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Yé-yé music

Parent categories: pop music - European music - beat generation

Megatón Ye-Ye (1965) - Jesús Yagüe

Femmes De Paris V.1 (2002) - Various Artists [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


Yé-yé is a style of pop music, popular in France in the 1960s. It generally consisted of young women singing pop songs influenced by The Beatles (She loves you Yeah Yeah Yeah) and American girl groups. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C3%A9-y%C3%A9 [Mar 2006]

French 1960s rock music

In the yé-yé period of the 1960s, the groups were satisified with simply singing, without any great imagination or adaption and without offending a very conservative public, the songs of sucessful American and British artists. At this time, when English speakers spoke of French rock, it was Johnny Hallyday they spoke of. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_rock [Mar 2006]

She Loves You Yeah Yeah Yeah (1963) - Beatles

She Loves You Yeah Yeah Yeah (1963) - Beatles

Ye-Yé in Spain

Ye-Yé was a French term which the Spanish appropriated to refer to uptempo pop music that was a fusion of American rock from the early 60s (such as the twist) and British beat music. Concha Velasco, a singer and movie star, launched the scene with her 1965 hit "La Chica Ye-Yé", though there had been hits earlier by female singers like Karina (1963). The earliest stars were in imitation of French pop, at the time itself an imitation of American and British pop and rock. Dark passion and Gitano rhythms, however, made the sound distinctively Spanish. Of the first generation of Spanish pop singers, Rosalia's 1965 hit "Flamenco" sounded most distinctively Spanish. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Spain#Ye-Y.C3.A9 [Mar 2006]

Beat music

Beat Music Pop music that evolved in the UK in the early 1960s, known in its purest form as Mersey beat, and as British Invasion in the USA. The beat groups characteristically had a simple, guitar-dominated line-up, vocal harmonies, and catchy tunes. They included the Beatles (1960–70), the Hollies (1962–?), and the Zombies (1962–67).

The Beat wave of music in the 60s is largely credited to acts from England and the UK. 'Beat' was nothing to do with it's literary counterpart of the 1960s and more to do with the driving rhythms which the bands had adopted from their R&B/Soul influences.

In the mid-1960s the UK was the dominant force in music, especially in the USA. A 'British Invasion' of acts led by The Beatles swept across the Atlantic and stormed the charts in America. To the UK audiences bands such as The Searchers or Gerry & The Pacemakers were Merseybeat. While Mod was the name for more adrenalin fuelled acts like The Action or The Who. The influences all these bands felt came from the power of the blues mixed with a more soulful, rhythmic slant. The British 60s Beat era did produce some worldwide successes but many of the acts didn't progress into the later Psychedelic era or more 'rock' decade of the 70s. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_music [Mar 2006]

Beat, Ye-ye, Nederbeat, Pigtrad, Groups Sounds
In some country the people called them as special word like in Japan people called it as Group Sounds (GS) in Denmark peple called it as Pigtrad musik,in Dutch they called Nederbeat, 'Neder'from Nederland (the Netherlands) and 'beat' from beat-music of course. In France, and in French speaking Canada (mostly Montreal, some Ontario) the 60's beat music was called ye-ye. This, especially in Canada is what the music sung in the French language was refered to.

There were lots of Japanese Blazilian bands in Brazil. They covered Japanese GS songs. There were called ye-ye-ye. --http://60spunk.m78.com/wanted.htm [Mar 2006]

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