In the mid-1960s, a musical phenomenon happened in the United States, called the British Invasion. And you could say that the Beatles were in the lead ship of the armada. Other bands, such as the Rolling Stones and the Kinks, also became popular during that time. The interest in rock and roll was growing as young people were looking for new ways to express themselves. Brit bands found much of their inspiration from African American culture, specifically jazz and the blues.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison made up the final version of the rock band, the Beatles. Before they made their way across the pond, they were making their way in the U.K. and also in Hamburg, Germany, where they got their mod look: the shaggy mop-top hair, the mod suits and the stylish black boots.
Beatlemania in the U.S. was a part of that British Invasion. News organizations were curious about these lads from Liverpool. Their breakthrough performance was their appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," when almost half of the American population was watching. Little did anyone know how iconic and important that performance would be for popular culture, let alone for the band themselves.
The Beatles evolved their sound from head-bopping pop tunes and blues covers to more psychedelic music, influenced by their time in India. By the time they officially broke up in 1970, the Beatles had released 13 studio albums. Their music launched and influenced countless bands, even today.
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