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House of the Rising Sun

House of the Rising Sun


by The Animals

Video & Audio

The Animals (1964)

The version that made the song a number one hit.

Georgia Turner (1937)

Alan Lomax's recording of 16-year old Georgia Turner singing "The Rising Sun Blues" in 1937.

Joan Baez (1960)

Joan's version is eerily beautiful. She manages to make our skin crawl even as we're captivated by her amazing voice.

Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley (ca. 1960)

The fabled folk musicians record their version of The Rising Sun Blues as part of their remarkable Original Folkways Recordings.

Nina Simone (date unknown)

Nina gives the song her signature sound in this live performance, which you can read about in our modules on "Sinnerman" and "Four Women."

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