Alan Price is an English musician best recognized as the original keyboardist of the band ‘The Animals.’ He is also known for his solo work. A self-taught musician, he grew up practicing on his family piano from the age of seven. By his early teens, he was playing bass, organ, and guitar as well besides the piano. Initially inspired by the skiffle craze, Price kicked off his career in the early 1960s with the formation of the group ‘The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo.’ The group eventually evolved into t’The Animals’ and became a critical success with its songs "The House of the Rising Sun" and "Bring It On Home to Me". After leaving The Animals in 1965, Price went on to enjoy further success with his own band, the ‘Alan Price Set’. He also scored music for the soundtracks of a few films. He has appeared in a few TV and film projects as well. He has been married twice and has two children.
In the early 1960s, Alan Price formed the Tyneside group ‘The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo.’ It eventually evolved into the band ‘The Animals’. During 1964-65, The Animals released three albums, titled ‘The Animals On Tour’, ‘Animal Tracks’, and ‘The Animals On Tour’. Their debut single ‘Baby Let Me Take You Home’ was a commercial arrangement of a folk song from Bob Dylan’s first LP. In June 1964, their track ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ became a worldwide smash hit, peaking on the UK as well as US charts. ‘Bring It On Home To Me’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ followed soon, and by 1965, Price’s band emerged as one of the leading R&B bands in the world.
After his departure from The Animals in May 1965, Alan Price formed the band Alan Price Set. During 1966, he enjoyed success with the songs "I Put a Spell on You", which peaked at #9 on the UK singles chart and "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo", which charted at #11 on the same chart. This was followed by "Don't Stop the Carnival" in 1968 that reached #13 on the UK singles chart. A collaborative track with Georgie Fame called "Rosetta" later became a top 20 hit in 1971.
In 1974, Price recorded his autobiographical album under the name ‘Between Today and Yesterday,’ featuring the successful single "Jarrow Song". Between 1968 and 1984, he featured in some reunions of t’The Animals’. In 1984, the group embarked on their last tour before disbanding one final time.
During the 1980s, the talented musician recorded many popular singles, including "The House of the Rising Sun", "Love Is a Miracle", and "Jarrow Song '86". He then went on to record two studio albums with the Electric Blues Company. In 1996, their collaboration resulted in the album ‘A Gigster's Life for Me’. Since 1996, Price has continued to perform, arrange, and write songs. In 2016, he released his previously-recorded album ‘Savaloy Dip’.
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Television & Film Career
Alan Price initially appeared as a regular cast member on BBC’s ‘The Two Ronnies’ show. In 1965, he featured in the documentary ‘Don't Look Back’. In 1973, he appeared in Lindsay Anderson’s movie ‘O Lucky Man’ and also contributed to its music. Two years later, he had a lead role in the movie ‘Alfie Darling,’ the sequel to the 1966 film ‘Alfie.’
Family & Personal Life
Alan Price was born on 19 April 1942, in Fatfield, Washington, County Durham, England. He was educated at the coeducational institution, Jarrow Grammar School.
In late 1971, the musician married Maureen Elizabeth Donneky. They had a daughter named Elizabeth. After divorcing Donneky, Price married his second wife Alison Thomas in 1990. They also have a daughter.