It tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans ; many versions also urge a sibling or parents and children to avoid the same fate. Like many classic folk ballads, "The House of the Rising Sun" is of uncertain authorship. Musicologists say that it is based on the tradition of broadside balladsand thematically it has some resemblance to the 16th-century ballad The Unfortunate Rake. The oldest known recording of the song, under the title "Rising Sun Blues", is by Appalachian artists Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Fosterwho recorded it on September 6, on the Vocalion label Roy Acuffan "early-day friend and apprentice" of Ashley's, learned it from him and recorded it as "Rising Sun" on November 3, The song was among those collected by folklorist Alan Lomaxwho, along with his father, was a curator of the Archive of American Folk Song for the Library of Congress.
On an expedition with his wife to eastern KentuckyLomax set up his recording equipment in Middlesboro, KentuckyHouse Of The Rising Sun - Davy Clinton - House Of The Rising Sun the house of the singer and activist Tilman Cadle. Inhe recorded a performance by Georgia Turnerthe year-old daughter of a local miner.
He called it The Rising Sun Blues. In his songbook Our Singing CountryLomax credits the lyrics to Intro (I Am Free) - Kierra Sheard - Free,  with reference to Martin's version.
InWoody Guthrie recorded a version. Keynote Records released one by Josh White in and Decca Records released one also in with music by White and the vocals performed by Libby Holman. White is also credited with having written new words and music that have subsequently been popularized in the versions made by many other later artists. White learned the song from a "white hillbilly singer", who might have been Ashley, in North Carolina in — InGlenn Yarbrough recorded the song House Of The Rising Sun - Davy Clinton - House Of The Rising Sun Elektra Records.
The song is also credited to Ronnie Gilbert on an album by The Weavers released in the late s or early s. Pete Seeger House Of The Rising Sun - Davy Clinton - House Of The Rising Sun a version on Folkways Records inwhich was re-released by Smithsonian Folkways in Joan Baez recorded it in on her self-titled debut album ; she frequently performed the song in concert throughout her career. Nina Simone recorded her first version for the live album Nina at the Village Gate in Tim Hardin sang it on This is Tim Hardinrecorded in but not released until In lateBob Dylan recorded the song for his debut albumreleased in March That release had no songwriting credit, but the liner notes indicate that Dylan learned this version of the song from Dave Van Ronk.
In an interview for the documentary No Direction HomeVan Ronk said that he was intending to record the song and that Dylan copied his version. I had learned it sometime in the s, from a recording by Hally Woodthe Texas singer and collector, who had got it from an Alan Lomax field recording by a Kentucky woman named Georgia Turner. I put a different spin on it by altering the chords and using a bass line that descended in half steps—a common enough progression in jazz, but unusual among folksingers.
By the early s, the song had become one of my signature pieces, and I could hardly get off the stage without doing it.
Then, one evening inI was sitting at my usual table in the back of the Kettle of Fish, and Dylan came slouching in. He had been Honey - Arrows Of Love - Everythings Fucked at the Columbia studios with John Hammonddoing his first album.
He was being very mysterioso about the whole thing, and nobody I knew had been to any of the sessions except Prelude And Fugue In A Minor, BWV 551 - Johann Sebastian Bach - Ivan Sokol - Organ Compositionshis lady. I pumped him for information, but he was vague. Everything was going fine and, "Hey, would it be okay for me to record your arrangement of 'House of the Rising Sun?
Can't it wait until your next album? I did not like the sound of that. An interview with Eric Burdon revealed that he first heard the song in a club in NewcastleEngland, where it was sung by the Northumbrian folk singer Johnny Handle. The Animals were on tour with Chuck Berry and chose it because they wanted something distinctive to sing. The Animals' version transposes the narrative of the song from the point of view of a woman led into a life of degradation to that of a man whose father was now a gambler and drunkard, rather than the sweetheart in earlier versions.
The Animals had begun featuring their arrangement of "House of the Rising Sun" during a joint concert tour with Chuck Berry, using it as their closing number to differentiate themselves from acts that always closed with straight rockers.
The song was recorded in just one take on May 18,  and it starts with a now-famous electric guitar A minor chord arpeggio by Hilton Valentine. Burdon later said, "We were looking for a song that would grab people's attention". As recorded, "House of the Rising Sun" ran four and a half minutes, regarded as far too long for House Of The Rising Sun - Davy Clinton - House Of The Rising Sun pop single at the time.
It only took 15 minutes to make so Dancing Bears (Phil Kieran Remix) - Dave Spoon - Toolroom Knights can't take much credit for the production".
The edited version was included on the group's US debut album The Animalswhile the full version was later included on their best-selling US greatest hits album, The Best of the Animals. Americans could also hear the complete version in Quest Foundation - Untitled movie Go Go Mania in the spring of Arranging credit went only to Alan Price.
According to Burdon, this was simply because there was insufficient room to name all five band members on the record label, and Alan Price's first name was first alphabetically. However, this meant that only Price received songwriter's royalties for the hit, a fact that has caused bitterness among the other band members ever since.
According to The Celebrities - Spearmint - The Boy And The Girl That Got Away SteelBob Dylan told him that when he first heard The Animals' Rockin With You - Malice - In The Beginning on his car radio, he stopped to listen, "jumped out of his car" and "banged on the bonnet", inspiring him to go electric.
The Animals' rendition of the song is recognized as one of the classics of British pop music. Writer Lester Bangs labeled it "a brilliant rearrangement" and "a new standard rendition of an old standard composition". In it received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
It has long since become a staple of oldies and classic rock radio formats. A Channel Five poll ranked it as Britain's fourth-favorite number one song. Inthe Detroit band Frijid Pink recorded a psychedelic version of "House of the Rising Sun", which became an international hit in According to Stevers, the Frijid Pink recording of "House of the Rising Sun" was done impromptu when there was time left over at a recording session booked for the group at the Tera Shirma Recording Studios.
Stevers later played snippets from that session's tracks for Paul Cannon, the music director of Detroit's premier rock radio station, WKNR ; the two knew each other, as Cannon was the father of Stevers's girlfriend. Stevers recalled, "we went through the whole thing and [and Cannon] didn't say much. Then 'House [of the Rising Sun]' started up and I immediately turned it off because it wasn't anything I really wanted him to hear".
However, Cannon was intrigued and had Stevers play the complete track for him, then advising Stevers, "Tell Parrot [Frijid Pink's label] to drop "God Gave Me You" [the group's current single] and go with this one". The certification of the Frijid Pink single "House of the Rising Sun" as a gold record for domestic sales of one million units was reported in the issue of Billboard dated May 30, The Frijid Pink single of "House of the Rising Sun" would give the song its most widespread international success, with top 10 status reached in Austria number threeBelgium Flemish region, number sixCanada number threeDenmark number threeGermany two weeks at number oneGreece, Ireland number sevenIsrael number fourthe Netherlands number threeNorway seven weeks at number onePoland number twoSweden number House Of The Rising Sun - Davy Clinton - House Of The Rising Sun Switzerland number twoand the UK number four.
The single also charted in Australia number 14France number 36and Italy number The song has twice been a hit record on Billboard ' s country chart. InJody Miller 's version reached number 29 on the country charts and number 41 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Here it was simply called "Rising Sun", and credited to Leo Mullerthe German businessman and label-owner. In SeptemberDolly Parton released a cover of the song as the third single from her album 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs.
Like Miller's earlier country hit, Parton's remake returns the song to its original lyric of being about a fallen woman. The Parton version makes it quite blunt, with a few new House Of The Rising Sun - Davy Clinton - House Of The Rising Sun lines that were written by Parton.
Parton's remake reached number 14 on the US country singles chart and crossed over to the pop charts, where it reached number 77 on the Billboard Hot ; it also reached number 30 on the US Adult Contemporary chart. Parton has occasionally performed the song live, including on her —88 television showin an episode taped in New Orleans. The references to New Orleans have been changed to Sin Citya reference to the negative effects of gambling in Las Vegas.
The song was a top ten hit on mainstream rock radio in the United States. It was also featured in the video game Guitar Hero Live.
The song was covered in French by Johnny Hallyday. He performed the song during his US tour. Colombian band Los Speakers covered the song under the title "La Casa del Sol Naciente", in their album of the same name.
British indie rock band Alt-J covered the song in their album Relaxer with an additional verse written by the band themselves. It was featured on Season 4 of Sons of Anarchy. Various places in New Orleans have been proposed as the inspiration for the song, with House Of The Rising Sun - Davy Clinton - House Of The Rising Sun plausibility.
The phrase "House of the Rising Sun" is often understood as a euphemism for a brothelbut it is not known whether the house described in the lyrics was an actual or a fictitious place.
One theory is that the song is about a woman who killed her father, an alcoholic gambler who had beaten his wife. Therefore, the House of the Rising Sun may be a jailhouse, from which one would be the first person to see the sunrise an idea supported by the lyric mentioning "a ball and chain ", though that phrase has been slang for marital relationships for at least as long as the song Word Of Mouth - Various - Clubhits 10 been in print.
Because women often sang the song, another theory is that the House of the Rising Sun was where prostitutes were detained while being treated for syphilis. Since cures with mercury were ineffective, going back was very unlikely. Only three candidates that use the name Rising Sun have historical evidence—from old city directories and newspapers.
The first was a small, short-lived hotel on Conti Street in the French Quarter in the s. It burned down in An excavation and document search in early found evidence that supported this claim, including an advertisement with language that may have euphemistically indicated prostitution.
Archaeologists found an unusually large number of pots of rouge and cosmetics at the site. The second possibility was a "Rising Sun Hall" listed in late 19th-century city directories on what is now Cherokee Street, at the riverfront in the uptown Carrollton neighborhoodwhich seems to have been a building owned and used for meetings of a Social Aid and Pleasure Club, commonly rented out for dances and functions. It also is no longer extant. Definite links to gambling or prostitution if any are undocumented for either of these buildings.
A third was "The Rising Sun", which advertised in several local newspapers in the s, located on what is now the lake side of the block of Decatur Street. At the time, New Orleans businesses listed as coffee houses often also sold alcoholic beverages. Dave Van Ronk claimed in his biography "The Mayor of MacDougal Street" that at one time when he was in New Orleans someone approached him with a number of old photos of the city from the turn of the century.
Among them "was a picture of a foreboding stone doorway with a carving on the lintel of a stylized rising sun It was the Orleans Parish women's prison". Bizarre New Orleansa guidebook on New Orleans, asserts that the real house was at Esplanade Avenue between and and was said to have been named after its madam, Marianne LeSoleil Levant, whose surname means "the rising sun" in French.
Louis St. The building still stands, and Eric Burdonafter visiting at the behest of the owner, said, "The house was talking to me".
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