Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll

This episode salutes 50 Lost Top 40 acts from both the late 1950s and early to mid-1960s waves of the British invasion.

Say the words, “British Invasion,” and everyone recalls the Beatles, the Dave Clark 5, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Herman’s Hermits, the Hollies, Tom Jones, Petula Clark, the Animals, Donovan, Gerry & The Pacemakers, the Yardbirds, and the Bee Gees, for example. Their songs are still played on U.S. radio stations.

But forgotten by many is an earlier British invasion. It coincided with the launch of the so-called rock and roll era in 1955. It preceded the Beatles and the other mid-1960s U.K. artists who dominated the U.S. music scene. Those earlier U.K. rockers scored many big hit singles that also have vanished from your favorite oldies stations.


These artists and songs all part of the greatest rock and roll stories on record, and you’ll hear them here.