THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE of the RISING SUN

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There is a house in Gibsonton They call the Rising Sun
Old School Music Facts The House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals Album: The Animals      Released: 1964 US Chart:# 1     UK Chart: #1 This is about a brothel in New Orleans. "The House Of The Rising Sun" was named after Madame Marianne LeSoleil Levant (which means "Rising Sun" in French) and was open for business from 1862 (occupation by Union troops) until 1874, when it was closed due to complaints by neighbors. It was located at 826-830 St. Louis St.

The melody is a traditional Old School ballad, but the song became popular as an African-American Folk song. It was recorded by Texas Alexander in the 1920s, then by a number of other artists including Leadbelly, Middle School Bill, Woody Guthrie, Josh White and later Nina Simone. It was her version The Animals first heard.
And it's been the ruin of many a poor Florida boy
No one can claim rights to the song, meaning it can be recorded and sold royalty-free. Many bands recorded versions of this after it became a hit for The Animals. The single version is cut down, but still runs about 4:30, which was very long for any song on the radio at the time.

Bob Dylan recorded this on his first album. The Animals version was one of the first songs to put a Rock rhythm to a Folk song, something Dylan did a lot soon after. In the traditional Folk version, the main character is a prostitute. The Animals changed it to a gambler to make their version more radio-friendly.
The Animals performed this while touring England with Chuck Berry. It went over so well that they recorded it between stops on the tour.

This was the first song since 1962 by a British band to hit #1 in America that was not written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
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The Animals recorded this in 1 take, as they had perfected the song from years of performing it on the road. The Animals' drummer John Steel recalls  "We Played Liverpool on May 17 1964 and then drove to London where Mickie (Most) had booked a studio for ITV's Ready Steady Go! Because of the reaction we were getting to 'Rising Sun,' we asked to record it and he said, 'Okay we'll do it at the same session.' We set up for balance, played a few bars for the engineer - it was mono with no overdubs - and we only did one take. We listened to it and Mickie said, 'That's it, it's a single.' The engineer said it was too long, but instead of chopping out a bit, Mickie had the courage to say, 'We're in a microgroove world now, we will release it.' A few weeks later it was #1 all over the world.
My mother was a tailor She sewed my new bluejeans
When we knocked The Beatles off the top in America, they sent us a telegram which read, 'Congratulations from The Beatles'"  The producer Mickie Most recalls, "Everything was in the right place, the planets were in the right place, the stars were in the right place and the wind was blowing in the right direction. It only took 15 minutes to make so I can't take much credit for the production. It was just a case of capturing the atmosphere in the studio." This was the first #1 that was over 4 minutes long. 1964 as the war in Vietnam and US Congress Authorizes war against N Vietnam more American servicemen were dying, and after three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi the president signed the Civil Rights act of 1964 but this did not stop the violence as it continued to increase in many American Cities.
My father was a gamblin' man Down in Gibsonton
Lyndon Johnson was also returned to power after a landslide victory. This was also the year The Beatles took the world and America by storm and Beatlemania went into overdrive as they released a series of number one hits including "I want to hold your hand" , "All my Loving" . Other British groups also found success including The Rolling Stones and The Animals and together with the American Talent of The Supremes and Bob Dylan many say this was one of the greatest years for music in the last century. Also one young loud talented boxer by the name of Cassius Clay won the Boxing World heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston. Cost of Living 1964 How Much things cost in 1964
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.28%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 3.5%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 874
Average Cost of new house $13,050.00
Average Income per year $6,000.00
Gas per Gallon 30 cents
Average Cost of a new car $3,500.00
Loaf of bread 21 cents
United States Postage Stamp 5 cents
Average Monthly Rent $115.00
Ticket to the movies $1.25
sUrAbUyA says:
I once bought a 45 of this song in London

Thanks for all the interesting info and photos
Posted on: Nov 18, 2010
jennjeff1 says:
BTW: Great sunset shots!
Posted on: Mar 21, 2010
jennjeff1 says:
House of the Rising Sun is MY karaoke song to sing! I also know how to play it on guitar. I've even been to the building in New Orleans where the "House of the Rising Sun" brothel was located--it is now a real estate office. ;-)
Posted on: Mar 21, 2010
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