The British Beat Live : Best of the 60’s American pop music was primed for an injection of fresh energy at the dawn of 1964. Across the pond, a platoon of guitar-wielding bands wearing scandalously long hair and sharp continental suits were cooking up the means to supply it, setting the stage for the tidal wave of the British Invasion.America’s fevered response to the Beatles in early 1964 unleashed a moptop mania that even out-thundered Elvis Presley in its cataclysmic resonance, opening the door for British beat groups aplenty. Suddenly, doo-wop and surf and rhythm and blues were all in imminent danger of being passe on the Top 40, swept off the airwaves by The Animals, The Zombies and The Troggs.The best of these exciting young groups were true innovators in their own right, advancing the rock idiom exponentially with their songwriting brilliance.Hosted by Petula Clark.
- Game of Love – Wayne Fontana
- Groovy Kind of Love – Wayne Fontana
- I Go to Pieces – Peter & Gordon
- A World Without Love – Peter & Gordon
- Needles & Pins – Mike Pender
- Downtown – Petula Clark
- Do Wah Diddy – Paul Jones
- Here Comes My Baby – The Tremeloes
- We Gotta Get Outta This Place – Eric Burdon & the Animals
- The House of the Rising Sun – Eric Burdon & the Animals
- Time of the Season – the Zombies
- She’s Not There – the Zombies
- A Whiter Shade of Pale – Lulu
- To Sir With Love – Lulu
- Wild Thing – Reg Presley & the Troggs
- Ferry Cross the Mersey – Gerry & the Pacemakers
- Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying – Gerry & the Peacemakers
- Go Now – Denny Laine
- The British Beat Live : Best of the 60’s In February 1964, a young English rock’n’roll quartet called The Beatles arrived on U.S. shores, kicking off a musical explosion that took the country by storm — and reverberates to this day. PBS revisits the time when the nation’s airwaves grooved to the swinging sounds of London in “The British Beat” (My Music). Britain’s first lady of song, Petula Clark, hosts this all-star reunion of some of the best of the British Invasion and performs her #1 million-seller “Downtown.”Beloved duo Peter Asher and the late Gordon Waller reunite for the first time in nearly four decades to perform their hits “World Without Love” and “I Go to Pieces.”Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of The Zombies bring back the British psychedelic pop sound with the Brit-rock anthems “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There.””The British Beat” includes numerous #1 Billboard hits such as “To Sir With Love” by Lulu, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” by Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits and “Game of Love” by Wayne Fontana, original lead singer of Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, who also reprises the favorite “A Groovy Kind of Love.”Additional highlights include the earthy, feel-good declaration “Do Wah Diddy” from Paul Jones of Manfred Mann, the pulsating “Needles & Pins” by Mike Pender’s Searchers, “Yesterday’s Gone” by balladeers Chad & Jeremy and the R&B-flavored “Go Now” from Denny Laine, original singer for the Moody Blues.Eric Burdon of The Animals offers another Brit-rock anthem, “The House of the Rising Sun” — based on an American folk ballad.
The British Beat Live : Best of the 60’s An archival performance of her 1966 worldwide smash “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” pays tribute to the late Dusty Springfield, while vintage clips from “The Ed Sullivan Show” provide era-defining moments from The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
“This is an amazing night of amazing music from across the pond,” exclaims TJ Lubinsky, creator and executive producer of the MY MUSIC series. “To feel the emotions as Gerry and the Pacemakers ‘Ferry Across the Mersey’ and the Tremeloes take us back into the coffee houses of the 60s with their classic ‘Here Comes My Baby’ is an awesome, touching tribute to some of the most familiar and timeless songs of the 20th century.”
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