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.

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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.