Cliff Richard
It's Hard to Believe: The Amazing World of Joe Meek
The Singles Collection
The Shadows

Pop/Rock » British Invasion » Early British Pop/Rock

Early British pop/rock is essentially any British popular music that was influenced by rock & roll and that appeared prior to the Beatles (i.e. the late '50s to about 1963). Most early British rock was far more mannered than its inspirations, and its best performers not quite up to the level of American rockers -- simply because rock & roll was full of indigenous American musical ingredients that British performers weren't familiar with. Aside from the skiffle fad (which inspired many future rockers to pick up their first instruments), most early British pop/rock consisted of rockabilly imitations (some of the best of which came from Cliff Richard & the Shadows, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, and Billy Fury) or string-dominated ballads sung by teen idols. Some of the most intriguing exceptions came from producer Joe Meek, whose space-age aesthetic and adventurous experiments with sound effects produced some of the most distinctive instrumental rock of the pre-Beatles era (it also produced the first British single to hit number one in the States, the Tornados' "Telstar"). But by and large, early British pop/rock's greatest importance was as an inspiration to the next generation of British rockers who would spearhead the British Invasion.

Early British Pop/Rock Artists Highlights

Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
The Shadows
The Shadows
Marty Wilde
Marty Wilde

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Early British Pop/Rock Album Highlights

It's Hard to Believe: The Amazing World of Joe Meek
Joe Meek
It's Hard to Believe: The ...
The Singles Collection
Cliff Richard
The Singles Collection
Dance with Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
Dance with Cliff Richard
The Alchemist of Pop: Home Made Hits and Rarities 1959-1966
Joe Meek
The Alchemist of Pop: Home ...
I Hear a New World: An Outer Space Music Fantasy
Joe Meek / Joe Meek & the ...
I Hear a New World: An ...
Shadows Are Go!
The Shadows
Shadows Are Go!

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Early British Pop/Rock Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Telstar The Tornados
I Love You Cliff Richard
Johnny Remember Me John Leyton
I Hear a New World Joe Meek & the Blue Men
Sticks and Stones Billy Fury
Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) Cliff Richard
Summer Holiday Cliff Richard

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