The House of the Rising Sun: Joan Baez, Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan and The Animals

Published April 15, 2015 by Sherry Carroll

Tim's Cover Story

Hello there! In this edition of Tim’s Cover Story we review
House of the Rising Sun, a song that has taken a fascinating journey through the realms of traditional, folk and rock music. According to Wikipedia:

The authorship of “The House of the Rising Sun” is uncertain. Musicologists say that it is based on the tradition of broadside ballads such as The Unfortunate Rake of the 18th century and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans setting. There is also a mentioning of a house-like pub called the “Rising Sun” in the classic “Black Beauty” tale, which was set in London, England and was published in 1877 which may or may not have influenced the song’s title …The oldest known existing recording is by Appalachian artists Clarence “Tom” Ashley and Gwen Foster, who recorded it for Vocalion Records in…

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