Monday, January 05, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Alan Price

Artist:Alan Price
Song:I Put A Spell On You
Album:I Put A Spell On You And Other Great Hits

Alan Price is best known as the original keyboard player for the Animals. He left in 1965 for a solo career and had success mostly in England. His music is well worth seeking out. He was born Apr. 19, 1942 in Fatfield, Washington, Country Durham, England. A self taught musician, Price had his own band before forming The Animals with Eric Burdon in 1962. The Animals were very successful with hits like House of the Rising Sun. But Price didn't like to fly so he left The Animals in 1965 for his own band The Alan Price Set. His 1966 cover of the Screamin' Jay Hawkins classic I Put A Spell On You reached #9 on the British Singles chart. Other hits included the Randy Newman song Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear and The House That Jack Built. Price's music was more jazz and blues oriented than what he could do with The Animals. Several Alan Price comps have been released but the CDs are all out of print. This one from Sanctuary is available on mp3 at a budget price. Beware of re-recordings of Price's hits. Price also had success recording with Georgie Fame in the early 70s. Price composed scores and appeared in films directed by Lindsay Anderson. His music for the 1973 film O Lucky Man! is well worth seeking out. It's probably his best album. Price hasn't recorded lately but he still tours England and still plays monthly at The Bull's Head in London. Here's Alan Price performing I Put A Spell On You 1966.

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