One of the earliest "British Invasion" bands to achieve massive success in America
The most authentic of the UK's first wave of R&B bands.
Helped kickstart the folk-rock boom with their cover of "House Of The Rising Sun"
Lead singer Eric Burdon is considered one of rock's all-time great voices.
Backed numerous American blues giants in the UK.
Amongst the most commercially successful Sixties bands to make the switch to psychedelic music.
Chas Chandler would go on to even greater fame as the man who discovered and managed Jimi Hendrix.
The Animals had 13 more Top-40 hits in the US, becoming one of the most successful British Invasion bands in The States. They split up in 1968 over various music and business issues. Burdon told us: "I don't think that The Animals got a chance to evolve.
We were the first to admit that we took Blues songs from American artists, but if the Animals had stuck together and worked together instead of worrying about who was getting all the money, we could have evolved more and come out with more music to be proud of."