However, to say that, after 1962, UK artists took little interest in, or inspiration from, American music from the late 50s/early 60s is being too simplistic.
British artists still occasionally covered U.K. hits from the era 1957-62, and the following tracks, one from each year 1965-67, are classic examples:
Hermans Hermits, one of the vanguard of UK groups at the forefront of the 'British invasion of the U.S.', recorded this version of The Rays 1957 American success and had a UK Top 10 hit with it in 1965.
This song featured in yesterday's '60s Fast Fact' as the last UK chart hit for producer Joe Meek. This haunting version of The Drifters' 'Please Stay' had a British chart high in 1966 of only No.26, but has since, to this day, been a masslve favourite amongst UK oldies fans.
The Dave Clark 5, like Hermans Hermits, were part of the 'British Invasion', but that did not stop them rewinding to 1960 to cover Marv Johnson's 'You Got What It Takes' in their own thumping style to garner yet another UK hit.
A doo-wop classic, a classy ballad, and a classic slice of R'n'B. The American songbook circa. 1957-62 was nothing if not varied!! These are just 3 of a number of examples, so, although American influence on British artists may have been less frequent post-1962, it never actually went away!
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