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Sunday, 3 May 2009

The Animals - House Of The Rising Sun...



La Wiki whispers softly to Fhina, for it is Sunday, and La Wiki is sadly hungover from her shenanigans yesterday, celebrating her part in Fhina's demise... and she made Fhina duly correct the error she had made yesterday - Thinking that Stevie Winwood had had anything to do with Vinegar Joe - So thank you to my bloggy encyclopedia chums for putting me right on that one, my lovelies...

It also serves Fhina right, for having dared to try to blog after a trip out to the pub with GJ! In vino veritas, they say... I think not! So now you know how mishtaken Fhina can be when she only relies upon her winey, patchy memory, rather than La Wiki!

Doh!

So, taking no prisoners, La Wiki has once again furnished me with this solution to the questions I put to her about this record...

The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun Pictures, Images and Photos

"The House of the Rising Sun" is a folk song from America. Also called "House of the Rising Sun" or occasionally "Rising Sun Blues", it tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans. Depending on the version, the song may be sung from the perspective of a woman or a man.

The most successful version was recorded by the English rock group, The Animals in 1964, which was a number one hit in the United Kingdom, United States, Sweden, and Canada.

The Animals - The Animals (US) / House of the Rising Sun Pictures, Images and Photos

The oldest known existing recording is by versatile Appalachian artists Clarence "Tom" Ashley, and Gwen Foster and was made in 1933. Ashley said he had learned it from his grandfather, Enoch Ashley. The Callahan Brothers recorded the song in 1934.

The song might have been lost to obscurity had it not been collected by folklorist Alan Lomax.

Lomax and his father were curators of the Archive of American Folk Song for the Library of Congress from 1932. They searched the country for songs. On an expedition with his wife to eastern Kentucky Lomax set up his recording equipment in the house of a singer and activist called Tilman Cadle. On 15 Sept 1937 he recorded a performance by Georgia Turner, the 16 year-old daughter of a local miner.

He called it The Risin' Sun Blues. Lomax later recorded a different version sung by Bert Martin and a third sung by Daw Henson, both eastern Kentucky singers. Lomax, in his seminal 1941 songbook Our Singing Country, credited the lyrics to Turner, with reference to Martin's version. According to his later writing, the melody bears similarities to a traditional English ballad, Matty Groves".

Eric Burdon at the Fillmore Pictures, Images and Photos

So we hear from the pen of Alan Lomax again - What a man, what a legend, but how many know his name?

And yet he was responsible for recording and transcribing much of what we repeat and recognise as traditional folk music today... and without Alan Lomax, there would have been no The Animals' House of the Rising Sun. How tragic that would have been, non?!

When she moved into her childhood home, a council terrace in a mining town, Fhina's much-loved dad found the following record, a single, in the coal-shed of their home...

art deco Pictures, Images and Photos

Fhina took it up to her Art Deco wallpapered brown-and-cream boudoir, and played it on and on until her fingers burned, from lifting the needle on and off the seven inch piece of vinyl upon her little dansette player...

Transfixed and transformed, she never knew she would end up living in her little red-brick cottage, next door to an original member of The Animals, John Steel, drumming legend, who is still performing across Europe today...

He's a very private man, and much deserves to be after a lifetime spent helping to create such beauty, so we say hello in the street, and I watch him potter artfully in his garden, he kindly takes in parcels for me when I'm at work, and I bring him the odd bottle of Rioja to say thank you...

...And we never say a word about his past and his great talent...and the legends that are The Animals...



rainbow Animals Pictures, Images and Photos

18 comments:

ladyfi said...

I love both those Animals recordings of Rising Sun and We've got to get out ...

Thanks! And rest quietly so that you can get rid of your hangover...

I'll tiptoe away now very quietly...

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

sshhhh...very quietly.....play some early Colin Blunstone to keep your from aching more...tryoied to catch him recently with rod argent, but they cancelled and refunded me, duh!

I admit only to listneing to Radio when the kids are in the car...I'm a radio 2 and johnnie walker listener, radio 4 and classic listener....

fimngers crossed for me winning the hallyday tickets tonight!!! Larry may come with me...dunno yet!! win the tickets first.
take care, feet up and a cuppa...
art deco wllpaper I'm green with envy...I would walk through broken glass in barefeet to have a deco boudoir...

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

btw.. wiki is great but only as good as the person putting in the info... the info comes fro the great public at large...

kapgaf said...

Un bonjour chuchoté pour toi, chère FSI,

The Animals, oh dear, they look so young now but way back when they looked so wild, so dangerous, such Animals ! And theirs will always be the best version for me.

Bises tout plein

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Darling Fhina........as always, I find a smile when I visit your blog my lovely.
Prince and I love The Animals and guess what? There is a summer concert series here at a place called "The Frank" where Prince and I go each summer. In June they are having a Hippie Fest. There is one of the original memebers from The Animals who has a touring group and will be there along with The Turtles, Paul Revere and The Raiders and a few others.
Now that promises a good time no?
Won't you skip over the pond and join Prince and I. We dance in the aisles sometimes :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

blognut said...

Good morning, Fhina! I can't believe you are hungover today. You know I'm not snickering over here, right? I would never get a little chuckle out of your self-induced yucky feeling. I wouldn't laugh if you stubbed your toe, either. I wouldn't! Sadly, I missed whatever mishtaken post you put up yesterday.

I love that you live next door to the Animals' drummer, and you respect that he doesn't want to be treated any differently than any other neighbor. You are so right to give him that space. I never really knew their music until after I was an adult, by I like it just the same.

Get some peace and quiet today, Lady Fhina!

Love to you,
Bloggus

Derrick said...

Hurray Fhina,

I've heard of The Animals and BOTH of these songs! Things are lookin' up!

BTW, I don't believe that you are hung over. La Wiki maybe, but you nah! Happy Sunday.

shabby girl said...

Yes, they look like mere babes in the picture. That particular song will whisk me back to my youth in the first few notes every time!
Had we been thinking (!) back in the day, we should have carefully collected all those Fillmore posters!
As for your wincing head this morning...hair of the dog? :)

lakeviewer said...

you never fail to engage and entertain us. Now, we get a bit of musical history too.

Michelle said...

Dear, i love the last photo you posted!!

So freaking cool and goes good with my head injury!!!!


:O)

Cynthia said...

Fascinating and educational post.
Thank you! I love the album covers. Brings back many memories.
:^)

Diane said...

I thought your last name was Wiki... ;)

Hope your hangover is gone now! XO

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Who knew? Looking at that old picture of The Animals, I have to say they sure do look tame compared to what we're used to these days. I enjoyed learning that House of the Rising Sun was an American Folk song, and shared the info with my husband. (He plays the song on his guitar).

carma said...

I hope La Wiki doesn't let you down ever again ;-) and send Grizz this way with open beak. Mint Choc Chip is MB's absolute favorite flavor, so we'll be making it often!

Rob-bear said...

Wonderful story, Fhina. Must say that your last picture of the Animals is better than the first. Is that your art work?

And how kind of you to include a bear in the pic!

A Woman Of No Importance said...

ladyfi: Bless you for taking the time to listen, ladyfi! I am all hydrated now, thankyou! x

Fat, frumpy and fifty: Ahhh, Colin Blunstone, sa voix, cherie! I thought I had missed them, all tix sold out - Didn't realised that they'd cancelled...

We have the same radio musical tastes, then - Such a relief - Can't see how I ever listened to Radio 1 in my teens when I catch any of it these days... Mind you, my art deco 'style' wallpaper was nothing like original stuff, it was just brown and cream circles with blue roses - I did like it, though! I did get upset a little when my parentals moved into my bedroom and redecorated while I was at college ;) Good luck with the Johnny tix, hon'! xox

Fat, frumpy and fifty: I don't always rely wholly on Wiki for exactly the reasons you mentioned, Saz - but it is darned handy! x

kapgaf: 'Chuchoté', ah that's so beautiful, kapgaf... And The Animals, yes, they were really young, and I think if they'd come along later in time, they'd have managed to be as bit as the Rolling Stones, easily... They had really tough backgrounds from some of the most deprived areas of our region, compared to the Stones, so they deserved successes... I've seen Alan Price twice in concert way back when he toured, and we used to bump into Chas Chandler who was still checking out gigs across the NE with his wife when I was in my twenties... I never thought about those two memories, until I wrote this piece...x

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff: I am so pleased to have raised a smile on your pretty face! A Hippie Fest, with you and Prince dancing in the aisles sounds very much up my street, dahlink! Thank you so for the kind invite! xox

blognut: And a hangover is such a rare occurrence for moi these days, non! Hope you are enjoying a peaceful Monday and spending some time with yourself, darling Bloggus! xxooxx

Derrick: Ahhh, D, you see I was thinking of you when I moved us into the Sixties, non?! x

shabstress: Isn't it incredible that the experiences we have turn into museum and collectable memories later in time?! There's a Sixties/Seventies memory corner in a museum that we used to visit a lot when my son was little, and it gave us such a buzz to see so much Animals' materials there, but also many of the toys we'd had around that time too - Incroyable! x

lakeviewer: I've been on a bit of a musical kick this week, Rosaria - Hope it hasn't been too boring - I've decided to move on to English Eccentrics next - Fuelled by la Sandy, in fact... x

Michelle: Those animals are adorable aren't they, Michelle?! You take care with that head injury, you wild woman!!!! xxoooxx

Cynthia: I am pleased to have pricked some lovely memories, Cynthia - I hope you are looking after yourself! x

Diane: My middle name is Wiki, I think!

Hangover is wholly gone, thank you! ;) xxx

Elizabeth Bradley: I think they probably had their wild moments, in the various cities they toured in at that time, non?!

My husband plays guitar too, and used to endure me singing along to this tune in particular... He also had some Alan Lomax books when I met him and such an interest in early American folk music - He adored his parents' Joan Baez albums, par example... What a co-incidence! x

carma: Thank you, bounce-juggling Carma! I am sending the child over to you now - I hope you have made enough Mint Choc Chip, dahlink, his beak is very, very large, and always open! x

Rob-bear: The bear/barr is there just for you, dear Rob-bear! And, no, I am not so talented as to produce such wonderful art-work, my man! x

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