Our Top Artists from the 1960s
The sixties saw Britain’s developed music industry flourish. The decade of the British Invasion, where British artists of rock and roll, beat and pop performers became popular in the US. Beatlemania flourished, The Who and The Kinks gained popularity, and the British Invasion influenced the fashion of the 1960s. As well as beat music, blues, folk rock and British psychedelia began to gain popularity. In the US, the sixties began with soul music, but as the decade progressed Motown emerged as a favourite, and psychedelic rock became popular after the British Invasion. Here, we list our top artists from the 1960s!
The Beach Boys
Formed in 1961as a garage band as one of the fore founders of ‘California Sound’. The Beach Boys enjoyed two number 1 singles in the UK with ‘Good Vibrations’ in 1966 and ‘Do It Again’ 1968, earning themselves their place on our list of top artists from the 1960s. The band still perform today, with 3 out of 5 of its original members as well as 1 member who has been performing with the band since the beginning of the Eighties.
A part of the British Invasion, the Who formed in 1964. The band still perform today with just Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, with original members John Entwistle and Keith Moon having died in 2002 and 1978 respectively. Reaching number 2 in 1965 with ‘My Generation’ and ‘I’m a Boy’ in 1966, The Who are regarded as one of the most influential British bands of all time and firmly place themselves as one of our top artists from the 1960s.
Seattle native Jimi Hendrix began his music career in 1963, having played guitar since age 15. Hendrix moved to the UK in late 1966, and gained himself 3 UK Top 10 singles within months, becoming popular in the US the year after and in 1968 gaining his first US number 1 album with ‘Electric Ladyland’. He died 2 years later at the age of 27.
Often hailed as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and referred to as the ‘King of Rock and Roll’, Elvis Presley began his career in the 50s and continued throughout the sixties and seventies until his death in late 1977. In the 60s, Elvis devoted much of his time to the silver screen and soundtracks, before returning to the stage after a 7-year break in 1968.
Arguably the most influential group on the 1960s, with Beatlemania and leading the British Invasion of America, The Beatles built the foundation of their popularity by playing clubs in Liverpool from their formation in 1960. They rose to popularity in the UK in late 1962, acquiring the nickname ‘the Fab Four’ as Beatlemania began to skyrocket, becoming internationally popular by 1964. Our list of top artists from the 1960s wouldn’t be complete without The Beatles, who subsequently disbanded in 1970.
An American singer and songwriter, began his career at the very end of the fifties, and helped to shape Motown in America during the sixties. He had hits in the 1960s with ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’, ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)’ and ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ (his only UK number 1 in 1969), later earning the title of “Prince of Motown”.
Welsh singer Tom Jones began his long career in 1963 as the frontman Welsh beat group Tommy Scott and the Senators. In late 1964, Tom Jones released his first solo single “Chills and Fever”. Whilst this didn’t chart in the UK, “It’s Not Unusual”, arguably one of Jones’ most popular songs, became an international hit. It reached number one in the UK in 1965, joined a year later by “Green Green Grass of Home” which sat at the UK number one position for 7 weeks. Tom Jones had several other Top 20 UK singles in the ‘60s.
Simon & Garfunkel
An American folk rock duo, Simon & Garfunkel were one of the best-selling music groups of the 60s. Known for their rocky relationship and 60s hits such “Mrs. Robinson” and “The Sound of Silence”. The band split for good in 1970, with various reunions over the years but nothing permanent. The majority of their success came in the 1960s, enjoying several UK Top 10 Hits and earning their spot on our list of top artists from the 1960s.
The Everly Brothers
The Everly Brothers are a particular favourite at Seacroft, as we have tribute act Everly Everly performing at several of our Through the Decades breaks throughout the year! An American country-influenced rock and roll duo, The Everly Brothers began their career in 1951 until 1971, when they went on to pursue solo careers. The brothers reunited in 1983 at the Royal Albert Hall and played together on and off until 2005.
The Four Seasons
An American rock and pop band that had great international success in the 1960s, The Four Seasons was the most popular rock band before the Beatles. Here at Seacroft Holiday Village we have the Four Jerseys perform from time to time, who are a fantastic tribute band. With several UK Top 20 singles in the 60s, including “Rag Doll” at no. 2 in 1964 and “Let’s Hang On” at no. 4 in 1965, the Four Seasons were a favourite in the 1960s and secure their position on our list of top artists from the 1960s.
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Last reviewed 27 July 2017.