EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘House of the Rising Sun’ – The Animals

What was the number one song in the UK on 9th July 1964?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

British band, The Animals were number one for 1 week with The House of the Rising Sun.

Quoted as being the first folk rock ‘n’ roll hit, House of the Rising Sun is actually a cover of a traditional folk song. The Animals brought it into the 60s (although Bob Dylan did do a version in 1961) with jangling guitars and an almost chilling atmospheric organ throughout. Eric Burdon’s vocals rasp soulfully adding to the haunting style of the song. It’s a song that certainly made its mark in 1964 and added to the changing direction of British music.

Lyrics

There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I’m one
My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans
My father was a gamblin’ man
Down in New Orleans
Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and trunk
And the only time he’s satisfied
Is when he’s all drunk
Oh mother tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun
Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I’m goin’ back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain
Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I’m one

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