100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966. ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’- The Animals.
Time for another song from the gritty rock band from Newcastle-upon Tyne, England- The Animals. Formed by keyboardist Alan Price- and featuring the great Eric Burdon on vocals- The Animals had 14 Top 40 hits- starting with their first a #1 in 1964- ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’-to ‘Sky Pilot’ #14 in the summer of 1964. A great four year stretch. I was surprised to find that their hits were all covers- including this one from the great New York City husband-wife team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King. They certainly took a song though and put their own stamp on it. ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ was produced by Tom Wilson- who produced a number of great records over the years by Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, The Mothers Of Invention, Velvet Underground, The Clancy Brothers and others.
Single: ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’- The Animals/ Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King/ Record Company- MGM/ Time: 3:13/ Produced by Tom Wilson/ Recorded April 13, 1966/ Released on May 21, 1966 in UK, May 17, 1966 in US/ Peaked at #12 in US Billboard Hot 100, #6 in UK Singles Chart.