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

Happy birthday wishes go out to Eric Burdon, who turns 76 years old today. This cover of the 1964 Nina Simone ballad ranks as one of the most famous Animals tracks — count it among the times a band or artist covered a song and made it their own. The Animals took Simone’s slower, more melancholy version, added some tempo to it and made it into a pop hit. Burdon has recorded different versions of it over the years, but this one might still remain the best.

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