Monday, September 10, 2012

The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals

This week is covers week at The Lost Soul of Rock and Roll, so I am selecting some well-known and some not-so-well-known covers for you to enjoy. The song of the day for September 10, 2012 is 'The House of the Rising Sun' by The Animals.

The British Invasion gave us some memorable music, and sadly it gave us a bunch of garbage. The Animals cover of 'The House of the Rising Sun', which was released in 1964, is truly one of the most memorable hits from the British Invasion. This haunting and soulful rendition features the howling vocals of Eric Burdon, which places this song among the best rock and roll hits of all time. For those of you seeking some Monday morning trivia, then please note that the bass player, Chas Chandler, would later gain additional fame as the manager of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Slade. 

What is interesting about 'The House of the Rising Sun' is that this traditional ballad remains a mystery to music historians. The author is unknown, but Alan Lomax, a folk curator for the Library of Congress, first heard this song in Kentucky in the late 1930s when he met a man named Tilman Cadle. The song would later be covered by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan. Enjoy.

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