice and salt to last a hot day. Police had had access to donuts ever since their invention in 1847, but Dunkin' Donuts made them more convenient with coffee in 1950. As for Popsicle, it was first sold in seven flavors in 1923 at the Neptune Beach amusement park in Alameda, California. But the Sweet had only four tastes when it was shaped in 1968 out of a band formed the previous year by singer, Brian Connolly, and drummer, Mick Tucker, called the Sweetshop. Other major flavors came to be Steve Priest on bass and Andy Scott on guitar. The Sweet didn't take their ice cream truck to America until 1975, quite after the group had come to represent a couple of camps within rock: bubble gum and glamour (or glitter). The term "bubblegum" is said to have been originated by producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz upon discussing the audience of the style: kids (both adolescents and prepubescents). Bubblegum had been spearheaded by the Monkees and continued by bands such as the Archies ('Sugar, Sugar'), the 1910 Fruitgum Company ('Simon Says') and the Ohio Express ('Yummy Yummy Yummy'): nothing heavy, but tunes, nigh jingles, really, to bring about a smile. Nor was bubblegum for musical savants: one was hard-pressed at the time even to know what the Archies looked like. Marketed as if the music was performed by characters out of the comic book, 'Archie', there was next to no interest in the musicians themselves. As to glamour rock, flamboyant Rod Stewart may have unknowingly been among its first models with his "mod" fashion. Certainly David Bowie and Elton John made costume  major to stage presence. Glam rock reached its height with the British band, Queen, a greatly talented group of musicians whether one liked them or not, or the American show band, Kiss, which mixed costume with heavy metal. Costume also found place in disco with Village People. The Sweet released its first single in 1968, 'Slow Motion'. in December 1970 several of their early issues were collected on the A side of an album shared with the Pipkins titled 'Gimme Dat Ding'. Their debut album, 'Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be' was released in 1971. The band's transformation from bubblegum to hard rock became apparent with 'Sweet Fanny Adams', released in April of '74. 'Desolation Boulevard' came later that year. The double-sleeve 'Strung Up' appeared in 1975, 'Give Us a Wink' in March the next year. 'Off the Record' emerged in 1977, 'Level Headed' and 'California Nights in '78. During a tour of the States in 1978 Connolly fell on stage in Birmingham due to alcohol consumption, the band having to continue the show without him. That was the alert that the band couldn't continue with him, such that 'Cut Above the Rest' was issued with Sweet as a trio (backed with session players). 'Identity Crisis' was issued in 1982, but only in Mexico and West Germany. Original drummer, Tucker, left the band in 1991 due to poor health of leukemia. Priest continues to perform with Sweet in the States as of this writing. Scott plays with another version of the group in the UK. A few of the edits below are live performances.

The Sweet   1968

   Slow Motion

The Sweet   1969

   Lollipop Man

The Sweet   1970

   All You'll Ever Get From Me

   The Juicer

The Sweet   1971

   Funny Funny

The Sweet   1973

   Ballroom Blitz


    Music video

   Little Willy

The Sweet   1974

   Turn It Down

   Teenage Rampage

      Filmed live

The Sweet   1975

   Fox On the Run

The Sweet   1978

   Love is like Oxygen

The Sweet   2011

   Love is like Oxygen

     Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Sweet

The Sweet

Source: Adrian Howe

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Climax Blues Band

Climax Blues Band

Source: Jazzy Soul

The Climax Chicago Blues Band was formed in 1968 in England by Colin Cooper. Its name was shortened to the Climax Blues Band in 1970. Original members were Pete Haycock, Derek Holt, George Newsome, Arthur Wood and Richard Jones. The band had experienced a fair number of personnel changes over the years, though Cooper led the group over the decades until his death from cancer in 2008, leaving no more founding members). The Climax Blues Band released its first album in 1969, titled 'The Climax Chicago Blues Band'. More Climax Blues Band.

Climax Blues Band   1969


Climax Blues Band   1970

   Brief Case

Climax Blues Band   1976

   Couldn't Get It Right

   Together and Free

Climax Blues Band   1980

   I Love You

Climax Blues Band   2004

   Couldn't Get It Right

    Filmed live in Hamburg 


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Golden Earring

Golden Earring

Source: Prog Rock

Golden Earring was formed in 1961 in The Hague, Netherlands, as the Golden Earrings, not dropping the plural until 1969. Though the group was Dutch Queen Elizabeth II used it to invade America in 1969. The main members at that time were Rinus Gerritsen (bass, keyboard, harmonica), George Kooymans (guitar), Barry Hay (guitar, flute, saxophone) and Jaap Eggermont (drums). Jaap Eggermont would be briefly replaced by Sieb Warner, then Cesar Zuiderwijk who would remain the fourth member of the band to its present day. Earring would tour the States 12 more times by 1984. Golden Earring had released its first plates in 1965: 'Please Go'/'Lonely Everyday' and the album, 'Just Ear-rings'. After their first U.S. tour the band released the album, 'Golden Earring' in 1970 (with Cesar Zuiderwijk now in the band). the single, 'Radar Love' rose to #7 on the UK chart in December 1973, #13 on the US. Their first live album, 'Live', was performed at London's Rainbow Theater in 1977. 'Twilight Zone' reached the #10 spot in the US in 1982, #1 on Billboard's US Rock chart. 'When the Lady Smiles' was Earring's last big splash, achieving the #9 spot on Billboard's US Rock chart. Golden Earring celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Hague Historical Museum in 2011, its two original members, Rinus Gerritsen and George Kooymans, still in the band with Hay and Zuiderwijk. Their last studio LP, 'Tits 'n Ass', was released in 2012.

Golden Earrings   1965

   Lonely Every Day

   Please Go

Golden Earrings   1968

   I've Just Lost Somebody

     Music video

   Just a Little Bit of Peace In My Heart

     Music video

Golden Earring   1969

   Eight Miles High


Golden Earring   1970



Golden Earring   1973

   Radar Love

     Filmed live

Golden Earring   1975

   Live at Winterland

     Filmed live

Golden Earring   1982

   Live for Rockoplast

     Filmed live

   Twilight Zone

Golden Earring   1992

   Eight Miles High

     Filmed live

Golden Earring   2012


     Album: 'Tits 'n Ass'


  When Steve Marriott dropped out of the Small Faces in 1968 the group was left a trio consisting of Ian McLagan (keyboards), Ronnie Lane (bass), and Kenney Jones (drums). They recruited guitarist Ron Wood and vocalist Rod Stewart, both from the Jeff Beck Group, and formed Quiet Melon. Quiet Melon recorded four songs (yet unfound) before deciding to take advantage of the prestige the Small Faces had acquired and renaming the band the Faces. The Small Faces had been named by a friend of Marriott's who had all of one moment observed that they all had small faces. Such the revelation, perhaps while squinting, was in addition to the fact that none of the Small Faces stood over 5'6" tall. But Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart stood 5'9 and 5'10' respectively, making the group, though not quite tall, no longer quite small, thus just right to be called the Faces. The group but barely makes this page (being limited to musicians whose first record releases occurred before 1970) by having issued 'Flying' b/w 'Three Button Hand Me Down' in the UK in December 1969. Those songs appear on the Faces' first album release, 'First Step', in 1970. Record executives, wishing to capitalize on the fame of the Small Faces, insisted on crediting the album to the same in America (making Rod Stewart and Ron Wood members of a band to which they never belonged), while in the UK the album was credited to the Faces. The group released three albums, 'Long Player ('71), 'A Nod Is As Good As a a Blind Horse'('71) and 'Ooh La La' ('73) before Ronnie Lane left the band, releasing his first solo album, 'Anymore for Anymore', the next year. (He and Wood had issued a collaborative soundtrack in 1972 titled 'Mahoney's Last Stand'.) With the Faces dissolved, Rod Stewart already had a solo career going strong and Ron Wood, having already worked with the Rolling Stones as of '73, would soon join that band. Drummer, Kenney Jones, would later join The Who in 1979, replacing Keith Moon who had died in 1978. Also in '79, McLagen released his first solo LP, 'Troublemaker'. Various reunions of the Faces have occurred into the new millennium, but none with a full configuration of original members, Ronnie Lane having died in 1997. Both the Small Faces and Faces were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Recordings touching upon the solo careers of bassist, Ronnie Lane, and keyboardist, Ian McLagen, will be found interspersed with and following the list below.

The Faces   1969


      First release   Side A

   Three Button Hand Me Down

      First release   Side B

The Faces   1970


      Live for BBC

The Faces   1971

   (I Know) I'm Losing You

      Filmed live for BBC

   Love In Vain

      Filmed live at Paris Theatre

   Miss Judy's Farm

    Album: 'A Nod Is As Good As a Wink' 

The Faces   1972

   Live for BBC

     Filmed concert

   Stay With Me

Ronnie Lane   1972

   Rooster Funeral

      With Ron Wood

The Faces   1973

   Live in London


Ronnie Lane   1973

   How Come

      Television performance with Slim Chance

Ronnie Lane   1974

   Debris/Ooh La La

      Filmed live with Slim Chance

   Done This One Before/Flags and Banners

      Filmed live with Slim Chance

   You Can Never Tell

      Filmed live for BBC with Slim Chance

Ronnie Lane   1975

   Sweet Virginia

      Live with Slim Chance

Ronnie Lane   1976


      Filmed live with Slim Chance

Ronnie Lane   1977

   Rough Mix

      Album with Pete Townshend

Ian McLagen   1979

   Little Troublemaker

      Album: 'Troublemaker'

Ian McLagen   2007

   You're So Rude

      Filmed live

Ian McLagen   2009


      Filmed live

Ian McLagen   2011

   Hello Old Friend

      Filmed live

Ian McLagen   2012

   Never Say Never

      Filmed live

Ian McLagen   2013

   Glad and Sorry

      Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Faces

The Faces

Source: Radio Rock

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Humble Pie

Humble Pie

Source: Boyz Make Noyze

Steve Marriott had left the Small Faces in 1968, the same year Peter Frampton left the Herd. In 1969 they got together with bass player, Greg Ridley, and drummer, Jerry Shirley, to form Humble Pie, a non-stop tornado of rock and roll. Their debut single, 'Natural Born Bugie' ( also known as 'Natural Born Boogie') appeared in July of 1969, followed by two albums the same year: 'As Safe As Yesterday Is' and ''Town and Country'. An interview with 'Rolling Stone Magazine' in 1970 was among the earliest uses of the term, "heavy metal". The album, 'Humble Pie', saw release that year. 'Rock On' and 'Rockin' the Fillmore' followed in 1971. Frampton then left the band, replaced by Clem Clempson for the release of 'Smokin'' in 1972. The double-sleeve 'Eat It' appeared in '73, 'Thunderbox' in '74 and 'Street Rats' in '75. Humble Pie commenced the eighties with 'On to Victory' in 1980. 'Go for the Throat' arrived in '75. By late 1983 Humble Pie was no more. Later formations would arise, such as Shirley's from 1988 to 1999, an auto accident putting an end to that. Shirley was able to rejoin the group in 2001 until the band's final diminishment in 2002. Original member, Greg Ridley, died of pneumonia in 2003, only 56 years old. Tracks below are chronological by year only, alphabetical thereafter.

Humble Pie   1969

   As Safe As Yesterday Is

      Album: 'As Safe As Yesterday Is'

   Cold Lady

      Album: 'Town and Country'


      Album: 'As Safe As Yesterday Is'

   Every Mother's Son

      Album: 'Town and Country'

   Home and Away

      Album: 'Town and Country'

   I Walk On Gilded Splinters

      Filmed ive in Belgium   Long version   Low quality

   I Walk On Gilded Splinters

      Filmed live in Belgium   Short version   High quality

   Natural Born Bugie

      Debut single

   Natural Born Bugie

      Filmed live at the Beat Club

   Silver Tongue

      Album: 'Town and Country'

   Wrist Job

      Album: 'As Safe As Yesterday Is'

Humble Pie   1971

    Stone Cold Fever

      Album: 'Rock On'

   I Don't Need No Doctor

      Filmed live

   I'm Ready

      Album: 'Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore'

   Rolling Stone

      Live   'Barry Richards Show'

      Original composition: Muddy Waters

Humble Pie   1972

   30 Days In the Hole

      Album: 'Smokin''

   Live in Chicago

Humble Pie   1973

   Honky Tonk Women

      Filmed live in Los Angeles

   I Believe to My Soul

      Live   Album: 'Eat It'

Humble Pie   1975


      Not released   CD: 'The Scrubbers Sessions'

Humble Pie   1980

   Fool For A Pretty Face


  There are some who give a polite cough when the Beatles or Rolling Stones are mentioned as the leading Invasion bands. But such are unreasonable people, a contrary lot who believe theirs the right to view Led Zeppelin as the greatest Invasion band despite all facts otherwise. But such is forgivable (maybe, maybe not), considering the band that Led Zeppelin was. It was 1968 in London when Jimmy Page, of the Yardbirds, formed the New Yardbirds with bassist and keyboardist, John Paul Jones, drummer, John Bonham, and vocalist, Robert Plant. The four first recorded together in 1968 on a song titled, 'Jim's Blues', released by PJ Proby on the album, 'Three Week Hero', in 1969 (below). The four then went on a Scandinavian tour, first performing together in Gladsaxe, Denmark, as of September 1968. They recorded their first album as the New Yardbirds but changed their name before its release in 1969 to Led Zeppelin (that is, "lead balloon"), also the title of the album. The band had also toured the United States in 1968 as Led Zeppelin. Their first two non-album releases in 1969 were 'Good Times Bad Times' b/w 'Communication Breakdown', followed by 'Whole Lotta Love' b/w 'Living Loving Maid', all on their debut album. That was followed the same year by their second album, 'Led Zeppelin II', 'Led Zeppelin III' in 1970, 'Led Zeppelin IV' in 1971, 'Houses of the Holy' in 1973, 'Physical Graffiti' in 1975 and 'Presence' in 1976. Compositions by the band were mostly shared by Jimmy Page who wrote the music and Robert Plant who wrote the lyrics. Led Zeppelin last toured the United States from April to July of 1977. Their drummer, John Bonham, among the most highly regarded in the industry, died in 1980 upon drinking approximately forty shots of vodka, upon which Led Zeppelin ceased to exist. The remaining trio of Jones, Page and Plant reunited in 1985 at the Live Aid concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, again in '88 at the 'Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary' concert with the addition of Bonham's son, Jason, on drums. In 1995 Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The three reunited a third time in 2007 for a concert at the O2 Arena in London, Jason Bonham again at drums.

Led Zeppelin   1969

   Dazed and Confused

      Filmed live in London

   I Can't Quit You Baby

      Album: 'Led Zeppelin I'

   Jim's Blues

     With PJ Proby   Album: 'Three Week Hero'

      First recording together in 1968

     Not yet either the New Yardbirds or Led Zeppelin

   The Lemon Song

      Album: 'Led Zeppelin II'

   Live in Texas


   Whole Lotta Love

      Album: 'Led Zeppelin II'

   Your Time Is Gonna Come

      Album: 'Led Zeppelin I'

Led Zeppelin   1970

   Live at Royal Albert Hall Part 1

      Filmed live

   Live at Royal Albert Hall Part 2

      Filmed live

Led Zeppelin   1971

   Stairway to Heaven

Led Zeppelin   1973

   D'yer Mak'er

      Album: 'Houses of the Holy'

   Over the Hills and Far Away

      Album: 'Houses of the Holy'

   Stairway to Heaven

       Film not released until 1976

Led Zeppelin   1975

   Black Dog


   Over The Hills And Far Away


   Ten Years Gone

      Album: 'Physical Graffiti'

Led Zeppelin   1976

   For Your Life

      Album: 'Presence'

   Hots On For Nowhere

      Album: 'Presence'

   Tea For One

      Album: 'Presence'

Led Zeppelin   1977

   Sick Again



Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Source: Bill & Sue Hillman

  Man emerged from the Welsh band, the Bystanders when that band's lead vocalist left, to be replaced by Deke Leonard. Other founding members of Man were Micky Jones (guitar, frontman), Ray Williams (bass) and Jeff Jones (drums). Personnel soon began shifting continually but Jones and Leonard would prove to be Man's core members, the only original members to remain into the new millennium. One reason the Bystanders changed their name to Man was a change in direction toward psychedelia. Man released its first album, 'Revelation', in 1969 (one of its songs, 'Erotica', banned from the airwaves in the UK). 'Revelation' was followed the same year by the album, '2 Ozs of Plastic with a Hole in the Middle'. 'Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In?' was Man's fourth studio LP released in 1971. They issued 'Greasy Trucker's Party', 'Live at the Padget Rooms, Penarth', and 'Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day' in 1972. The next year saw 'Back into the Future'. 'Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics' was released in May 1974, preceding the band's first tour of the States. 'Slow Motion' followed later that October. 'All's Well That Ends Well' was Man's last studio recording as of December 1976, released in latter 1977. Members at that time each pursued individual music careers apart from each other, including Leonard and Jones until they reformed Man in 1983. That configuration released 'Friday 13th' in 1984, the first on which longtime member, bassist Martin Ace, appeared. Three albums were issued in the nineties and three more into the new millennium until Jones and Leonard left the band in 2002, Jones due to a brain tumor, Leonard to reform his old band, Iceberg. They last appeared on Man's 'Undrugged' in 2002. Martin Ace carried the group forth through Man's next few LPs, its last 'Reanimated Memories' in February 2015. Jones died in 2010 due another brain tumor. Several of the edits below, alphabetical by year, are live performances.

Man   1969

   Brother Arnold's Red and White Striped Tent

      Album: '2 Ozs of Plastic with a Hole in the Middle'

   Brother Arnold's Red and White Striped Tent

      Filmed live


      Debut album: 'Revelation'

Man   1970

   Daughter of the Fireplace

    Filmed live

Man   1972

   Many Are Called But Few Get Up

Man   1973

   Blown Away

   Scotch Corner

Man   1976

   The Welsh Connection

      Album: 'Welsh Connection'

Man   1983

   Spunk Rock

    Filmed live at the Marquee

Man   1997


    Television performance

Man   2000

   Love Isn't Love/C´mon

    Television performance

Man   2003

   Spunk Rock

    Television performance

Man   2004

   Many Are Called But Few Get Up

    Filmed live at the Patti Pavilion Swansea


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Man


Source: Mojo

  Known in England as the Shakedown Group, and later Silence, the Doc Thomas Group released its first record album in Italy in 1967. Consisting of Mick Ralphs (guitar), Pete Watts (bass), Stan Tippins (vocals), Bob Hall (drums) and Dave Tedstone (guitar), the group that became the glamour rock band, Mott the Hoople, in 1969 was Mick Ralphs, Pete Watts, Ian Hunter (vocals), Dale Griffin (drums) and Verden Allen (organ). Mott the Hoople was named by its producer, Guy Stevens, who had read the novel, 'Mott the Hoople' (authored by Willard Manus), about a lazy misfit with a powerful prejudice against work, while in jail on a drug conviction. The band's debut album, 'Mott the Hoople', occurred in 1969, followed by 'Mad Shadows' in 1970. The band didn't chart until August of 1972 upon the release of 'All the Young Dudes', composed by David Bowie, reaching #3 in the UK, #37 in the US. The was followed by Hoople's first tour of the States in latter '72. 'All the Way From Memphis' rose to #10 in the UK, #43 in the US in September the next year. Two months later 'Roll Away the Stone' achieved #8 in the UK, #50 in the US. Allen left the band in '73 whence it began its decline. The live album, 'The Hoople', was released in March 1974. In June that year 'Diary of a Rock' n 'Roll Star' was issued, Hunter's account of the band's first tour in the States. By the time of the band's second tour of the States later that year the only original members left were Dale Griffin, Ian Hunter and Peter Watts. Hunter left the group by the time the band's name was changed to simply Mott, releasing 'Drive On' in 1975 and 'Shouting and Pointing' in '76. Mott then transformed into the British Lions, releasing 'British Lions' in '77 and 'Trouble with Women' in '82. In 1989 there was a reunion of (the) Silence (Ralphs, Allen, Tippins, Watts and Griffin) resulting in the recording of the album, 'Shotgun Eyes' the next year. That wasn't released until 1998 with a reissue of the Doc Thomas Group's eponymous album of '67, the combination titled, 'The Italian Job'. There have been brief reunions of Mott the Hoople with Hunter in 2009 and 2013.

The Doc Thomas Group   1967

   Harlem Shuffle

   I'll Be Doggone

   Rescue Me

Mott the Hoople   1969

   Mott the Hoople


Mott the Hoople   1970

   I Can Feel

      Album: 'Mad Shadows'

   Thunderbuck Ram

      Album: 'Mad Shadows'

Mott the Hoople   1971

   Angel of Eighth Avenue

      Album; 'Wildlife'

   Death May Be Your Santa Claus

      Album: 'Brain Capers'

   In Your Own Backyard

      Album: 'Brain Capers'

   Whisky Women

      Album; 'Wildlife'

Mott the Hoople   1972

   All the Young Dudes

      Album: 'All the Young Dudes'



Mott the Hoople   1973

   All the Way From Memphis

      Album: 'Mott'

Mott the Hoople   1974

   The Golden Age of Rock & Roll

      Filmed live

Mott the Hoople   2009

   Honaloochie Boogie

      Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Mott the Hoople

Mott the Hoople

Source:  Stole My Thunder

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers

Source:  Classic Rock Mag

Though Paul Rodgers was a multi-instrumentalist he largely sang vocals. He played in a band called the Wildflowers (previously the Roadrunners) before helping form the band, Free, in 1968. Upon the Free disbanding in 1971 he put together Peace, then Bad Company, which group he left in 1982 to embark upon a solo career, his debut solo album, 'Cut Loose', released in 1983. The following year Rodgers joined Jimmy Page in the creation of the Firm, a brief-lived band that produced two albums, 'The Firm' and 'Mean Business' in 1985 and 1986 respectively. In 1991 Rodgers formed the Law with drummer, Kenny Jones, after which he made a couple of tribute albums, 'Muddy Water Blues' and 'The Hendrix Set', in 1993. In 1999 there was a reunion with Bad Company resulting in both recordings and a tour of the States. 'Electric' became Rodgers' sixth studio LP in 2000. Another tour with Bad Company occurred in 2001, followed by the CD and DVD, 'In Concert: Merchants of Cool', in 2002. 'Return of the Champions', recorded with Queen, arrived in 2005, followed by Rodgers' live album, 'Super Live in Japan', in 2006 and 'Live in Glasgow' in 2007. 'The Art of McCartney' saw light in 2014. As of this writing Rodgers is yet rocking strong. Perhaps half of the recordings below are live performances. All tracks for year 1991 are Paul Rodgers with the Law.

Paul Rodgers   1969

   Walk In My Shadow

      With Free

Paul Rodgers   1974

   Bad Company

      With Bad Company

Paul Rodgers   1983

   Boogie Mama

      Filmed live with Jimmy Page

   Live In Peace

    Album: 'Cut Loose'

Paul Rodgers   1984

   Live In Peace

      Filmed live with the Firm

Paul Rodgers   1985

   Satisfaction Guaranteed

      Music video with the Firm

Paul Rodgers   1991

   For a Little Ride

   Hey Joe

    Filmed live

   Laying Down the Law

   Miss You In a Heartbeat

   Nature of the Beast

   Too Much Is Not Enough

Paul Rodgers   1992

   Muddy Water Blues

      Filmed live with Buddy Guy

Paul Rodgers   1993

   I Just Want to Make Love to You

      Album: 'Muddy Water Blues'


     Album: 'Muddy Water Blues'

   Louisiana Blues

    Filmed live

Paul Rodgers   2002

   Bad Company

    Filmed live

Paul Rodgers   2008

   Bad Company

      Filmed live with Queen

   Crazy Little Thing Called Love

      Filmed live with Queen

Paul Rodgers   2009

   Live in Ukraine

      Concert filmed live with Queen

Paul Rodgers   2012

   Be My Friend

     Filmed live in Chichester

Paul Rodgers   2014

   All Right Now

     Filmed live with Band X


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Gary Moore

Gary Moore

Source: Guitar China
Skid Row was put on the map due largely to virtuoso guitarist, Gary Moore. Founded in Dublin in 1967, the band released its first singles in 1969, issued only in Ireland: ‘Misdemeanour Dream Felicity’/‘New Places, Old Faces’ and ‘Saturday Morning Man’/‘Mervyn Aldridge’. The band's first album, 'Skid', and tour of the United States occurred in 1970. '34 Hours' and a second tour of the United States followed in 1971. Moore appeared on one more Skid Row album, then left the band in December that year before its next tour of the States. Moore had been born in 1952, growing up in east Belfast. Skid Row was the first professional band with which he played. After leaving that band he played with Thin Lizzy in 1974, joined Colosseum II in 1975, then returned to Thin Lizzy in 1977. After Thin Lizzy's April release of 'Black Rose' in 1979 Moore began his solo career with vocalist, Phil Lynott, releasing the single, 'Parisienne Walkways' the same year. Moore concentrated largely on rock until his 1990 issue of 'Still Got the Blues', after which blues gained his greater focus until his rock releases of 'Dark Days In Paradise' in '97 and 'A Different Beat' in '99. Moore returned to the blues in 2001 with 'Back to the Blues'. He died of heart attack, only age 58, in 2011, and was buried at St. Margaret's Church in East Sussex. Per below, all tracks through 1971 are with Skid Row. Moore with Thin Lizzy may be found at Seventies Rock.

Gary Moore w Skid Row   1969

   Misdemeanour Dream Felicity

   New Places, Old Faces

   Saturday Morning Man

Gary Moore w Skid Row   1970


   O I'll Tell You Later

Gary Moore w Skid Row   1971

   34 Hours

   An Awful Lot of Woman

    Music video

   Night of the Warm Witch

Gary Moore w Colosseum II   1976

   Dark Side of the Moog

Gary Moore w Colosseum II   1978


    Filmed live

Gary Moore   1982

   Rockin' and Rollin'

    Filmed live

Gary Moore   1985

   Run For Cover


Gary Moore   1987

   Empty Rooms

    Filmed live

   Wild Frontier


Gary Moore   1990

   All Your Love

     Filmed live at Montreux

   Stop Messin´ Around

     Filmed live at Montreux

   Oh Pretty Woman

     Filmed live at Montreux

Gary Moore   2007

   Close As You Get



  The band, Slade, was largely shaped out of the 'N Betweens which had formed in 1965. The group was first called Ambrose Slade for a brief time in 1969, then Slade later that year. Its 1969 personnel would remain the same for the next 23 years: Dave Hill (mainly guitar), Noddy Holder (vocals and guitar), Jim Lea (mostly bass) and Don Powell (drums). Slade's first release was in 1969: 'Genesis' (as Ambrose Slade) b/w 'Wild Winds Are Blowing' (as Slade). The band released its first album, 'Beginnings', as Ambrose Slade in 1969. The band then found a manager/producer in Chas Chandler, bassist for the Animals, then manager for Jimi Hendrix upon his rise to fame. Slade placed six singles at the top of the charts in the UK between 1971 and 1973. The band's first album as Slade, 'Play It Loud', was released in 1970, followed by 'Slayed?' in 1972. Among not a few of Slade's high-charting releases was 'Merry Xmas Everybody' in 1973, exceeding a million copies. Slade didn't make its first trip to the United States until 1974. The band released the film, 'Slade In Flames', in 1975. It's next trip to America in 1975, with twelve tons of equipment, had been planned as a permanent move with intent to conquer the American market in which it had not done so well as in U.K.. But the band returned, disappointed, to Great Britain in 1977, then to issue the album, 'Whatever Happened to Slade' that year. Two tracks from that album were banned from airplay in the U.K. by the BBC for lyrical content: 'Gypsy Roadhog' and 'Burning in the Heat of Love'. Slade dropped in popularity in the latter seventies, came back strong in '83 and '84, then entered into its permanent decline. Another title of theirs was banned from radio in 1985, '7 Year Bitch'. Slade disbanded in 1992, whence Slade II was formed by Dave Hill and Don Powell. That band's name returned to Slade in 2002. Though unable to claim a lot audience in the States, Slade managed to sell over six and a half million records in Great Britain alone.

The 'N Betweens   1966

   Hold Tight

   Evil Witch Man


   You Better Run

Ambrose Slade   1969


Slade   1971

   Look Wot You Dun

    Music video 


    Television performance

Slade   1972

   Gudbuy T'Jane

    Filmed live

   Mama Weer All Crazy Now

    Filmed live

Slade   1973

   Cum On Feel the Noize

    Filmed live

   Cum On Feel the Noize

    Television performance

Slade   1974

   Far Far Away

    Music video 

Slade   1975

   Live at Winterland

    Filmed concert 

Slade   1977

   Burning In the Heat of Love

    Gypsy Roadhog

      Album: 'Whatever Happened To Slade' 

   Gypsy Roadhog

     'Top Of The Pops'

Slade   1985

   7 Year Bitch

     Music Video 

   7 Year Bitch/Myzsterious Mizster Jones

     Television performance

Slade   2013

   Run Runaway

     Filmed live at Crocus City Hall Moscow


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Slade


Source: Музыка 70 - 80 х
  Guitarist Chris Spedding first recorded in 1969 with Pete Brown and His Battered Ornaments on the album, 'A Meal You Can Shake Hands With In The Dark'. Unfortunately Brown's vocals were thought less than ideal, so much so that he was asked to resign from his own band the day before opening for the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park. The second album that Brown had created with the Ornaments, 'Mantle-Piece', was discarded and recorded again with Spedding replacing Brown as the group's singer. While with the Battered Ornaments in 1969 Spedding also recorded with Frank Ricotti on the album, 'Our Point of View' (not found), and the album, 'Songs for a Tailor' by Jack Bruce. In 1970 he recorded his first solo album, 'Songs Without Words', as well as a jazz album with Nucleus (below). Spedding first toured the States with the Sharks in 1974, a band put together in 1972 by bassist Andy Fraser (of Free) with drummer Marty Simon and vocalist Steve Parsons.

Chris Spedding   1969


      Album with the Battered Ornaments

Chris Spedding   1971

   I Thought I Heard Robert Johnson Say

      Album: 'Songs Without Words'

   Station Song

      Album: 'Songs Without Words'

Chris Spedding   1973

   World Party Junkies

      Album: 'First Water'   With the Sharks

Chris Spedding   1974

   Cocaine Blues

      Album: 'Jab It In Yore Eye'   With the Sharks


      Album: 'Jab It In Yore Eye'   With the Sharks

Chris Spedding   1975

   Motor Bikin'

      Filmed live

Chris Spedding   1976

   No Feelings

Chris Spedding   1977

   Live In Tokyo

      Filmed concert with Bryon Ferry

   Lone Rider

   Road Runner

   Wild In the Street

Chris Spedding   1978

   Guitar Jamboree

Chris Spedding   1979

   Video Life

Chris Spedding   1988

   Mystery Train/Twenty Flight Rock

      Filmed live with Robert Gordon

Chris Spedding   1992

   Guitar Jamboree

      Filmed live

Chris Spedding   2009

   Guitar Jamboree

      Filmed live

   Mess O' Blues

      Filmed live with Robert Gordon

   Motor Bikin'

      Filmed live


Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Chris Spedding

Chris Spedding

Source: Bands In Town

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: The Yes

The Yes

Source: Rocking GR

Formed in 1968, the band, Yes, didn't arrive to America until June of 1971, Seattle the first city on their concert itinerary in the States. At the time of the band's first album release, 'Yes', in 1969 the band consisted of bassist, Chris Squire, drummer, Bill Brufford, keyboardist, Tony Kaye, vocalist, Jon Anderson and guitarist, Peter Banks, the last replaced by Steve Howe by the time of their first American tour. Chris Squire remains with Yes as of this writing. Music critics have oft referred to Yes as a "progressive" band, due partly their symphonic approach. But progressive can also mean alternative, meaning altered. The Illuminati, Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul VI, secretly working with the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration, sent Yes to the United States to slip electromagnetic chemicals responsive to quantum computing signals into the water supply. Americans soon began producing altered babies, gloves of meat manipulated by the invisible hands of extraintelligent forces. This is all easily proven by the American "alternative" band, Primus, which traveled back in time in order to appear ten years older than they really are. Children born from 1972 onward are therefore suspect of only appearing human and are best approached as possible humanoids. As for Yes, their symphonic sound would find them compared with such as King Crimson, Moody Blues and Pink Floyd. Knowing no better, the group issued their second LP, 'Time and a Word' in 1970 anyway. It was their second LP because it followed the first, already mentioned, as of '69 ('Yes' - please pay attention that I needn't repeat myself). 'The Yes Album', rising to #4 on the UK chart, was the band's third LP, after which Kaye was replaced at keyboards by Rick Wakeman. 'Fragile', released in latter 1971, managed to place in the Top Ten in the States. Like other groups on this page, the careers of individual members of Yes aren't addressed as they ought be. All the band's original members, including Peter Banks, released solo albums except Brufford, who went on to King Crimson after his period with Yes, and Tony Kaye, though Yes was only one of several bands to which Kaye belonged during his career. Wakeman is thought to have first appeared on vinyl in 1971 as a session player on an album titled 'Piano Vibrations'. Yes issued 'Close to the Edge' in 1972. 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' appeared in '73, the same year as Wakeman's first solo release, 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII', which he followed the next year with 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Yes released 'Relayer' that year. In '75 Howe and Squire each released their first solo album, 'Beginnings' and 'Fish Out of Water', respectively. Anderson's debut LP ensued in '76, 'Olias of Sunhillow'. Yes released 'Going For One' in '77, 'Tormato' in '78. The group's tenth studio issue was 'Drama' in August 1980. Steve Howe began releasing albums with Asia in 1982, as he would do into the new millennium. Also in 1982 Yes was reformed into Cinema without Anderson, but with Chris Squire at bass, Alan White at drums, Tony Kaye at keyboards and Trevor Rabin at guitar. That group issued no material but became the new Yes with Anderson's inclusion for the release of '90125' in November 1983. 'Big Generator' saw issue in September of '87. 'Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe' saw release in '89, marking the split of Yes and ABWH, ABWH another Yes band performing Yes material. ABWH and Yes shared the album, 'Union', in 1991. Members of Yes at that time were Chris Squire, Trevor Rabin, Tony Kaye and Alan White. ABWH issued the live album, 'An Evening of Yes Music Plus', in 1993 (recorded in '89). Yes released its fourteenth album, 'Talk', in March 1994. The latter nineties saw the issue of  'Keys to Ascension' ('96), 'Keys to Ascension 2' ('97), 'Open Your Eyes' ('97) and 'The Ladder' ('99). Yes entered the new millennium with the release of 'Magnification' in 2001. The live LP, 'Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss', arrived in 2004. 'Fly From Here' became Yes' twentieth studio album in 2011, the same year as 'In the Present – Live from Lyon' was issued. 'Heaven & Earth' was issued in July 2014. Yes has been nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, but has yet to be elected as of this writing. Original member, Chris Squire, died in June of 2015 of leukemia in Phoenix, Arizona. This is a pretty long paragraph and all we've done is list albums by Yes. Their compositions aside, when one considers that albums are generally promoted by usually exhausting tours the greater phenomenon of Yes comes to light. Yes continues to perform to this date with Steve Howe and Alan White at helm.

Yes   1969



Yes   1971

   The Yes Album


Yes   1972

   Close to the Edge


Yes   1975

   The Gates Of Delirium

      Filmed live

Yes   1977


      Album: 'Going for the One'

Yes   1983



Yes   1987

   Big Generator

      Album: 'Big Generator'

  Love Will Find A Way

      Album: 'Big Generator'

  Shoot High Aim Low

      Album: 'Big Generato

Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe   1989

   Heart of the Sunrise

      Filmed live

Yes   1991

   Heart of the Sunrise

      Filmed live


  Badfinger is a touch beyond the time period of this page. But as they were basically the same band as the Iveys (Rock 5) we here index them. When the Iveys became Badfinger the band consisted of Mike Gibbins (drums and keyboards), Pete Ham (guitar and keyboards), Tom Evans (bass and guitar) and Joey Molland (guitar and keyboards). The name, Badfinger, wasn't precisely what one may think. It was taken from an earlier title of the Lennon-McCartney song, 'With a Little Help From My Friends', namely, 'Bad Finger Boogie', during the composition of which Lennon had hurt his index finger at the piano. The band's first release as Badfinger was the McCartney composition, 'Come and Get It', in 1970. Several live performances below.

Badfinger   1970

   Come and Get It

   Love Me Do

Badfinger   1971

   Day After Day

Badfinger   1972

   Baby Blue

   Straight Up


Badfinger   1973

   Apple Of My Eye

   No Matter What

Badfinger   1974

   Just a Chance

   In the Meantime Some Other Time

Badfinger   1979



Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Badfinger


Source: 流浪の民 (Nomadic Tribe)

Birth of Rock and Roll: British Invasion: Toe Fat

Toe Fat

Source: Boot Blues

Though Toe Fat is a touch too late for the range of this history the band must be included on this page as a continuation of the career of Cliff Bennett in Rock 5. Cliff Bennett, most famous in association with the Rebel Rousers (UK Beat), formed Toe Fat the year following the disbanding the Cliff Bennett Band (UK Beat) in 1968. Toe Fat released only two albums, 'Toe Fat' (1970) and 'Toe Fat Two' (1970), but the group toured in America as the opening act for Derek & the Dominoes, formed by Eric Clapton in 1970. After Toe Fat disbanded (two members of which would move onward to form Uriah Heep with a couple members of the Gods) Bennett released the album, 'Rebellion', in 1971. Though a well-regarded compilation of previously released music, it served more as something of a summary of Bennett's career since, though he afterward sang with the band, Shanghai, he then dropped out of the music business, entered the shipping industry and became a rich man. Bennett would revive the Rebel Rousers about a decade later in the eighties.

Cliff Bennett & Toe Fat   1970

   Bad Side of the Moon

   Just Like All the Rest


   That's My Love For You

   Working Nights

   You Tried To Make It All

Cliff Bennett   1971

   Amos Moses



  Paul Raven, born Paul Francis Gadd in 1944 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, changed his name to Gary Glitter in 1971. Such as 'Rock And Roll Part 1 & 2', 'I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock And Roll)', and the album, 'Glitter' were issued in 1972. 1973 saw 'Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)' along with two titles that reached No. 1 in the UK: 'I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am)' and 'I Love You Love Me Love'. Glitter's first promotional tour of the United States followed that year. Though that tour was to small affect Glitter was now well on his way to a successful career in glam rock, also visiting Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand that year. But by 1980 his popularity began to wane, which he countered with an autobiography in 1981: 'The Leader'. He then worked in various venues such as the annual winter Gangshow tour. Such was an oldies circuit, which fate Glitter seemed to accept as inevitable. But the tours became popular into the nineties, Glitter eventually able to fill Wembley Stadium in London (capacity 90,000). He continued recording into the new millennium, his last studio album, 'On', released in 2001. But his career was sunk by that time. In 1997 Glitter had been arrested for child pornography after taking his Toshiba laptop to a PC World computer repair shop in Bristol. He served four months in 1999. His arrest, however, brought forth allegations of child abuse by other females. He was arrested and acquitted, then bought a $70,000 yacht and left Great Britain for Cuba. Next traveling to Cambodia, he lived there until new allegations of child abuse arose, hence his move to Vietnam in 2004. He was then arrested for sex with two underage girls and served two years and nine months of miserable time at the Thu Duc jail. Upon release Glitter was deported to London. He kept a low profile until his 2012 arrest for sex with several underage girls between 1975 and 1980 per Operation Yewtree, a nation-wide hunt after sex offenders largely in the entertainment industry in the UK. He was sentenced to sixteen years in February 2015. His appeal is in process as of this writing. His earlier bio as Paul Raven and Paul Monday is in UK Beat.

Gary Glitter   1972



  Rock And Roll Part 1 & 2

     Filmed live

Gary Glitter   1973

   Baby Please Don't Go

   I Love You Love Me Love

     Filmed live

   Leader of the Gang

     Filmed live

   Do You Want to Touch Me

     Filmed live

Gary Glitter   1975

   Finders Keepers

   I'll Carry Your Picture

Gary Glitter   1990

   Hard On Me

     Filmed live at Portsmouth

Gary Glitter   1991

   Sheffield Arena 1991

    Filmed concert 


Birth of Rock and Roll: Seventies Rock: Gary Glitter

Gary Glitter

Source: 45 Cat

  We cease this history of the British invasion with Gary Glitter per 1972, he giving his first concert as Glitter in 1973 at the London Palladium. But other British Invasion bands had formed by that time: Black Sabbath, Cactus, Gentle Giant, Foghat, Supertramp, Uriah Heep, Queen and, possibly the first hard metal band, Judas Priest (if not Deep Purple higher on this page), all made their first record releases in 1970. The German electronic band, Tangerine Dream, also began issuing records in 1970. They would be followed  in the UK by such as the Electric Light Orchestra (first release 1971, formed in 1970 out of the band, The Move), Roxy Music (first release 1971), Thin Lizzy (formed in Dublin in 1969, first issue in '71, first US tour in '75), Camel (first release 1973), the Australian group, AC/DC (first release 1973), Alan Parsons (first release 1976) and Elvis Costello (first release 1977).



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