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The Beatles began in 1960 playing covers of songs byCarl Perkins, Barrett Strong, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and other American rock and roll groups such as the Miracles, the Marvelettes, theIsleyBrothers and the Shirelles. Early recordings of their own material with producer George Martinwere ‘Love me do’ and ‘P.S. I love you’(1962). Their first album Please Please Me was released in 1963. In February 1964 the Beatles toured the USA and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show to 73 million television viewers. They soon became a household name in America and held the first five places on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Beatles were the front line of the ‘British Invasion’ of English groups on the American charts which began in 1964.
The Hollies formed in 1962 by singer Allan Clarke and guitarist/singer Graham Nash. Their US hits were ‘Bus Stop’ and ‘Look through any window’.
Close pop vocal harmonies.
Covered rhythm and blues songs by John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley andFats Domino. Their 1964 hit was ‘House of the rising sun’.