“The House Of The Rising Sun” The #1 Hit That Killed The Band

By Kellar Ellsworth
The song that destroyed a band. (amazon)

“The House Of The Rising Sun” dates back to at least the 18th century as an African American folk song. But it rose to prominence in 1964 thanks to the British rock band, the Animals. Its origins vacillate between being about a brothel or a women’s prison in New Orleans.

While the song’s provenance might not have been a happy one, The Animals used it to knock The Beatles off their string of #1 hits. The Animals' rendition of “The House Of The Rising Sun” also changed history, convincing Bob Dylan to go electric. As lead singer Eric Burdon said, "We were looking for a song that would grab people's attention" and boy, did they ever.