House Of The Rising Sun

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me, my guitar and the kazoo, storytelling without a single word …

I’ve heard many versions of the song “The House of the Rising Sun”. The early versions by Leadbelly, Josh White, Libby Holman, Texas Alexander, Odetta. Then Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, The Animals / Eric Burdon, The Beatles. Also The Doors, Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, Muse, Duran Duran, Bon Jovi, The Ventures, Gary Glitter, Tori Amos, Jimi Hendrix, Frijid Pink, Led Zeppelin, Ten Years After, Santa Esmeralda.

Then the great voices (after Joan Baez): Nina Simone, Odetta, Georgia Turner, Mary Hopkin, Tracy Chapman, Sinead O’Connor (!!!). But most of all (as a guitarist) I was impressed by: Tommy Emmanuel. I heard him life in Berlin last year. I like this old guitar he prefers to play with. He told us, the instrument is from his father. But he tuned it up: some various modern microphone-systems are built in now…

now the best version ever heard (enjoyed that live in BERLIN):


Nina Simone’s very fast version:

About frizztext

writer, photographer, guitarist

15 responses to “House Of The Rising Sun

  1. If I like the way he uses his instruments, I don’t like the voice. The last one I heard was Joan Baez in “Palais des Congres” ( )and I love her voice, so pure, even now.


  2. Loved this version! Now have to practice πŸ™‚


  3. Still love the Joan Baez version….but then I love female singers! Great song, great post….and fabulous photo which is what drew me in in the first place πŸ™‚


  4. I’m learning to play a beginner version. Wonderful to see and hear your post!


  5. I’ve never heard a guitar/kazoo duet of this song before. Very nice”


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