Imagine you are an established artist or a new band in the 1960's. You've been invited to be an opening act on one of the Beatles' U.S. tours. Do you take the job?
Here is a list of acts that opened for the Beatles in the U.S., 1964-1966.
The Bill Black Combo
The Righteous Brothers
The King Curtis Band
Cannibal and The Headhunters
What happened to these acts?
The Righteous Brothers, Tommy Roe, and Jackie DeShannon seem to be the only acts who had hits after their tours with the Beatles. But all three were already established acts.
The Chiffons and the Ronettes faded away. The Cyrkle were a two-hit wonder before their tour and remained so afterwards. Bobby Hebb was a one-hit wonder. What about the rest?
Was it a bad career move to tour with the Beatles?