The traditional song "Rising Sun Blues / House Of The Rising Sun" covered by

Origin and early versions

"The House of the Rising Sun" is a traditional folk song, also sometimes called "Rising Sun Blues". Like many classic folk ballads, its authorship is uncertain. Musicologists say that it is based on the tradition of broadside ballads such as "The Unfortunate Rake" of the 18th century and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans setting. The song tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans. The most successful commercial version was recorded by the English rock group The Animals in 1964, which was a number one hit in the United Kingdom, United States, Sweden, Finland, and Canada. The oldest known existing recording, titled "Rising Sun Blues", is by Appalachian artists Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster, who recorded it for Vocalion Records in 1934. Ashley said he had learned it from his grandfather, Enoch Ashley. Another version of the song was recorded in 1936 by Homer Callahan titled "Rounder's Luck". In 1938, Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys, an "early-day friend and apprentice" of Ashley, learned it from him and later recorded it as "Rising Sun".
The song was among those collected by folklorist Alan Lomax, who, along with his father, was a curator of the Archive of American Folk Song for the Library of Congress. On an expedition with his wife to eastern Kentucky, Lomax set up his recording equipment in Middlesborough, Kentucky, in the house of a singer and activist named Tilman Cadle. In 1937 he recorded a performance by Georgia Turner, the 16-year-old daughter of a local miner. He called it The Rising Sun Blues. Lomax later recorded a different version sung by Bert Martin and a third sung by Daw Henson, both eastern Kentucky singers. In 1941, the Almanac Singers (Millard Lampell, Lee Hays, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie), recorded a version in their album of traditional folk songs, "Sod-Buster Ballads", produced by Alan Lomax on General.
In 1942, Libby Holman with Josh White recorded a version in their album "Blues Till Dawn". In the same year, Josh White recorded his own version for his album "Strange Fruit". He is credited with having written new words and music that have subsequently been popularized in the versions made by many other later artists. Lead Belly recorded two versions of the song in February 1944 and in October 1948, called "In New Orleans" and "The House of the Rising Sun" respectively; the latter was recorded in sessions that later became the album Lead Belly's Last Sessions (1994, Smithsonian Folkways). Also Esco Hankins recorded a version and released it as a single on the King lable in 1947.
In 1957 Glenn Yarbrough recorded the song for Elektra Records. The song is also credited to Ronnie Gilbert on one of The Weavers albums released in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Pete Seeger released a version on Folkways Records in 1958, which was re-released by Smithsonian Folkways in 2009. Frankie Laine recorded the song then titled "New Orleans" on his 1959 album Balladeer. Actor and comedian Andy Griffith recorded the song on his 1959 album "Andy Griffith Shouts The Blues And Old Timey Songs". Joan Baez recorded it in 1960 on her debut album; she frequently performed the song in concert throughout her career. In 1960 Miriam Makeba recorded the song on her eponymous RCA album.
In late 1961, Bob Dylan recorded the song for his debut album, released in March 1962. That release had no songwriting credit, but the liner notes indicate that Dylan learned this version of the song from Dave Van Ronk. In an interview on the documentary No Direction Home, Van Ronk said that he was intending to record the song, and that Dylan copied his version. He recorded it soon thereafter on "Just Dave Van Ronk". Nina Simone also recorded her first version on "Nina at the Village Gate" in 1962. -- Wikipedia

Early versions of the traditional song The Rising Sun Blues / House of the Rising Sun

The Animals 1964 version

An interview with Eric Burdon revealed that he first heard the song in a club in Newcastle, England, where it was sung by the Northumbrian folk singer Johnny Handle. The Animals were on tour with Chuck Berry and chose it because they wanted something distinctive to sing. This interview refutes assertions that the inspiration for their arrangement came from Bob Dylan. The band enjoyed a huge hit with the song, much to Dylan's chagrin when his version was referred to as a cover. The irony of this was not lost on Dave Van Ronk, who said the whole issue was a "tempest in a teapot" and that Dylan stopped playing the song after The Animals' hit because fans accused Dylan of plagiarism. Dylan has said he first heard The Animals' version on his car radio and "jumped out of his car seat" because he liked it so much.
The Animals' version transposes the narrative of the song from the point of view of a woman led into a life of degradation, whose father was now a gambler and drunkard, as opposed to the sweetheart in earlier versions. The Animals had begun featuring their arrangement of "House of the Rising Sun" during a joint concert tour with Chuck Berry, using it as their closing number to differentiate themselves from acts that always closed with straight rockers. It got a tremendous reaction from the audience. It was recorded between tour stops in a small recording studio on Kingsway in London in just one take on 18 May 1964. After reaching the top of the UK pop singles chart in July 1964, it topped the U.S. pop singles chart two months later in September, when it became the first British Invasion number one unconnected with The Beatles; it was the group's breakthrough hit in both countries and became their signature song. The song was also a hit in a number of other countries. -- Wikipedia

The Animals and later covers of the 1960s

* Lonnie Youngblood (bandleader, saxophone), Hermon Hitson (lead guitar), Jimi Hendrix (rythm guitar), Lee Moses (organ). Posthumously, this version was often credited to Hendrix.

Covers of the 1970s

Covers of the 1980s and later

All versions with details

  • Ashley and Foster were the first to record the song as "Rising Sun Blues" on their 1933 single.
  • Homer Callahan recorded it as "Rounder's Luck" on his 1936 single.
  • Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys recorded it as "The Rising Sun" on his 1938 single.
  • The Almanac Singers recorded it as "The House of the Rising Sun" on their 1941 3-platter set "Sod Buster Ballads".
  • Libby Holman (feat. Josh White) recorded it as "House of the Risin' Sun" on her 1942 3-platter set "Blues Till Dawn".
  • Joshua White recorded it as "House of the Rising Sun" on his 1942 3-platter set "Strange Fruit".
  • Leadbelly recorded it as "In New Orleans" on the B-side of his 1944 single "(Black Gal) Where Did You Sleep Last Night?"
  • Esco Hankins recorded it as "The Rising Sun" on his 1947 single.
  • Hally Wood covered it on his 1953 album "O Lovely Appearance of Death".
  • Glenn Yarbrough covered it on his 1957 album "Here We Go Baby!"
  • Pete Seeger covered it on his 1958 album "American Favorite Ballads - Volume Two".
  • Andy Griffith covered it on his 1959 album "Andy Griffith Shouts the Blues and Old Timey Songs".
  • The Weavers covered it on their 1959 album "Travelling On With The Weavers".
  • Frankie Laine covered it as "New Orleans" on his 1959 album "Balladeer".
  • Joan Baez covered it on her 1960 eponymous debut album.
  • Miriam Makeba covered it on her 1960 eponymous album.
  • Carolyn Hester covered it on her 1961 eponymous album.
  • Bob Dylan covered it on his 1962 eponymous debut album.
  • Tossi Aaron covered it on his 1962 album "Tossi Sings Folk Songs and Ballads".
  • Nina Simone covered it on her 1962 album "Nina at the Village Gate".
  • Odetta covered it on her 1962 album "Sometimes I Feel Like Cryin'".
  • Woody Guthrie covered it on his 1962 album "Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs".
  • Hoyt Axton covered it on his 1963 album "Thunder 'n Lightnin'".
  • Marie Laforêt covered it as B-side for her 1963 single "Blowin' in the Wind".
  • Hugh Masekelacovered it on his 1963 album "Trumpet Africaine - The New Beat from South Africa".
  • The Animals covered it on their 1964 single "The House of the Rising Sun".
  • The Typhoons covered it on their 1964 single "The House of the Rising Sun".
  • Dave Van Ronk covered it on his 1964 album "Just Dave Van Ronk".
  • Billy Strange covered it on his 1964 album "The James Bond Theme - Walk, Don't Run, '64".
  • Joe & Eddie covered it on their 1964 album "Tear Down The Walls".
  • Marianne Faithfull covered it as B-side for her 1964 single "Blowin' in the Wind" and on her 1965 debut album "Come My Way".
  • The Ventures covered it on their 1964 album "Walk, Don't Run Vol.2".
  • The Supremes covered it on their 1964 album "A Bit of Liverpool".
  • Jack Elliott covered it on his 1964 eponymous album.
  • "Miki" Jevremovic covered it in Croatian on his 1964 EP "Kuc'a Izlazec'eg Sunca" (The House Of The Rising Sun).
  • Johnny Hallyday covered it in French on his 1964 single "Le Pénitencier 'The House Of The Rising Sun'".
  • The Cousins covered it in French on their 1964 single "Le Pénitencier".
  • Helsinki group Lasse Mårtenson ja The Esquires covered it in Finnish on their 1964 single "Nousevan auringon talo".
  • Duane Eddy covered it on his 1965 single "The House of the Rising Sun".
  • The Brothers Four covered it on their 1965 album "The Honey Wind Blows".
  • The Barbarians covered it on their 1965 album "Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl".
  • The Gants covered it on their 1965 album "Road Runner".
  • Donald Byrd covered it on his 1965 album "Up With Donald Byrd".
  • Jaromír Mayer covered it in Czech on his 1965 single "Dum u vycházejícího slunce".
  • Luigi Chiocca covered it in Italian on his 1965 single "La Casa Del Sole".
  • Italian vocal group I Marcellos Ferial covered it on their 1965 single "La Casa Del Sole".
  • French singer Frida Boccara covered it in Spanish on her 1965 EP "Venecia Sin Ti / Estoy Perdida / La Casa Del Sol Naciente / A Mi Hija".
  • Spanish rock singer Bruno Lomas (con Los Rockeros) covered it in Spanish on his 1965 single "La Casa Del Sol Naciente".
  • Barcelona rock band Lone Star covered it in Spanish on their 1965 EP "La Casa Del Sol Naciente" (The House Of The Rising Sun).
  • Colombian rock band Los Speakers covered it in Spanish on their 1965 debut album "La Casa Del Sol Naciente". They earned a silver record (for sales of over 15,000 copies).
  • Uruguayan band Los Iracundos covered it in Spanish on their 1965 album "Con Palabras".
  • Argentinian singer Sandro (y Los De Fuego) covered it in Spanish in his 1965 album "Al Calor De Sandro Y Los De Fuego".
  • Belgrade surf-rock band Iskre covered it in Serbian on their 1965 EP "Tequila".
  • Billy Lee Riley covered it on his 1966 album "Funk Harmonica!"
  • Australian band The Pleazers covered it on their 1966 album "Definitely Pleazers".
  • Brazilian band The Supersonics (alias of The Fevers) covered it on their 1966 album "Mandando Brasa!"
  • The Uniques covered it on their 1966 album "Uniquely Yours".
  • Tino & The Revlons covered it on their 1966 album "By Request at the Sway-Zee".
  • Das Klaus Weiss Trio covered it on their 1966 album "Greensleeves ".
  • Jimi Hendrix, before formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience, had played rhythm guitar for Lonnie Youngblood on a 1966 cover. Posthumously this version was included in many compilations and was credited to him.
  • Tim Hardin covered it on his 1967 album "This Is Tim Hardin".
  • The Marketts covered it on their 1967 album "Sun Power".
  • Austrian singer-songwriter Udo Jürgens covered it on his 1967 album "Was ich dir sagen will".
  • The Everly Brothers covered it on their 1967 album "The Hit Sound of The Everly Brothers".
  • Henry Mancini covered it on his 1967 album "Mancini '67 - The Big Band Sound of Henry Mancini".
  • Herbie Mann covered it on his 1967 album "Glory of Love".
  • Trudy Pitts covered it on her 1967 album "These Blues of Mine".
  • Deena Webster covered it on her 1968 album "Deena Webster Is Tuesday's Child".
  • N. Maeda - J. Inagaki and The All Stars covered it on their 1968 album "This Is Jazz-Rock".
  • Catherine McKinnon covere it as "The Rising Sun" on her 1968 album "Both Sides Now".
  • Canadian psychedelic/prog rock band David covered it on their 1969 eponymous album.
  • Nat Stuckey covered it on his 1969 album "Keep 'em Country".
  • Conway Twitty covered it on his 1970 album "To See My Angel Cry - That's When She Started To Stop Loving You".
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  • The Flower Travellin' Band covered it on their 1970 album "Anywhere".
  • Frijid Pink covered it on their 1970 single "The House of the Rising Sun".
  • Mike Auldridge covered it on his 1970 album "Dobro".
  • The Chambers Brothers covered it on their 1970 album "Feelin' The Blues".
  • Japanese flute/jazz musician Minoru Muraoka covered it on his 1970 album "Bamboo".
  • Roberto Delgado and His Orchestra covered it in 1970. His version is included in the compilation "Ray King / Malekowa Guitars / Roberto Delgado - Hawaii Tattoo".
  • Cambodian singer-songwriter Sinn Sisamouth covered it in Khmer (and new verses) as "I'm Still Waiting For You" in 1970. His version is included in the 2003 compilation "Cambodian Rocks Volume 1".
  • Japanese female jazz and blues singer-songwriter Asakawa Maki covered it in Japaneese on her 1971 album "Maki II".
  • Delroy Wilson covered it as "A Place Called Africa" aka "Adisababa" in 1974 (aprox).
  • Geordie covered it on their 1974 album "Don't Be Fooled by the Name".
  • Joy Fleming covered it on her 1974 album "Live".
  • Jody Miller covered it on her 1974 album "House of the Rising Sun".
  • Idris Muhammad covered it on his 1975 album "House of the Rising Sun".
  • Leslie West covered it on his 1975 album "The Great Fatsby".
  • Gracie Rivera covered it on her 1977 album "Gracie Rivera ".
  • The Beatles recorded a weird cover in 1975. It is included on the bootleg "Black Album".
  • Japanese idol group Candies covered it in 1975.
  • James Last covered it on his 1976 album "Happy Summer Night".
  • Swedish gospel singer Cyndee Peters covered it on her 1977 album "Black Is The Color".
  • Gracie Rivera covered it on her 1977 eponymous album.
  • South-african disco assemblage HOT R.S. covered it on their 1977 album "House Of The Rising Sun".
  • Disco group Revelacion covered it on his 1977 album "The House Of The Rising Sun".
  • U.S./French disco group Santa Esmeralda covered it on their 1977 album "House Of The Rising Sun".
  • Toby Moog and Cº covered it on his 1977 single "The House Of The Rising Sun".
  • French disco group The Black Baron covered it on their 1978 single "House Of The Rising Sun".
  • Fausto Papetti covered it on his 1978 album "26a Raccolta".
  • The Hiltonaires covered it on their 1978 album "Hits For Young People 15".
  • Swedish pianist and singer Janne Lucas covered it on his 1978 album "Born to Rock".
  • Leroy Van Dyke covered it on his 1978 album "Rock Relics".
  • Mexican blues guitar legend Javier Bátiz covered it in Spanish on his 1978 album "Ella Fue - She Was The One".
  • Monte-Cristo covered it on his 1978 maxi "The House Of The Rising Sun".
  • Finnish singer "Vicky" Rosti covered it as "Nousevan auringon talo" on her 1978 album "Tee mulle niin".
  • Finnish singer Tapani Kansa covered it as "Nousevan auringon talo" on his 1978 album "Rokkivaari Hotanen".
  • Pete Corum covered it on his 1979 album "The House Of The Rising Sun".
  • Dolly Parton covered it on her 1980 album "9 to 5 and Odd Jobs".
  • Alan Price covered it on his 1980 album "Rising Sun".
  • Iris Rautio covered it in Finnish on the 1980 compilation "60-luvun suosikki-iskelmät n:o 3".
  • British punk rock band Pork Dukes covered it on their 1981 album "Pig Out of Hell".
  • Peter Hofmann covered it on his 1982 album "Rock Classics".
  • Kai Bennett covered it on his 1982 album "Sound of Fantasy".
  • The Bobby Fuller Four covered it on their 1984 album "Live Again".
  • Buster Poindexter covered it on his 1987 eponymous album.
  • The Adolescents covered it on their 1987 album "Brats in Battalions".
  • The Dirty Scums released an adaptaion of the song by Dirty Pik as "The House of the Dirty Scums" on their 1987 album "Full Speed Ahead!"
  • Mexican singer-songwriter Alejandra Guzmán covered it in Spanish as "La Casa Del Sol Naciente" on her 1989 album "Dame Tu Amor".
  • Tracy Chapman covered it for the 1990 compilation "Rubaiyat - Elektra's 40th Anniversary"
  • Ricky King covered it on his 1990 compilation "Hitbox - 16 Superhits mit Ricky King".
  • Samurai & Hardbartle covered it on their 1990 album "SynTronic MegaHits".
  • Andy Lee Lang covered it on their 1991 album "Rockin' Piano Man".
  • Harvey Reid covered it as "Rising Sun Blues" on his 1991 "Steel Drivin' Man".
  • Gregory Isaacs covered it on his 1992 single "House Of The Rising Sun".
  • Theodis Ealey covered it on his 1993 album "If You Leave Me, I'm Going Wit' Cha".
  • Päivi Mäkinen & Mökö covered it in Finnish in their 1993 album "Rakkaudesta elämään".
  • Sinéad O'Connor covered it on her 1994 single "Fire on Babylon".
  • Don McMinn covered it on his 1994 album "Painkiller Blues".
  • Lesley Schatz covered it as "Rising Sun Blues" on her 1994 album "Brave Wolfe".
  • Peter, Paul and Mary released an adaptaion of the song by Mary Travers on their 1995 album "LifeLines".
  • Piccadilly Six + One covered it on their 1995 album "The Pearls".
  • Spike an' Darrell covered it as "Rising Sun" on their 1995 album "Take Out Some Insurance"
  • Volker Rosin und die Lolly Pops covered it in German as "Pedro" on their 1995 "Oldies für Kinder".
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive covered it on their 1996 album "Trial by Fire - Latest & Greatest".
  • Gary Glitter covered it on his 1996 single "House Of The Rising Sun".
  • Paul & Margie covered it on their 1996 album "20 Best Folksongs of America, Vol.2".
  • The Walkabouts covered it on their 1996 album "Death Valley Days - Lost Song and Rarities, 1985 to 1995".
  • Dusk & Down covered it in 1997.
  • Kenny Bee covered it on his 1997 album "Why Worry".
  • The Eric Burdon Brian Auger Band covered it on their 1998 album "Access All Areas Live".
  • Northern Irish guitarist Henry McCullough covered it on the B-side of his 1998 single "Failed Christian".
  • Sentenced covered it on their 1998 album "Frozen [Gold Edition]".
  • Doc and Richard Watson covered it on their 1999 album "Third Generation Blues".
  • German gothic metal band EverEve covered it on their 1999 album "Regret".
  • Don Angle covered it on his 1999 album "Harpsichord Magic".
  • Snakefarm covered it as "Rising Sun" on their 1999 album "Songs From My Funeral".
  • Toshio Masuda covered it in 1999.
  • Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Tony Rice covered it on their 2000 album "The Pizza Tapes".
  • Carol Kidd covered it on her 2000 album "Auld Lang Syne".
  • 386 DX covered it on their 2000 album "The Best Of".
  • The Mystic Eyes covered it on their 2001 album "Flashback".
  • Monsieur Jeffrey Evans covered it on his 2001 album "I've Lived a Rich Life".
  • Jimmy Nail covered it on his 2001 album "Ten Great Songs and an OK Voice".
  • Noel Freidline Quintet covered it on their 2002 album "Four Nights at the Slammer".
  • Muse covered it on their 2002 compilation "1Love".
  • Toto covered it on their 2002 album "Through the Looking Glass".
  • John Hasbrouck covered it on his 2002 album "Ice Cream".
  • Sarah Brooks with Joe Beck covered it on their 2002 album "What Is My Heart For".
  • John Otway covered it on his 2002 single "Bunsen Burner".
  • Jet Set Six covered it on the 2003 compilation "Swing-a-Billy Chartbusters".
  • Rock Nalle, Jørgen Krabbenhøft, Peter Belli, Sir Henry covered it on their 2003 album "The Hithouse Reunion, Vol.1 - The Grey Gold Strikes Back".
  • Helmut Lotti covered it on his 2003 album "Pop Classics in Symphony".
  • The Be Good Tanyas covered it on their 2003 album "Chinatown".
  • Rock Nalle & The Yankees covered it on their 2004 album "79 Minutes Before Midnight Hour - Rock Nalle & The Yankees Live i Haarby Kro 1965".
  • Antoine Rocks covered it on his 2005 album "Slight Return".
  • Declan covered it on his 2006 album "Thank You".
  • British Rock'n'Roll musician Johnny Angel covered it on his 2006 album "Teddy Boy Rockin'".
  • Kim Nalley covered it on her 2006 album "She Put a Spell on Me - Kim Nalley Sings Nina Simone".
  • The Bobby Young Project covered it on its 2007 album "Blues with a Twist".
  • British operatic and pop tenor Russell Watson covered it on his 2008 album "People Get Ready".
  • Roman covered it on his 2008 album "Any Place But Home".
  • Italian pop band Pooh covered it as "La casa del sole" on their 2008 album "Beat Regeneration".
  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band covered it on its 2009 album "Bootleg Archives Volumes 1-5".
  • Leo Giannetto's Jazz Project covered it on its 2009 album "Pop Jazz Performances".
  • Sandi Thom covered it on her 2010 digital release "House of the Rising Sun".
  • Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town covered it on the 2010 compilation "The Sing-Off - Season 2, Episode 4 - Superstar Medley & Judges' Choice".
  • Dick Annegarn covered it on 2011 album "Folk Talk".
  • Guy Davis covered it on 2011 compilation "A Nod to Bob 2 - An Artists' Tribute to Bob Dylan on His 70th Birthday".
  • Psycliq covered it on their 2011 digital release "House of the Rising Sun".
  • The Gaslight Anthem covered it on their 2011 EP "iTunes Session".
  • Smoke Sellers covered it on ther 2011 digital release "Covers".
  • Lââm covered it in French on her 2011 album "Au cœur des hommes".
  • Stagbriar covered it on their 2012 digital release "The Holt Sessions".
  • Lauren O'Connell covered it on her 2012 digital release "Covers".
  • Robert Lunn covered it on his 2012 album "Northern Lights".
  • Bobby Bare covered it as "The Rising Sun Blues" on his 2012 album "Darker Than Light".
  • The Lonesome Ones covered it on their 2013 album "Far From Here".
  • Stéphan Rizon covered it live on French TV show.

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