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Frigid Pink

"House Of The Rising Sun" is a traditional Folk song that was first recorded in the '30's and later covered by Pete Seger, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, among others, in the late '50s and early '60s. That was before The Animals, a British Blues band, took it to #1 in the U.S., U.K. and Canada on the strength of a killer arrangement and Eric Burdon's powerful vocals.

Aside from The Animals, probably the most distinctive or over the top version of the song was released by Detroit's Frigid Pink. The Blues Rock outfit formed in '67 and was recording two years later. Their first two singles stiffed ("Tell Me Why" and "Drivin' Blues") before they unfurled their bombastic, distorted guitar version of "House Of The Rising Sun." Frigid Pink's version was an afterthought at best, laid down at the end of a session to kill time.

As luck (or something) would have it, "House Of The Rising Sun" reached the Top 10 in the U.S. peaking at #7 and sold over a million copies. The album, with the pink cover, band photo and "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" type lettering, went to #11 on the strength of the hit.

A cover of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" and subsequent singles failed to generate much interest. After sophomore album, "Defrosted, vocalist Tom Beaudry and guitarist Gary Ray Thompson left. Their replacements fared no better.

Frigid Pink Discography


1970 Frigid Pink
1970 Defrosted
1972 Earth Omen
1975 All Pink Inside

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