Beat music, British beat, or Merseybeat (for bands from Liverpool and Manchester which are beside the River Mersey) is a pop and rock music genre that developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1960s.
Beat music is a fusion of rock and roll, doo-wop, skiffle and rhythm and blues. The genre provided many of the bands responsible for the British invasion of the American pop charts starting in 1964, and provided the model for many important developments in pop and rock music, including the format of the rock group around lead, rhythm and bass guitars with drums.
By 1967 beat music was beginning to sound out of date, particularly compared with the "harder edged" blues rockthat was beginning to emerge. Most of the groups that had not already disbanded moved, like The Beatles, into different forms of rock music and pop music, including psychedelic rock and eventually progressive rock. Beat was a major influence on the American garage rock and folk rock movements, and would be a source of inspiration for subsequent rock music sub-genres, including Britpop in the 1990s.
Beat bands starting with 'S': 6 bands in database
|Jack London & the Sparrows (Canada)||John E. Sharpe and the Squires (South Africa (RSA))||Les Sauterelles (Switzerland)||Sandra Barry & the Boys (United Kingdom)||Shake Spears (Rhodesia (Zambia))||Spektors (Australia)|
|Alan Shacklock||Alan Shane||Alex Smith||Andy Sneddon||Andy Summers||Arthur Sharp||Bernd Scheffler||Bernd Schulz||Big Jim Sullivan||Bon Scott||Chris Stone||Dallas Smith||Dave Sinclair||Dave Skinner||Dave Spencer||Derek Shulman||Derek Sirmon||Dieter Sadlowsky||Doug Sandom||Eric Stewart||Flemming Knud Sørensen||Frank Seidel||Günther Sohr||Geoff Swettenham||Georg "Toni" Schneider||Gerry Savage||Graham Scott||Gunnar Schäfer||Guy Shepard||Harvey Shield||Henk Smitskamp||Jørgen Stig||Jürg Stocker||John E. Sharpe||John Stark||John Steel||Johnny Sandon||Keith Smart||Keith Stokes||Ken Shalliker||Kostas Skokos||Lucas Sideras||Martin Shaer||Marvyn Sharpe||Max Sprangenberg||Mick Stubbs||Mike Stoffner||Mo Sperling||Niels Schmidt||Nils Schmidt||Pete Shannon||Peter Seilberger||Peter Shoesmith||Peter Steffen||Peter Swettenham||Phil Sawyer||Phil Shulman||Rainer Schiffgen||Ray Sheen||Ray Shulman||Rene van Spanje||Richard Sinclair||Ringo Starr||Ronnie Smith||Rory Storm||Stan||Steve Scott||Steve Speer||Tamás Somló||Terry Stacey||Terry Sylvester||Wesley Stafford|
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