The Zombies

To kick off the summer season, American Routes is riding the airwaves to exotic destinations, swinging and surfing to all manner of beachside rhythms from the Beach Boys, Toots and the Maytals, Wilco, and the Kinks. We also stay home to bask in the sultry heat of "Summertime," composed by George Gershwin and novelist Dubose Heyward in 1934 for the opera Porgy and Bess. It's one of the most covered tunes in the American songbook with over thirty thousand renditions. We'll hear takes from Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Sam Cooke, and the Zombies.

This week on Ric on the Radio: Lesser-known British Invasion. Mention the British Invasion and the groups that first come to mind are The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, The Kinks, and maybe The Zombies, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, and Herman's Hermits. But what about The Honeycombs, The Hullabaloos, The Fourmost, or The Big Three? The Merseybeats, The Ivy League or The Liverbirds? Beyond the household names, the British Invasion consisted of dozens of other bands who never made it past their regional scenes, or had hits in England but never made the Atlantic crossing.