In early 1965, the British Invasion was still going strong and the bands from England continued to send great songs across the Atlantic. The Animals reworked a song that had been a jazz single for Nina Simone in 1964 but failed to chart, and turned it into a rock classic. The song “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” became a trans-Atlantic smash, hitting #3 in the UK, #4 in Canada, and #15 in the USA. Rolling Stone magazine lists the song at #322 of the 500 greatest rock songs of all time. I love the song, it’s pure Animals with great vocals, the riffs are catchy and unique and the song delivers solid lyrics from beginning to end. Today it’s a shame but it’s another forgotten oldie.
Photo of 45 record sleeve by EMI Records