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The Animals’ bass player became Jimi Hendrix’s manager!

After a successful spell in the mid-60s, thanks to three super hits in House Of The Rising Sun (1964), Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (1965), and We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place (also 1965), English rockers The Animals broke up and reformed in America under the name Eric Burdon and the Animals.

This version of the band did not do as well as the original lineup, although some chart hits did appear, mainly San Franciscan Nights (1967).

Apart from these tunes, The Animals also covered many already well-known hits such as Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker), Mess Around and Hallelujah I Love Her So (Ray Charles), Sweet Little Sixteen (Chuck Berry), and Ring Of Fire (Johnny Cash).

Known as a British Invasion band, The Animals were partly responsible for the musical bond formed between the U.S. and the U.K. during the 60s. Led by The Beatles, other British Invasion acts were The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds, Dusty Springfield, The Kinks, and Van Morrison.

Together with the artists moving in the other direction, this movement would come to form the basis of popular music as we know it.

Chas Chandler and Jimi Hendrix

The Animals are also known for their bass player Chas Chandler who would go on to discover, mentor and manage Jimi Hendrix.

Apparently, it was Chas who came up with the idea to set his Strat on fire, he also recruited Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell and introduced Jimi to Eric Clapton.

Chas also financed Hendrix’s first single, Hey Joe, and was was in general very hands-on during the early recordings but then left him during the Electric Ladyland sessions, claiming Jimi had become too self-indulgent, took too long to record the tunes and, mainly, consumed too much acid.

After Chas had left what many see as the most culturally important guitar player in the world, he moved on to manage the English rock band Slade instead. Guiding them to six #1’s.

The latter stage of his life has been spent mainly answering questions about Jimi. During these interviews (check one in the playlist above) he revealed that he and Jimi actually made up and was just about to start working together again when he passed from misadventure.

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