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Merseybeat was the original sound of the British Invasion -- a driving, melodic sound that was hybrid of American rock & roll and R&B, and British skiffle. The Beatles' early records, like "Please Please Me" and "Love Me Do," were the prototypes of the genre, and soon other Liverpudlian bands like Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer, and the Searchers were following the same style. Called Merseybeat because of the Mersey River in Liverpool, the sound flourished throughout 1963 and the first half of 1964. Shortly afterward, R&B-oriented bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Yardbirds appeared, as did pop groups like the Hollies and Freddie & the Dreamers. While these pop groups were influenced by Merseybeat, the style itself was losing ground, especially since the Beatles had begun to expand their stylistic reach.

Merseybeat Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Bus Stop The Hollies
She Loves You The Beatles
I Wanna Be Your Man The Beatles
Love Me Do The Beatles
Eight Days a Week The Beatles
I'm Down The Beatles
Please Please Me The Beatles
The Beatles
I've Just Seen a Face The Beatles
Twist and Shout The Beatles
And I Love Her The Beatles
Carrie Anne The Hollies
I Want to Hold Your Hand [Mono] The Beatles
Long Tall Sally [Mono] The Beatles
Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms) The Beatles
She Loves You
The Beatles
Look Through Any Window The Hollies
To You My Love The Hollies
Do You Want to Know a Secret The Beatles
I Saw Her Standing There [Mono] The Beatles
Ferry Cross the Mersey Gerry & the Pacemakers
Love Potion No. 9 The Searchers
Carrie Anne The Hollies

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