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The Animals' songs in Italian

 

In the 60's in Italy it was very common to take English and American songs and make an Italian version. On this page we present a list of the cover songs taken from the production of the number one musical group of the decade. In a first phase (until 1965 ) The Beatles were not so much known in Italy, and only few songs were selected to make a cover song. From '65 on, their songs were very well known in the original version, hence the cover songs (nearly 100) have been proposed essentially by singers and groups of little success mainly to exploit the notoriety of the original.

 

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Year

  A Side / B Side

UK

 Italian Version

Performer(s)

Year

1964

Baby Let Me Take You Home / Gonna Send You Back To Walker

#21

     
 

The House Of The Rising Sun / Talkin' 'bout You

#1

Non dite a mia madre

Riki Maiocchi

1965

 

I'm Crying / Take It Easy

#8

Me lo spiegherai

Lello Tristano

1966

1965

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood / Club-A-Go-Go

#3

Non posso più amare nessuno

Emilio Campassi e i Canaris

1965

 

Bring It On Home To Me / For Miss Caulke

#7

     
 

We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place/ I Can't Believe It

#2

Io lavoro

Camaleonti

1966

     

C'è un posto migliore per noi

Delfini

1966

 

It's My Life / I'm Going To Change The World

#7

     

1966

Inside Looking Out / Outcast

#12

     
 

Don't Bring Me Down / Cheating

#6

Non buttarmi giù

Riki Maiocchi

1966

 

See See Rider (#10 in US)

#10

Tu cammini

Johnny Kendall

1966

 

 

 

Si, Si Silvana

Motowns

1966

1966

Gin House Blues (da Animalism)

#4

Lasciami bere

Patrick Samson

1967

           
 

Other versions of The House of The Rising Sun:

Los Marcellos Ferial

 
   

Luigi Chiocca

 
   

Armando Savini

 
   

Guidone

 
   

The Cousins

 
   

Fausto Billi and Janeth Smith

 
   

Al Bano with Joe Cocker

 

 

The attention to the production of the group led by Eric Burdon has been lower in Italy than that applied to other British bands of the 60s as the Kinks and the Rolling Stones, apart from their super classic The House Of The Rising Sun, but a fair number of their songs were translated in Italian. The most interested appears to have been Riki Maiocchi, the front-man of the well known beat group I Camaleonti, who also was the first to translate their popular song of 1964 known in Italy as "La casa del sole" (the House of the sun). There were nevertheless many other versions in Italian of this song during the sixties, as listed above. Note that almost all of the Animals chart successes were in turn covers. The success arrived thanks to their skills in the arrangement and for the charisma and determination of their singer and front-man, the little big man Eric Burdon.

 

© Music-Graffiti 2016 / Alberto Truffi

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