Six British Invasion groups not yet inducted deserve Rock Hall of Fame consideration
Breaking up is hard to do. Getting blamed for it is easy
by Dave Thompson — 45 years ago, the phenomenon we know as Beatlemania truly started, and while the band had already been top of the pops in Britain and Europe for more than a year before they arrived in America, it was only with their conquest of America that they could truly take on the world.
The year’s-end release of Five Live Yardbirds coincided with The Yardbirds’ most prestigious outing yet — a place on the bill for The Beatles’ Christmas concerts at the Hammersmith Odeon. Backstage, The Yardbirds came face to face with their immediate future, in the form of a quietly spoken young Mancunian named Graham Gouldman, who had written a song he thought they might like.
Dive into the fascinating story of how the Beatles almost didn’t make it big in America, and how Capitol records very nearly wasn’t the record label to benefit when the Fab Four finally hopped across the pond and hit America on Feb. 7, 1964.