Most people are aware of The Animals as the result of their hit, The House of the Rising Sun. A staple of guitar lessons everywhere, it has cemented their place in rock history. However, there’s much more to this Newcastle-born blues band than one song.
During the mid-60s, the band enjoyed a succession of hits, including I’m Crying, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, It’s My Life and Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood. Eric Burdon’s rasping vocals, combined with Chas Chandler’s blues-driven guitarwork made them a force to be reckoned with.
However, some poor management decisions saw them rebrand as Ric Burdon and The Animals and move to California. There, they left their blues roots behind them, to enjoy some success as a psychedelic rock band, before splitting up in 1970. In the meantime, Chas Chandler spotted an unknown guitarist playing and brought him to the UK: Jimi Hendrix.