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THE BRITISH INVASION (article first published : 2007-04-6)

Following the highly acclaimed and successful tribute show to the Bee Gees, Stuart Mey and his talented Dockyard team are presenting what is certain to be another run-away hit show.

The British Invasion celebrates the music that changed the world. International pop music, prior to the 1960’s, was largely dominated by American artistes; mainly oily-voiced crooners like Bobby Vinton, Andy Williams, and Perry Como, and of course the rock ‘n roll singers like Elvis and Buddy Holly.

When the Beatles burst onto the scene in 1962, initially playing a lot of American rock ‘n roll, loads of other British acts were soon to follow. The breakthrough first came between 1963 and about 1965, when pop groups like Herman’s Hermits, The Dave Clark 5, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Hollies, (who took their name from Buddy Holly), The Beatles, (whose name was inspired by Holly’s band “The Crickets”), The Animals, The Rolling Stones and many others started having hit records in the USA.

Their effect was huge and in 1965 the US government put an embargo on work permits for British bands as they began to displace some of the American bands on the US charts.

American TV presenter Ed Sullivan invited many of Britain’s most popular performers to appear on his show, thus giving credibility and acceptance to these acts. Featured on the Ed Sullivan Show were The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Dave Clark 5, Dusty Springfield, Helen Shapiro, The Animals, The Rolling Stones to name but a few.

The Dockyard’s production, The British Invasion features the music of those British singers and bands (like those already mentioned) who invaded America in the 1960’s and those performers, like Dire Straits, Robbie Williams, Phil Collins and KT Tunstall who still give the Yanks a good run for their money.

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