|Eric Burdon, former lead singer of The Animals, in 2013 (Photo courtesy of ABKCO Records)|
Some time in the summer of 1964, I came home from a friend’s house to hear strange music coming from the living room. My mother and my brother were together by the stereo, playing a 45. Organ music dominated and then a powerful voice began to sing: “There is… a house... in New Orleen... they cawwlllll the Rising Sun.. n’it’s bin the ruin of many a poor boy… an’ God… I know… I’m one…” I had never heard this song before. My brother said, “Oh, Dave’s home!” My Mom tried to cover it up but finally had to say, “It’s a new record from England. I got it for your birthday but now that you’ve heard it you might as well have it.” It was my first introduction to the music of Eric Burdon, lead singer of The Animals. The second time I heard them was when I turned the record over and played an even better song, “Talkin’ ‘bout You”. That one’s a killer!