The British Music Invasion:
Was There An Influence on American Culture and History?
The British Music Invasion of the United States during the 1960’s changed every aspect of our society forever.
The year was 1945. The war was over and the servicemen began to return home to America. Creating of families had been delayed for the four years that the military men were out of the country fighting World War II. During the span of the next ten years, thousands of babies were conceived. The population curve known as the Baby Boom had started and the future teenagers of the 1960’s were born. The usually conformist society of the 1940’s and 1950’s America would never be the same again.
In 1963, John Kennedy was assassinated and his vice president Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president. Johnson increased the United States’ involvement in Vietnam and made a statement declaring war on poverty. This stance of his was called the Great Society Program and it ended up widening the powers of government and raising taxes which caused very high inflation. In the meantime, broadcast television was showing to all of the citizens of America the systematic beatings of Martin Luther King’s peaceful Civil Rights members, making it obvious to the people that the government was no longer interested in protecting their human and constitutional rights.
The passiveness of the youth in America was beginning to fade. The questioning of the country’s leaders was gaining power. Something as seemingly non-influential as music was about to begin to define the coming era.
On February 7, 1964, the Beatles landed at LaGuardia airport in New York. Their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, a hugely popular and iconic entertainment television show of the time, came to be known as the official beginning of the “British Invasion”.
The Beatles were immediately popular. They had, at one point, the top five record hits on Billboard Hot 100, the gauge of popularity used to show the record sales of...