Rock music has originated from many parts of the United Kingdom with bands being linked to certain cities. This has led to a certain type of regionalism being created with cities being famed for the music that was being produced. The success of a group can even lead to bringing a city world-wide recognition and there is no greater example than Liverpool with the emergence of the Beatles. Formed in 1960 the group were the most influential rock act of this era bridging the gap between 1950s rock and roll to the heavy rock that would emerged at the start of the 1970s.
The group themselves experimented with several different rock styles but throughout their relatively short career they sold records. Many groups time together spans over decades yet the Beatles were only together for 10 years. In this time they produced records that sold over 800 million copies world-wide. They are the greatest selling rock group of all time and their success brought great attention on Liverpool. With the success the band achieved other successful groups started to emerge from Merseyside such as Echo and the Bunnymen, the Lightening Seeds, Teardrop Explodes, and Frankie Goes to Holywood.
Liverpool rival city is Manchester and they have just been as productive in producing famous rock acts. The 1990s were the time when Oasis rose to prominence and the group all hailed from Manchester, with the Gallagher brothers Liam and Noel being famed for their musical influences and their sibling rivalry. In 1995 they released the album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” which is the fifth best-selling UK album of all time. They have sold over 70 million records world-wide and would have sold more if the brothers had put their differences behind them. This eventually led to the break-up of the band after a relatively short career together.
One of the most influential hands in British Rock music who also came from Manchester were the Smiths. Inspired by front man Morrisey the group may never have sold the records that other groups have, but they played a huge role in developing a post punk style. They were the first Indie style group to achieve commercial success without compromising their musical style. Manchester has unearthed many other top bands such as the Stone Roses, Joy Division and the Buzzcocks. The area is famed for the post punk and indie rock bands that have emerged, and the city has played an important part in the evolution of British Rock Music. If Indie has found its home in Manchester then heavy rock has a strong association with area around Birmingham. The city since the 1960s has seen the emergence of many bands and none have been bigger than Black Sabbath. The group were seen as completing the holy trinity of heavy rock with Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.
Formed in 1968 the group were led by front man Ozzy Osbourne who they later sacked in 1979 due to his drug and alcohol issues. The band has sold over 70 million records around the world, and in 2006 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also emerging from Birmingham were Judas Priest and in a career that sees them still playing today, they have sold over 50 million albums. They are seen as one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time and they have never been tempted to change their style in order to chase commercial success.
Not many rock groups produced as many best-selling singles than ELO. Also formed in Birmingham in 1970, the group were rock but they had a more commercial appeal as their songs were more attractive to the mass market. The songs were mainly written by Jeff Lyne who mixed rock with classical overtones which resulted in over 50 million records being sold. The band recorded two albums that reached the top of the British album charts and in 2017, despite many years of inactivity, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Birmingham has had a close relationship with rock music.