100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966. ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’- The Animals. Another great one from The Animals- ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ was written by Bennie Benjamin, Horace Ott and Sol Marcus- for singer/songwriter and pianist Nina Simone. Simone was the first to record it in 1964. The Animals would record it and release it in 1965- The Animals lead singer Eric Burdon would say of the song- “It was never considered pop material, but it somehow got passed on to us and we fell in love with it immediately.” ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ has been a much covered song over the years- versions including a hit version by Santa Esmeralda, Elvis Costello and Joe Cocker- but the go to version and the most known version is The Animals version. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it at #322 in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list.
- Single: ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstand’- The Animals
- Record Company- MGM
- Genre: Blues Rock
- Written by Bennie Benjamin, Horace Ott and Sol Marcus
- Time: 2:28
- B-side:’ Club A Go-Go’
- Album- Animal Tracks
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #15 in US Billboard Hot 100. #3 in UK Singles Chart.