Hilton Valentine, guitarist with the Animals, dies aged 77

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At the time the band was comprised of Hilton and frontman Eric Burdon, 79, alongside Alan Price on keyboards, John Steel on drums and Bryan Chandler on bass.

In 1994, Valentine was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Animals.

Hilton Valentine, the original guitarist for the Animals who played the opening riff on their hit song "House of the Rising Sun", died on January 29. Valentine's playing can notably be heard on the group's 1964 breakout single "House of the Rising Sun".

In the wake of his passing, bandmate Eric Burdon shared a throwback picture on Instagram, "The opening opus of Rising Sun will never sound the same!..."

While the Animals went on to enjoy major critical acclaim, Valentine departed the group in the bid to forge his own solo career after the original line-up of the band called it a day in 1966. Heartbroken by the sudden information of Hilton's passing.

With Valentine on the roster, the band would record several of its most identifiable hits including, "Baby Let Me Take You Home", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", "It's My Life" and "Don't Bring Me Down". We had nice instances collectively, Geordie lad.

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"It really was Hilton who made the early Animals a rock band", Burdon had previously stated.

Valentine launched a solo album in 1969 titled "All In Your Head", and reunited with the Animals a number of instances all through the years.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and in recent years Valentine has been living in the USA state of CT. In May 2001, he was inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame along with the other Animals and had a two-night reunion concert at the El Rey Theatre.

Based in CT in recent years, he also released music with his band Skiffledog. From the North Shields [U.K.] to the entire world...

Valentine parted methods with the band 4 years after becoming a member of however periodically rejoined all through the years and remained shut with Burdon, becoming a member of him on tour in 2007 to 2008.

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