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Cover Songs

House Of The Rising Sun – Fabio Canu & Other Notable Covers

Photograph of the blog post author, Chioma Eguzoraku

Chioma Eguzoraku


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The House of the Rising Sun is a traditional folk song that was popularized by the English rock band The Animals in 1964. The song tells the story of a life gone wrong in New Orleans and features a distinctive arrangement with a driving bassline and haunting organ melody. It became a hit for the band and has since been covered by numerous artists in various genres.


There is a house in New Orleans

They call the Rising Sun

And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy

And God, I know I’m one

My mother was a tailor

She sewed my new blue jeans

My father was a gamblin’ man

Down in New Orleans

Now the only thing a gambler needs

Is a suitcase and trunk

And the only time he’ll be satisfied

Is when he’s all drunk

Oh, mother, tell your children

Not to do what I have done

Spend your lives in sin and misery

In the House of the Rising Sun

Well, I got one foot on the platform

The other foot on the train

I’m goin’ back to New Orleans

To wear that ball and chain

Well, there is a house in New Orleans

They call the Rising Sun

And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy

And God, I know I’m one

Fabio Canu

house of the rising sun

The Italian singersongwriter, known for performing over 3000 live shows across Europe, is a prominent figure in the country-western music scene. His album “Miles Miles Away” (Universo), released in 2010, topped Mondadori Sales’ TOP 10 just one week after its release and held that position for three months, outperforming established Italian and international artists. 

In 2011, he moved to Barcelona, Spain, and has since maintained a steady presence in the media landscape including television and radio stations such as Telecinco (on the popular TV show: The Voice of Spain), TVE, TV3, RNE, Catalunya Radio, Punto Radio, Cope and 9 TV.

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Fabio is actively touring across countries like Italy, Spain, France, Andorra, the UK, Slovenia, and Morocco to promote his music. He’s making appearances in the media and performing at significant charity events and international country rock festivals. From 2017 to 2020 he received nominations for the ‘Hall of Fame’ awards by the Line Dance Association (Spain) under the category of ‘Best European Americana Music Artist of the Year’.

 In April 2020, Fabio released a single titled “You”, written by Jeb Andrew Foundation. It was well-received by his audience and earned him nominations at Holland’s “Red Carpet Music Award” in two categories: Country Rock (Original) Amazing Voice 2020 and Rock (Original) Amazing Voice 2020. His original track “All That I Am” is featured on the soundtrack of MOVISTAR+’s series about Iker Casillas.

The Animals House of the Rising Sun

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Label: Columbia (UK) MGM (US)

Studio: De Lane Lea Studios (London)

Genre: Folk Rock, Blues Rock

Written by: Traditional, arr. by Alan Price

Producer: Mickie Most

The Animals were a British rock band formed in Newcastle upon Tyne in the early 1960s. They were known for their raw, bluesy sound and their energetic live performances.

The band’s original lineup consisted of Eric Burdon on vocals, Hilton Valentine on guitar, Chas Chandler on bass, John Steel on drums, and Alan Price on keyboards. They scored their first hit in 1964 with their cover of the traditional folk song “The House of the Rising Sun,” which became a worldwide hit and remains one of the most iconic songs of the 1960s.

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The Animals continued to have success with other hits such as “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” and “It’s My Life.” However, the band’s lineup began to change over the years, with Burdon leaving in 1966 to pursue a solo career and other members eventually departing as well.

Despite these changes, The Animals continued to perform and record music throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with various lineups and styles. However, the band’s legacy remains tied to their early years and their influential sound, which helped pave the way for the British Invasion of the 1960s.

Other notable song covers

Other artists who have covered the song are:

Muse – 2002

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House Of The Rising Sun Cover By Jimi Hendrix – 1972

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The Beatles – 1975

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Who originally sang the House of the Rising Sun?

The lyrics of this song may have been modified over time. The earliest known recording was by Clarence ‘Tom’ Ashley in 1932 under the title Rising Sun Blues. Later, in 1934, the Callahan Brothers recorded it again as Rounder’s Luck.

What does the House of the Rising Sun stand for?

The song narrates the story of a New Orleans brothel, “The House Of The Rising Sun.” It was named after Madame Marianne LeSoleil Levant, its resident, whose name translates to “Rising Sun” in French. The establishment operated from 1862 (during the Union troops’ occupation) until 1874 when it was shut down due to neighborhood complaints.

Did Bob Dylan write The House of the Rising Sun?

Bob Dylan included and recorded the song “House of the Risin’ Sun” in his 1962 debut album and performed it multiple times, both live and in-studio. The authorship of this classic folk ballad, like many others, remains uncertain.

Who wrote House of the Rising Sun and when was it written?

The song is an American folk song believed to be penned by Georgia Turner and Bert Martin, narrating the challenging times in New Orleans. Its most famous rendition was recorded by Eric Burdon and The Animals in 1964.

Closing Thoughts on House of the Rising Sun

In conclusion, the song remains one of the most beloved and enduring songs in the rock canon. Its timeless lyrics and haunting melody continue to resonate with audiences of all ages, and it remains a staple of classic rock radio to this day.


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