The Animals – House of the rising sun (Leaping Ahead #96)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #96: 160405

[A song from 1964]

This is a traditional folk song, sometimes called “Rising Sun Blues”. It tells of a life gone wrong in New Orlean with many versions also urging a sibling to avoid the same fate. The most successful commercial version, recorded in 1964 by the Animals, was a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart and also in the United States, Canada and Australia. The song has been described as the first folk-rock hit.


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