Personalities | The Animals | Sixties | Rock
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1962–66, 1975–76, 1983)
After million-selling ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ in 1964, Tyneside’s Eric Burdon (vocals), Hilton Valentine (guitar), Alan Price (keyboards), Chas Chandler (bass) and John Steel (drums) racked up further international smashes and, by 1965, music press popularity polls had them breathing down the necks of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Price then left to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Dave Rowberry from The Mike Cotton Sound. It was business as usual for The Animals until they disbanded after 1966’s ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ fell from the Top 20. Burdon was persuaded to front a New Animals, who racked up hits of a psychedelic tinge. The old line-up reassembled for periodic reunion concerts and for two albums – 1976’s Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted and, more notably, Ark in 1983, which they promoted – along with a re-released ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ – on a world tour.
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