The Animals (1962-)
Eric Burdon (vocals)
Alan Price (keyboards)
Chas Chandler (bass)
John Steel (drums)
Hilton Valentine (guitar)
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They began as a Jazz group with Burdon on trombone. Partly because Burdon was a lousy player, he switched to vocals and they became a rock group.
Early names were The Pagans and The Kansas City 5.
Chas Chandler became one of Jimi Hendrix' managers.
Andy Summers, who joined the New Animals in 1968, would later join The Police.
Price left the group because he suddenly realized that he was afraid of flying. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL)
In the 1990's Burdon made a cameo on the TV show China Beach and worked with David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer on an album.
The Animals appeared in many cheesy 1960's movies, including It's a Bikini World!. After leaving the group, though, Price went on to become a real actor in movies like O Lucky Man!.
The Murderdolls frontman on how growing up with horror movies led to a life of shock rock.
His song "Into The Night" is one of the most-played of all time. For Benny, it took him to hell and back.