1967 Eric Burdon and the Animals – When I Was Young
The Animals formed in 1962 and had nine top forty singles in both the UK and the US between 1964 and 1966. When The Animals split up in 1966, Eric began working on a solo album; the single from that album still listed the band as Eric Burdon and the Animals.
The only member besides Eric who remained was their drummer, Barry Jenkins. In early 1967, the pair was joined by Vic Briggs, Danny McCulloch, and John Weider and briefly called themselves Eric Burdon and the New Animals.
The first single from the group returned to their previous name. The five members of the band shared writing credits and the new band shot a video to promote the single.
The group often performed live (or at least with live vocals) on television appearances in the US and Canada.
The band continued to create new and different forms of music over the next year. San Franciscan Nights reached the top ten in both the UK and the US. Monterey ran nearly four and a half minutes and Sky Pilot clocked in at over seven minutes. The two singles only charted in the US, reaching #15 and #14 on the Hot 100 in 1967 and 1968. Danny left the group, and Andy Summers and Zoot Mooney joined up.
The group was scheduled to tour Japan in Fall 1968, but had to delay some of their appearances while they waited for visas. When they got to Japan, Yakuzas kidnapped their manager and demanded a $25,000 ransom to make up for the revenues lost due to the delays. When they released the manager, the Yakuzas told the band to leave Japan by the next day or they would be killed. The band left immediately and disbanded shortly thereafter.
Eric joined War and had a few more hits, Andy joined the Police, John joined Family, and the others pursued solo careers.
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