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The Beatles were NOT the first stars to create the English Invasion. Other Liverpudlians such as Gerry and The Pacemakers started it first. Their 'How do you do it' was a big hit before the Beatles hit! Once they did record, they helped change the sound of pop music, here and around the world.

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Why did it end ?

One thing is certain everything except a circle has an ending. The original Rock era was no exception. It camje on with a bang in 1956, was full on from 1959 to 1963 and started to wane in 1964 as radio started to play more and more of the new English 'band' sounds.

To help things along the Australian Liberal government under Robert Menzies decided to present us with our first 'credit squeeze' and this saw attendances at shows and dances drop dramatically. There was no 'Dole' then, no 'Social Security' as such and unless one had a job there was no money to spend on entertainment. The teenagers of the late 50's and early 60's had also got a little older, got boyfriends and looked for different forms of entertainment. and

 

Who were they?

The 3 major consistent recording stars of the time 1959 to 1965 were Johnny O'Keefe, Col Joye and Lonnie Lee although many others had great successes.

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