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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Beat Music, also known as Merseybeat (for bands from Liverpool), Brumbeat (for bands from Birmingham) etc., is a pop music genre that evolved in the UK in the early 1960s. Beat groups characteristically had simple guitar-dominated line-ups, with vocal harmonies and catchy tunes. Beat music has little to do with the Beat generation literary movement of the 1950s, and more to do with driving rhythms, which the bands had adopted from their R&B/soul influences.

In 1964, a British Invasion of acts led by The Beatles swept across the Atlantic Ocean and stormed the charts in North America, but most acts did not progress into the later Psychedelic era or 'rock' decade of the 1970s.



Nederbeat (also: Nederbiet) is Netherland's answer to the early 1960s Beat groups led by the Beatles.

Also the emergence of pirate station Radio Veronica stimulated the Dutch music community to produce truckloads of 'Nederbeat'. By far The Hague was the country's beat capital, along with neighbouring coastal town Scheveningen. The clubs on its boulevard, from where Veronica's pirate ship was constantly visible, proved instrumental as a breeding place for Dutch talent.



From the English pop-refrain words "yeah-yeah",ye-yé was a French-coined term which Spanish language appropriated to refer to uptempo pop music. It mainly consisted of a fusion of American rock from the early 60s (such as 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 an imitation of French pop, at the time itself an imitation of American and British pop and rock. Dark passion and flamenco rhythms, however, made the sound distinctively Spanish. From this first generation of Spanish pop singers, Rosalia's 1965 hit "Flamenco" sounded most distinctively Spanish.

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 people 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 Brazilian bands in Brazil. They covered Japanese GS songs. There were called ye-ye-ye. -- [Mar 2006]

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