British Invasion 1965

Just how big was the British Invasion in 1965? What had started in 1964 had turned into a monster a year later. Half of the 26 Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers belonged to British acts. Not all of the songs below made it to #1 in the U.S. in ’65 but each one of them is a classic.
Listen … and remember.

Your Memories … That’s What We’re All About

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British Invasion 1965

Dave Clark Five – Kinks – Beatles
The Who – Herman’s Hermits

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders – Animals
Rolling Stones – Gerry & The Pacemakers

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Comments (11)

  1. Don Doyle

    Good Morning; Ray. I always look forward to Brit Tuesday. Wow, what a list of artists today. All heavy hitters. The Dave Clark Five made you want to sing along with their basic, straightforward sound. The kinks, my favorites, I love Rayโ€™s writing and Daveโ€™s playing. As a major fan of their work, I enjoy listening to them grow artistically. Their music has stood the test of time very well. I remember being surprised when Yesterday was released. It was so smooth and mellow, so reflective. In addition the subject matter was very non traditional. Young kids are not known for thinking about their past, it was straight ahead at a furious pace. Early Who was more in keeping with the teen mindset. Hermanโ€™s Hermits projected such a happy, carefree attitude, you just had to smile. The Animals, with their grit was certainly the flip side of HHโ€™s style. The contrast is striking. Early Stones, we are back to gritty, honest blues material. Gerry & The Pacemakers relaxed and wistful had a calming effect on the listeners. His catalog is worth exploring, unfortunately it is not that numerous as you might hope. Ray, this is a wonderful snapshot of a fun, formative era. You did it again, all hits, all the time. Like the milkman, you always deliver. Now for my tea. I need a cuppa.. You deserve on too. Enjoy the day and Rock On!

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Don. I have to be honest and say that Brit Tuesday is my favorite day of the week for medleys. That music had such a profound effect on me. It was such a different sound than I was accustomed to, and I knew it sure (in my opinion) beat the hell out of the “teen idols” we had been spoon fed on the radio.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it … and I hope you enjoyed the tea, as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      ROCK ON, BRO!

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  2. Wendyl

    Good morning, Chap! I was gobsmacked to see 9 songs fit in under 22 minutes! Blinding and posh! Seriously though, Brit Tuesday brings back some of my earliest memories! Today’s medley was the dog’s bollocks. I don’t want anyone to think I’ve lost the plot so I will say Cheerio for now! ๐Ÿ™‚ XOXOXOXO ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Wendyl โค๏ธ
      Your Tuesday commentaries always crack me up! ๐Ÿ™‚
      You would fit right on the cast of any BBC program! Totally Fab and very Gear!
      โค๏ธXOXOXOXOโค๏ธ

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    2. Don Doyle

      Wendy you were a little behind schedule commenting today. I was afraid you might has passed out with some sort of sugar rush from you birthday cake and ice cream. Happy to see you survived and hope it was a memorable day.

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      1. Don Doyle

        I am going to have finger tip reduction or start to use a stylus to reduce all the typos.

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      2. Wendyl

        I had a great day, Don! Thank you! I did pass out from all the sugar but only after enjoying a very memorable day. Thanks for checking on me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Pat Conant

    Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away, and I like it like that. Thanks for all the memories, Ray except for maybe get offa my cloud. That one I could do without!!LOL.

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Pat.
      Truth be told, I can also do without the one you can do without, but it was a #1 hit in ’65, soooo ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Penny

    The Brits had some great hits through out the 60’s that have endured time!! Love most of them … tough to pick my favorite on this set but I think Game of Love is the one, very upbeat! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Penny ๐Ÿ™‚
      The Game of Love was a great song! โค๏ธ It is, after all, the purpose of a man and a woman ๐Ÿ™‚

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