The Who

The Who are an English rock band that released ten studio albums between 1965 and 1982, including the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia. They started during the early sixties beat boom when singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist–songwriter Pete Townshend, and bassist John Entwistle evolved from West London hopefuls The Detours. In 1964, drummer Keith Moon joined […]

The Dave Clark Five

The Dave Clark Five were an English beat group from Tottenham, named after drummer/businessman Dave Clark and fronted by keyboardist/singer Mike Smith. As part of the 1964–1966 British Invasion, they scored 13 Billboard Top 20 hits, including “Glad All Over,” “Bits and Pieces,” “Can’t You See That She’s Mine,” “Because,” “Over and Over,” and “Catch […]

The Spencer Davis Group

The Spencer Davis Group was an English R&B/beat band from Birmingham, fronted by teenage singer/keyboardist Steve Winwood. Signed to Fontana, they released three albums during 1965–66 comprised mostly of blues and soul covers. Though the band was democratic, they made guitarist/singer Spencer Davis their namesake because he was the only member willing to field journalists. […]

Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann was an English R&B/beat band from London that released a string of singles and two albums on His Master’s Voice during the mid-1960s with original vocalist Paul Jones, followed by three albums with accompanying singles on Fontana between 1966 and 1968 with singer Mike D’Abo. Guitarist/bassist Tom McGuinness later teamed with Bluesbreaker Hughie […]

The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock quartet that was active throughout the 1960s. Establishing their classic lineup in Liverpool in late-1962, the band were among the first to liberate rock from its 12-bar, 1-4-5 blues base and open the music to an infinite array of chord sequences and melodic possibilities. In doing so, they sparked […]

The Kinks

The Kinks were an English rock band that was active for three decades between the early 1960s and early 1990s. Formed in 1963 Muswell Hill, north London, the band were a cornerstone of the 1964 British Invasion with the chordal-powered twin hits “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night.” Advancing […]

The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues are an English rock band formed in Birmingham during the mid-1960s. Initially an R&B/beat combo, the band underwent a swift change in frontal personnel and ultimately established itself amid the rise of album-oriented orchestral rock. Starting with the revolutionary band/orchestra pairing Days of Future Passed in 1967, the Moody Blues issued a […]

The Pretty Things

The Pretty Things were an English rock band, originally formed in 1963 by guitarist/vocalist Dick Taylor and singer/guitarist Phil May. Taylor had briefly played the prior year in an embryonic lineup of The Rolling Stones. They were arguably the most significant band of the beat boom to not have a stateside breakthrough during the British […]

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock institution that was founded in 1962. Formed by graduates of Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, the band would play a central role in London’s R&B/beat boom. As The Beatles opened the floodgates for UK acts on a global scale, The Rolling Stones swiftly emerged as the Fab Four’s fiercest […]

Small Faces

The Small Faces were an English mod-psych band that placed ten singles on the UK Top 20 between 1965 and 1968, including “All or Nothing,” “Tin Soldier,” “Lazy Sunday,” and the transatlantic pop-psych evergreen “Itchycoo Park.” Despite their relative late arrival on the beat-boom timeline, their quick maturity culminated in the 1968 concept album Ogdens’ […]


The Yardbirds were an English rock band that was initially active from 1963 to 1968. Sprung from the R&B/beat boom, they issued a string of singles noted for sonic innovations like harpsichord riffing (“For Your Love”), sitar-guitar tones (“Heart Full of Soul”), and explosive reverb effects (“Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”). They served as the […]

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull (born Dec. 29, 1946) is an English singer from Hampstead who released three albums on Decca between 1965 and 1967, scoring early successes with the singles “Come and Stay With Me,” “This Little Bird,” “Summer Nights,” and a cover of the Rolling Stones ballad “As Tears Go By.” The early 1970s found her […]