100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: ‘IT’S MY LIFE’- THE ANIMALS

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100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: ‘It’s My Life’- The Animals. One of the great rock n’ roll declarations of independence- this song was written specifically for The Animals by two songwriters from the famous Brill Building writers in New York City- Roger Atkins and Carl D’Errico- it was the writers most successful song. The bass guitar of Chas Chander and electric 12 guitar of Hilton Valentine lead the way- and you have the distinctive organ of Dave Rowberry- which gave The Animals a different sound than other British Invasion acts. ‘It’s My Life’- one of my favorite Animals songs- I assumed it did better on the charts than it actually did- #23 in US and #7 in UK- I think it has fared better over the years than it did at the time.

Single: ‘It’s My Life’/ Written by Roger Atkins and Carl D’Errico/ Record Company- MGM/ Recorded September 10, 1965/ Time: 3:09/ Produced by Mickie Most/ Released October 22, 1965/ #23 in US Billboard Hot 100 and #7 in UK Singles Chart.

9 responses to “100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: ‘IT’S MY LIFE’- THE ANIMALS

  1. Love this tune – just great all around! The Animals had a cool sound and an outstanding lead vocalist with Eric Burdon.

    I find it interesting that some of their best songs were written by songwriters from the Brill Building. In addition to this gem, there was “Don’t Bring Me Down” (Carole King & Gerry Goffin) and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” (Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil).

    • I didn’t realize until I started digging into it a bit- what you are saying- about the Brill Building writers- and The Animals covering their songs.

  2. I first became aware of the Animals and this song on a Springsteen bootleg where he told a story about trying to break free of his small town and his parent’s expectations and then went into a killer version of this song. Went out and tracked down their other stuff. Great great song

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