January 29, 2021. Very sad news that legendary guitarist with The Animals HILTON VALENTINE has died. What can you say about this man who gave us so much in the world of rock n roll… it’s hard to summarise but he was a beautiful, great, influential guitarist who blessed us with his talent and flair with so many unforgettable and legendary performances. Chuck Berry (!) once described Hilton Valentine as "a wildly exciting instrumentalist". Absolutely! there was so much more to Hilton than House of the Rising Sun, just check out Hilton’s many other performances on album tracks and live performances and you would soon hear why Chuck Berry would acknowledge Hilton in this way. Hilton, we loved and admired you and forevermore thank you for all your beautiful contributions to rock n roll and for your presence. Rest in Peace and Love Forever!
HILTON VALENTINE, May 21, 1943 - January 29, 2021. ✿ܓ
ERIC BURDON has paid tribute to his fellow band member - ‘The opening opus of Rising Sun will never sound the same!… You didn’t just play it, you lived it! Heartbroken by the sudden news of Hilton’s passing. We had great times together, Geordie lad. From the North Shields to the entire world…Rock In Peace’
Remembering Hilton Valentine by ABKCO Music & Records:
Brian May of Queen pays tribute to Hilton (and The Animals) in these clips:
Tribute piece to Hilton on ITV News Tyne Tees: https://www.facebook.com/itvtynetees/videos/168802408373040/
November 16, 2021 - A blue plaque celebrating the life of guitar legend, Hilton Valentine has been placed on the wall at his childhood home in North Shields:
Rest in peace Hilton Valentine, you live on forever in our hearts. ✿ܓ
RIVER TYNE by Hilton Valentine
♥♫ JULY 2021 - 57 YEARS AGO this month (in 1964), The Animals’ ground-breaking and legendary single ‘House of the Rising Sun’ reaches #1 position in the UK charts. Thank you, The Animals, for your great version of this song! Please give them a big thumbs up! ♥♫
MAY 18, 2021 - 57 YEARS AGO (in 1964), The Animals recorded House of the Rising Sun at De Lane Lea Studios, Kingsway, London. ♥♫ Happy Anniversary to this beautiful great recording and thanks to The Animals for their musical gifts to the world.
The Animals - House of the Rising Sun (1964). So precious, thanks guys xxxxx
Eric Burdon - vocals
Alan Price - keyboards
Hilton Valentine - guitar
Chas Chandler - bass
John Steel - drums
♥♫☺ Please read this great blog by The Daily Guru about The Animals and their rousing version of House of the Rising Sun:
Pretty much summs up perfectly how I feel about The Animals too and just how important this great band was.
NEW! August 12, 2014 - ‘The Best of The Animals’ on clear VINYL released! Beautifully remastered and available for purchase on Amazon and many other outlets: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000003BDC/?tag=httpwwwabkcoc-20
November 26, 2013 - 50th Anniversary CD box set released! Available for purchase on Amazon and many other outlets: http://smarturl.it/AnimalsBoxSet
In loving memory of guitarist HILTON VALENTINE and bass player CHAS CHANDLER.
Here’s a brief history of ‘House of the Rising Sun’ on americanbluesscene.com https://tinyurl.com/uv3n9dy
Please see clip from BBC documentary: https://tinyurl.com/ugjsfs6