House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals

THIS DAY IN  MUSIC……………………………………….on September 5th of 1964 The Animals had their only number one hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 when “House of the Rising Sun” reached the top. To promote the group in the US, disc jockeys were sent boxes of animal crackers wrapped with special promotional material. The band would continue to turn out hits like “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”, “It’s My Life”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, “Monterey” and “San Franciscan Nights” before splitting up at the end of the decade. The melody for “House Of The Rising Sun” is a traditional English ballad, but the song became popular as an African-American folk song. It was recorded by Texas Alexander in the 1920s, then by a number of other artists including Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Josh White and later Nina Simone. It was her version The Animals first heard. No one can claim rights to the song, meaning it can be recorded and sold royalty-free. Many bands covered the song after it became a hit for The Animals. The band performed this song while touring England with Chuck Berry. It went over so well that they recorded it between stops on the tour. Bob Dylan recorded this on his first album. The Animals version was one of the first songs to put a rock rhythm to a rolk song, something Dylan did a lot soon after.This was the first song since 1962 by a British band to hit #1 in America that was not written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Alan Price, who formed the band, was the only band member given credit for arranging the track, meaning he is paid almost all the royalties. Their record company told the other members that there was not enough room to list them as arrangers.The organ solo was inspired by jazzman Jimmy Smith’s hit “Walk on the Wild Side.” Alan Price performed the solo on a Vox Continental. The song was a worldwide hit and also reached #1 in the UK.