It’s My Life – The Animals

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………on June 18th of 1965 The Animals record “It’s My Life” for their upcoming LP “The Best Of The Animals”. The song was written by Carl D’Errico (music), and Roger Atkins (lyrics) specifically for The Animals. The duo were at the time working for Screen Gems Music, part of the the New York City music scene that included the Brill Building. “We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place” (Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil) and “Don’t Bring Me Down” (Gerry Goffin and Carole King) were also hits for the Animals, which originated from the Brill Building songwriting scene. The song’s co-writer Carl D’Errico said: “‘It’s My Life” came about when Mickie Most, the producer of The Animals, said he was looking for songs for the group. The writers got busy writing and then handed in their acetates and there was a tall stack of them waiting for Mickie when he came in from London. Three of the songs in that stack were ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place,’ ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ and ‘It’s My Life.’ Actually, the melody for ‘It’s My Life’ was the second one that I wrote for it. When I played the first one for Emil, he said that it didn’t have enough punch and it was the wrong groove, so I rewrote it. After the rewrite everyone knew it was a hit. Some of the writers would play their songs for one another to get feedback – we used these small rooms with pianos in them, so people would hop around and check out what was happening next door.” Animals lead singer Eric Burdon said he “detested” this song and didn’t want to sing it (producer Mickie Most pushed it through). The Animals recorded this when they were touring America in 1965. The song was a minor hit in the US reaching #23 but was a Top 10 single in the UK peaking at #7.