The Beatles-led British invasion was a tide that lifted all rock-and-roll boats. In the mid-1960s, dozens of bands played throughout the Washington area. These business cards – collected by Bob Bayer, guitarist/manager of the Crescendos – illustrate the variety of music at the time.

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Scans of business cards of D.C.-area bands from the 1960s, compiled by Bob Bayer, guitarist in the Crescendos. (Courtesy of Bob Bayer)

Scans of business cards of D.C.-area bands from the 1960s, compiled by Bob Bayer, guitarist in the Crescendos. (Courtesy of Bob Bayer)