It was another British group that had the next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964. The House of the Rising Sun was an old folk song that had been floating around the Appalachian Mountains since at least the early 1900s. One recording from 1937 called it The Rising Sun Blues. In 1964 The Animals released their version of the song which became the most popular of any of the recordings of the song. The original Animals version was 4;20 but that was too long for US radio stations so a 2:58 version was released. The video at the bottom of this post is the longer version.
The House of the Rising Sun was the number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box record charts for the weeks of Sept. 30 – Oct. 19, 1964.
The Animals had only formed in 1963. The House of the Rising Sun was their first hit song and the only song that the group had to hit number one. Personnel changes caused the name of the group to change to Eric Burton and the Animals in 1966. They broke up officially in 1968 but later had reunions of the group for short periods.
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