The Animals and San Franciscan Nights

Published April 23, 2019 by Sherry Carroll

Rick's Music Trivia


The Animals were an English band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle-upon-Tyne during the early part of the decade. The band moved to London on finding fame in 1964. The Animals were known for their gritty, bluesy sound and deep-voiced front man Eric Burdon, as exemplified by their signature song and transatlantic No.1 hit single, The House of the Rising Sun, as well as by hits such as We Gotta Get OuttaThis Place, It’s My Life, and Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood. The band balanced tough, rock-edged pop singles against rhythm and blues-oriented album material. They were known in the U S as part of the British Invasion.

The Animals underwent numerous personnel changes in the mid-1960s and suffered from poor business management. The much-changed act moved to California and achieved commercial success as a psychedelic and hard rock band with hits like San Franciscan Nights, When I Was Young…

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