500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Animals, 'The House of the Rising Sun'
Writer: Alan Price
Producer: Mickie Most
Released: July '64, MGM
11 weeks; No. 1
"We were looking for a song that would grab people's attention," said Animals singer Eric Burdon. They found it with the old U.S. folk ballad "The House of the Rising Sun." In 1962, Bob Dylan had sung this grim tale of a Southern girl trapped in a New Orleans whorehouse. The Animals, from the English coal town of Newcastle, changed the gender in the lyrics, and keyboardist Price created the new arrangement (and grabbed a composer's credit). Price also added an organ solo inspired by Jimmy Smith's hit "Walk on the Wild Side."
Appears on: The Best of the Animals (ABKCO)