A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

Recent entries:
“Merlot, is it me you’re looking for?” (10/21)
Entry forthcoming (10/21)
Entry forthcoming (10/21)
“Always look on the bright cider life” (10/21)
“Safe, legal and rare” (abortion saying) (10/21)
More new entries...

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z


Entry from July 06, 2019
British Invasion (Broadway in the 1950s; rock and roll music in the 1960s)

The 1960s musical term “British Invasion” refers to the introduction to the United States of pop and rock groups such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Kinks, the Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, the Zombies, the Yardbirds, the Hollies, and the Animals. The “British Invasion” became official when the Beatles played television’s The Ed Sullivan Show in New York City on February 9, 1964.

The term “British Invasion” had been used frequently in the late 1950s and early 1960s to describe the many British actors and directors who were working on Broadway. “Another British Invasion of B’way; Plays, Actors and Lotsa Directors” was printed in Variety (Los Angeles, CA) on October 21, 1959. “New York Theatre: British ‘Invasion” is still Successful” was printed in The Stage and Television Today (London, UK) on April 4, 1963. “The British invasion of U.S. show biz is spreading into the record field” (referring to British pop singer Cliff Richard) was printed in Variety (Los Angeles, CA) on May 22, 1963.

“BRITISH INVASION—Please give me the names of The Beatles, who were on The Jack Paar Show.—Sherrie R. and Kathie K., Beaverton, Ore.” by “Ask TV Scout” was a in a column printed in many American newspapers on February 2, 1964.


Wikipedia: British Invasion
The British Invasion was a cultural phenomenon of the mid-1960s, when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom and other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States and significant to the rising “counterculture” on both sides of the Atlantic. Pop and rock groups such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Kinks, the Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, the Zombies, the Yardbirds, the Hollies, and the Animals were at the forefront of the “Invasion.”
(...)
] On December 29, The Baltimore Sun, reflecting the dismissive view of most adults, editorialized, “America had better take thought as to how it will deal with the invasion. Indeed a restrained ‘Beatles go home’ might be just the thing.” In the next year alone, the Beatles would have 30 different listings on the Hot 100.

On January 3, 1964, The Jack Paar Program ran Beatles concert footage licensed from the BBC “as a joke,” but it was watched by 30 million viewers. While this piece was largely forgotten, Beatles producer George Martin has said it “aroused the kids’ curiosity”. In the middle of January 1964, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” appeared suddenly, then vaulted to the top of nearly every top 40 music survey in the United States, launching the Fab Four’s sustained, massive output. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” ascended to number one on the January 25, 1964 edition of Cash Box magazine (on sale January 18) and the February 1, 1964 edition of the Hot 100. On February 7, 1964, the CBS Evening News ran a story about the Beatles’ United States arrival that afternoon in which the correspondent said, “The British Invasion this time goes by the code name Beatlemania.” Two days later, on Sunday, February 9, they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. Nielsen Ratings estimated that 45 percent of US television viewers that night saw their appearance.

21 October 1959, Variety (Los Angeles, CA), pg. 2, col. 1:
Another British Invasion of B’way;
Plays, Actors and Lotsa Directors

By JESSE GROSS

3 January 1962, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News, pg. 24, col. 1:
How Britain Captured Broadway
Joan Plowright Acts ‘Not for Money’

By WILLIAM LONGGOOD
(...)
AS PART OF THE BRITISH invasion of Broadway, she (Joan Plowright—ed.) has been described as “one of the nicest imports the British have sent us in a long time.”

4 April 1963, The Stage and Television Today (London, UK), pg. 15, col. 1:
NEW YORK THEATRE
British ‘Invasion’ is still Successful
By Ranald Savery

22 May 1963, Variety (Los Angeles, CA), pg. 51, col. 3:
BRITISH INVADE YANK MARKET
CLIFF RICHARD NEXT IN LINE
BY MIKE GROSS
The British invasion of U.S. show biz is spreading into the record field. According to tradesters it’s beginning to shape up like a repeat of the beachhead established by the Britishers in the Broadway legit area this past season.

Spearheading the new British assault on the U.S> disk market is Cliff Richard, Great Britain’s top disker, who, last week was signed to an exclusive pact by Epic Records for the U.S. release of any of his British recordings as well as any records he makes in this country.

2 February 1964, Abilene (TX) Reporter-News, “Ask TV Scout,” pg. 8-C, col. 1:
BRITISH INVASION—Please give me the names of The Beatles, who were on The Jack Paar Show.—Sherrie R. and Kathie K., Beaverton, Ore.

3 February 1964, Atlanta (GA) Constitution, “Answer Man,” pg. 20-A, col. 2:
BRITISH INVASION—Please give me the names of The Beatles, who were on The Jack Paar Show.—Sherrie R. and Kathie K.

7 February 1964, Minneapolis (MN) Star, pg. 1A, col. 3:
The British Are Coming!
At 12:40 p.m. today the Beatles, a beat singing quartet, were to make the most heralded British invasion of America since Paul Revere’s day. New York City police were alerted to use “as many men as needed” to avert teen-age riots, a regular thing at Beatles’ appearances all over Europe.

23 May 1964, Disc (London, UK), pg. 5, col. 2:
BRITISH INVASION? JUST GREAT, SAYS LITTLE RICHARD
By Ken Newman

OCLC WorldCat record
The best of the British invasion
Author: Arlene Reckson-Cohen
Publisher: New York : Pye Records, 1975.
Series: The Pye history of British pop music
Edition/Format: Music LP

OCLC WorldCat record
History of rock music : how it all began ; where it’s at now ; the Beatles start the British invasion ; the mixed rock bag ; “the good sounds” ; “where it’s going” ; 1 book for piano, organ, vocal & guitar
Author: Judith L Porter
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Hansen, ca. 1975.
Edition/Format: Musical score : English

OCLC WorldCat record
The British Invasion : How the Beatles and Other UK Bands Conquered America.
Author: Bill Harry
Publisher: Chicago : Chrome Dreams, 2004.
Edition/Format: eBook : Document : English

OCLC WorldCat record
The Beatles : leading the British invasion
Author: Diane Dakers
Publisher: New York : Crabtree Publishing Company, 2013.
Series: Crabtree groundbreaker biographies.
Edition/Format: Print book : Biography : Juvenile audience : English
Summary:
Chronicles the story of the British band through its sensational successes of the 1960s and the four solo careers its breakup spawned in 1970, looking at the band’s formation and how its music defined a generation.

(Trademark)
Word Mark BRITISH INVASION
Goods and Services IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Clothing, namely, tee shirts, sweatshirts, fleece vests, caps, polo shirts, shirts, jackets. FIRST USE: 19910921. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19910921
IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Organizing and conducting a festival featuring primarily exhibitions of vintage British motor vehicles and also featuring car-related competitions and a driving tour, all for entertainment purposes. FIRST USE: 19910921. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19910921
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 86505854
Filing Date January 16, 2015
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition June 23, 2015
Registration Number 4807609
Registration Date September 8, 2015
Owner (REGISTRANT) British Invasion, Inc. DBA British Invasion CORPORATION VERMONT Suite 240 400 Cornerstone Drive Williston VERMONT 05495
Attorney of Record Roberta Fitzsimmons
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “BRITISH” FOR THE SERVICES IN INTERNATIONAL CLASS 041 APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film/Circus • Saturday, July 06, 2019 • Permalink