…with their Beatles and their Stones (4): the House of the Rising Sun

And the. greatest record to come out of Newcastle…

RGS History

For all the glories of the Beatles, Stones and the Kinks in 1964, there is more than half an argument for saying that the greatest music of 1964 came from elsewhere. One candidate, perhaps the candidate, might be what is surely the greatest record ever to come out of Newcastle.

Part of what was going on in these years was not just the discovery of r’n’b, blues and soul, but was also the discovery of he American folk tradition. This song was an old American folk song, sometimes known as Rising Sun Blues. It had been recorded by many, such as the great Leadbelly.

When the young Bob Dylan first came to New York, he learned the song from a far more established folk artist Dave van Ronk. The story is well told here.

It was often thought The Animals got ghe song via Dyan’s eponymous debut album. In fact…

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