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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Animals 'House of the Rising Sun' Debuts, Causes Band Rift


It was the biggest chart hit ever by The Animals, a band from Newcastle, England who played R&B music, eventually hitting #1 on both the British and American pop charts. But the credits on the single brought longstanding strife to the band.
As a public domain folk blues song (i.e., never originally copyrighted), artists could take an arrangement credit when they recorded it and receive songwriter royalties. The group was told when they tracked “The House of the Rising Sun” in May 1964 in one take that they would all share that income for their version.
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