Don't Bring Me Down (The Animals)

30 JUNE 1966

The Animals’ single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ - written by Goffin/King - was at its peak UK chart position of #6. It reached #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming part of a series of very solid (if not spectacular) hits for the band around this time.

The single cover (below) features new drummer Barry Jenkins, to the right. He replaced drummer John Steel and stayed with the band during its various incarnations 1966-68. In fact, the Animals were now just a few months away from the wholesale personnel changes that saw them rebranded as Eric Burdon and Animals (or Eric Burdon and the New Animals).

B-side: 'Cheating'
Released: 21 May 1966 (U.K.); 17 May 1966 (U.S)
Recorded: 1966
Highest chart position: #6 (UK), #12 (US)
Length: 3:13
Label: Decca Records (UK), MGM Records (U.S.)
Producers: Tom Wilson

Don't Bring Me Down (The Animals)