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Mon., April 22, 2013, 11:29 a.m.

Scrutinizing British Invasion terminology

A column item from a reader in today's Slice made reference to the Mersey Beat and then shortly thereafter alluded to Herman's Hermits.

A couple of readers leaving phone messages took exception.

They rightly contended that Mersey Beat refers to early Beatles era bands from Liverpool. So, for instance, that could include Gerry & The Pacemakers but not groups from elsewhere in England.

It's a fair point. Though I suspect the reader submitting that item was using "Mersey Beat" more casually than literally. She never actually said Herman's Hermits was an embodiment of that particular sound.

In any case, Herman's Hermits formed in Manchester and that's near where the Mersey River starts. So feel free to debate this further among yourselves. 

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