Song of the Day: The Animals, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

A very happy 80th birthday to Eric Burdon, lead singer for The Animals, War and several other projects. "Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood" was written by Bennie Benjamin, Horace Ott and Sol Marcus for Nina Simone, who recorded it in 1964. The Animals released their cover of the song at the end of 1964, and it reached #3 in the UK, #4 in Canada, and #15 in the US in 1965. Burdon said that "it was never considered pop material, but it somehow got passed on to us and we fell in love with it immediately."

12 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Animals, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

  1. Hi John – loved this song … I’m really struggling with connectivity at the moment … so I’ll be around when I can – all the best – Hilary

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  2. I wonder if Nina Simone ever wondered why it didn’t do so well for her? (at least, I’ve never heard of her or heard her version).

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    1. I think she was considered more of a jazz singer, for one thing. For another, she had the misfortune of releasing it during the British Invasion. Race probably had something to do with it as well. My guess is she’d say that was the primary reason.

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