100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: ‘DON’T BRING ME DOWN’- THE ANIMALS

The Animals – Don't Bring Me Down (1966, Vinyl) - Discogs

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.

8 responses to “100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: ‘DON’T BRING ME DOWN’- THE ANIMALS

  1. Love that tune! It’s also quite intriguing The Animals ended up recording a song written by Jerry Goffin and Carole King.

    If I recall correctly what I previously read, at first, the band resisted doing the song. It was the third tune they did out of the Brill Building. Just like the other two (“It’s My Life” and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”), it became a hit single for them.

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