Chuck Berry’s Key Role In ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’ Of Animals

There aren’t many songs in rock music that became timeless and known by listeners from every genre. However, this doesn’t mean some bands and musicians were fortunate enough to release their iconic songs once and make it to the unofficial list of the classic rock hits. One of those songs belongs to the Animals, an English rhythm-and-blues and rock band formed and raised to prominence in the middle of the British Invasion.

The Animals released ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ on June 19, 1964, and it would be fair to say that their version of this song is one of the most popular releases of all time. Like many other hits, this song also has a story to be told, related to another musician many rock listeners admire. The inspiration for ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ goes back to when the Animals toured with the Father of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry.

‘The House Of The Rising Sun’ Is The Animals’ Biggest Hit

Originally, ‘The House of the Rising Sun‘ is a traditional folk song telling the story of a person’s life in New Orleans. Since it’s a folk song, many musicians and bands recorded it and gained recognition over the years. Still, the Animals recorded the most successful commercial version in 1964.

Upon releasing the song, the Animals’ version of ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ became number one on the UK Singles Chart and in other countries such as US and Canada. The band recorded the song in just one take because they had preciously played it during live performances, which brings us to the original inspiration behind it.

Chuck Berry Indirectly Inspired The Animals

The Animals were on tour with one of the most celebrated musicians in rock music, Chuck Berry. During their concert tour with the rocker, the band wanted to distinguish themselves from other acts or bands. They planned to use a different song to capture the audience’s attention. 

As a result, the Animals had begun featuring their arrangement of ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ during their shows. The band decided to close their performances with their version of the song, which got an enormous reaction from the crowd. Upon seeing the fans’ enthusiasm, the Animals convinced their producer to record the track. Eventually, they got into the studio between tour stops and captured their all-time classic hit.