~ John Steel ~
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“John Steel – The Animals Owner, original member, original drummer, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and all around one heck of a nice guy!”
This is “The Animals” Audio Exclusive Interview you have been waiting for. From the formation of their musical beginnings to how their careers skyrocketed into success. These guys were the foundations of different styles of playing that have been credited and used by multiple artist(s) and band(s) in various genres of music who have tried to repeat and create new what The Animals did. The Animals made — music history.
“John in his 70’s still has the energy of a 25 year old. Steel still tours today. When talking with him on the phone you will find a wonderful guy who is easy to work with as well as carry on a casual fun conversation. I got Music Charts Magazine’s Big Al Weekley on the phone with John Steel and as you can hear they had a great conversation = giving You – one heck of an interview. John Steel of The Animals is a class act and a Legend to say the very least”.
Jason Rogers – CEO/Editor in Chief of Music Charts Magazine, INC
The Animals were formed in mid 1963. The original line up consisted of:
Eric Burdon (vocals), Hilton Valentine (guitar), Chas Chandler (bass), Alan Price (keyboards) and John Steel (drums). By Autumn, they made their first record. It was a 12″, one sided, 4 track EP done at a studio in Wylam (a town west of Newcastle Upon Tyne). It was a very limited private pressing on Graphic Sound Ltd (ALO 10867). It is believed that a few of those went out under The Alan Price R&B Combo. It is definite that it was released under the name, The Animals.
Their second recording was of their live performance at the Club A Go-Go with Sonny Boy Williamson on Dec 30, 1963. Half of the recordings are of The Animals, and the other half is of Sonny Boy fronting The Animals.
Mike Jeffery became manager of The Animals shortly thereafter. The Animals found some success with their first single “Baby, Let Me Take You Home”, but it was their second single, “House of The Rising Sun” which catapulted them into international fame.
In 1994 the original Animals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2003 their version of “The House of the Rising Sun” ranked # 123 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. Their 1965 hit single “We Gotta Get out of This Place” was at # 233 on the same list. Both of these songs are in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
To us Americans, they were known as part of “The British Invasion”.
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