Formed by Alan Price in 1961 and originally called the Alan Price Combo, the group changed their name to The Animals after Eric Burdon joined in 1962. Hailing from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the band relocated to London in 1964 in time to be a part of the British Invasion. The band was known for their unique rhythm and blues folk-rock sound, as well as lead singer Eric Burdon's powerful vocals (said by some to be one of the best singers in rock history).
In 1964, the band released their cover of "House of the Rising Sun" which quickly shot to the top of the charts and made the world aware of The Animals. The Animals enjoyed two years at the top of the charts, releasing a string of popular and well-received singles. They were one of the more successful bands in the British Invasion. However, as time progressed internal pressures began to rise, sparking a chain reaction of personnel and management switches. The Animals parted ways with producer Mickie Most, who The Animals (specifically Burdon) felt constrained their creativity.
The Animals left their original label, the Columbia Graphophone Company (a subsidiary of EMI), and signed to MGM records for the US and Canada, and Decca Records for the rest of the world. In 1965, organist Alan Price left The Animals due to musical differences and a fear of flying while on tour. Alan Price formed The Alan Price Set and later experienced some success as a solo artist as well, most notably for his rendition of `I Put a Spell on You.' Shortly after Price left, drummer John Steel departed, followed by the remainder of the original members. Bassist Chas Chandler went on to discover and manage Jimi Hendrix.
After the departures, Burdon relocated himself to California and formed Eric Burdon & The Animals who enjoyed multiple hits such as "See See Rider" and "San Franciscan Nights." The group disbanded in September of 1966, but Burdon continued on with a solo career. His album, "Eric is Here," featured the single "Help Me, Girl" which climbed to #14 on the charts. Burdon also experienced success as lead singer of the Latin-funk band War, which he discovered.
Both Burdon and Price continue to perform as solo artists.