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House of the Rising Sun by Josh White

“House of the Rising Sun” was recorded by Josh White in 1914. Growing up in the 20’s, White witnessed the civil rights movement in the South. He used his emotions when he sang the blues and played his guitar which was his ticket to fame. This recording of the song however was not the first believe it or not. It has been recorded time and time again for the past century.  The first recording was done by Clarence Ashley and Gwen Foster in 1933, where Foster claims he learned it from his grandfather. The most famous rendition was by The Animals in the 60’s which became hugely popular, listing as one of the greatest hits of all time in Rolling Stones and received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

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