The Beatles and the British Invasion

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The British Invasion On February 7th of 1964, the British Invasion began in America as the Beatles flew from Heathrow airport to JFK airport in New York. The Beatles was made up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The first public appearance in the United States by the Beatles was on Sunday, February 9th when they performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and around 73 million viewers watched the performance on TV, which was the largest audience recorded for a television show at that time. The Beatles had previously had a number 1 record in January in the United States. They performed multiple times in the United States, at Washington Coliseum, Carnegie Hall, and on the Ed Sullivan show again, before their return to England on February 22nd. The attack of “Beatlemania” on America led to the start of the British Invasion. The British Invasion consisted of many artists and bands including The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Who, The Kinks, and Dusty Springfield. It came in two waves, the early 1960s, started by the Beatles, and the late 1960s when Elton John had his first few hits, with many more to follow. Due to the success of The Beatles, American record labels were all trying to British artists to sign with them and become popular in the United States. It also led to an increase of British people who wanted to be in the music industry. The British artists began to take over the Top 40s, knocking off many American artists that had previous success, including Elvis Presley, whose popularity decreased due to the British Invasion. The British Invasion affected the music in the United States, but it also affected the future culture of the United States. While people of all ages were able to enjoy The Beatles, their popularity led to the generation gap in the 1960s. The younger people felt like they could relate to the music which led
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