On this day 49 years ago, the British Invasion took a very different turn when The Animals hit number one with the American folk standard “House of the Rising Sun. Here’s their version, but we’ll feature some others later today.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.