The British Invasion

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  • Tornados - "Telstar"

    Tornados - "Telstar"
    The first British record to top the American singles charts
  • Beatles enter the American Top 40 Charts

    Beatles enter the American Top 40 Charts
    "I Want to Hold Your Hand" entered the American Top 40
  • Beatles top the American Top 40 Chart

    Beatles top the American Top 40 Chart
    "I Want to Hold Your Hand" reaches No. 1 on the American Top 40
  • Beatles appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

    Beatles appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
    Official start of the "British Invasion" with screaming girls and a focus on the music from England
  • Beatles Take Off

    Beatles Take Off
    Beatles now have five singles in Billboard magazine's Top Hundred
  • Beatles on Top

    Beatles on Top
    The Beatles now hold the top 5 spots on the Billboard Top Hundred
  • The Searchers join Ed Sullivan

    The Searchers join Ed Sullivan
    The Searchers perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show", the first band to do so since the Beatles
  • The Rolling Stones land in NYC

    The Rolling Stones land in NYC
  • The Animals make their American Debut

    The Animals make their American Debut
    "House of the Rising Sun" is debuted before audiences at New York's Paramount Theater
  • The Kinks break the Top 40

    The Kinks break the Top 40
    "You Really Got Me" will eventually reach the Top 10
  • Petula Clark takes Center Stage

    Petula Clark takes Center Stage
    "Downtown" takes the Number 1 spot in the US. She also has Top 10 hits "I Know a Place" and "Love Potion Number Nine".
  • Herman's Hermits Continue Brit Takeover

    Herman's Hermits Continue Brit Takeover
    With their number 1 "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter," Herman's Hermits sell more singles in 1965 than any other groups except the Beatles
  • Beatles play Shea Stadium

    Beatles play Shea Stadium
    55,600 fans make this the largest rock concert to date and the screaming completely drowns out the band
  • The Who make their American Debut

    The Who make their American Debut
  • Van Morrison goes Solo

    Van Morrison goes Solo
    Van Morrison leaves Belfast, Ireland based group "Them" and releases hit single "Brown Eyed Girl"
  • David Bowie is created

    David Bowie is created
    David Jones changes his last name to Bowie to not be confused to Davy Jones
  • Beatles Popularity Soars

    Beatles Popularity Soars
    John Lennon is quoted as saying the Beatles were now "more famous than Jesus". He later apologizes for this remark.
  • The Monkees on TV

    The Monkees on TV
    The British Invasion taking over American television!
    An NBC comedy series that follows a group of friends trying to make their way as a rock 'n' roll band. Their music made its way to the American Top 100 charts.
  • John Lennon meets Yoko Ono

    John Lennon meets Yoko Ono
  • The End of the British Invasion

    The End of the British Invasion
    While groups like the Beatles, the Who, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five, Zombies, the Animals, the Kinks, and the Yardbirds continue making music and making the Top 100 charts, the British Invasion slows down as American based groups regain momentum.