This leading UK R&B band was formed in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, in 1963, when vocalist Eric Burdon (11 May 1941, Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England), joined local R&B band the Alan Price Combo. The Animals comprised Alan Price (b. 19 April 1941, Fairfield, Co. Durham, England; piano), Hilton Valentine (b. 22 May 1943, North Shields, Tyne And Wear, England; guitar), John Steel (b. 4 February 1941, Gateshead, Co. Durham, England; drums) and Chas Chandler (b. Bryan James Chandler, 18 December 1938, Heaton, Tyne And Wear, England, d. 17 July 1996; bass). Valentine had previously played with the Gamblers, while Burdon had played trombone, together with Steel on trumpet, in college jazz bands.
With their raucous and exciting stage act, the Animals quickly attracted the attention of several music business entrepreneurs. R&B legend Graham Bond recommended them to his manager Ronan ORahilly. The band became...
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