The Animals guitarist Hilton Valentine (77) died

British guitarist Hilton Valentine died at the age of 77, reports Deadline Saturday. Valentine played with the band The Animals in the sixties and is best known for the intro of House Of The Rising Sun.

Valentine was one of the founders of The Animals, of which Alan Price and Eric Burdon were prominent members. Chas Chandler and John Steel were the other members of the band from Newcastle.

House Of The Rising Sun was a traditional one. The song was known in the early sixties by folk singer Dave van Ronk. Later Bob Dylan covered the song as well. In 1964, The Animals recorded the song. Their version took first place in England, the United States and many other countries.

The Animals also had success in the mid-sixties with hits such as Bring It On Home To Me, Don‘t Let Me Be Misunderstood and We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place.

Valentine stayed with the band until the disintegration of The Animals in 1966 and was later involved in a few reunions. In recent years, the 77-year-old guitarist was best known as a skiffle musician. Under the name Skiffledog he made a few records. He also toured with Eric Burdon.