01 Jan 1970 |

Alex Gutierrez

The History of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

The History of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

It was first recorded in 1964 by Nina Simone in the Jazz Genre. Being a Disco Bunny of course I preferred the disco version by Santa Esmeralda ( Leroy Gomez on Vocals), which took The Animals’ arrangement and added some disco and other Latin elements mainly flamenco guitar. It was first released in 1977 as a 16-minute A-Side of the Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood album, on the Phillips label and was later released on the famous Disco Label Casablanca Records. Even The Freestyle group “The Latin Rascals” exposed this classic track to whole new generation of B Boys and B Girls. In 2003 Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill: Volume 1 featured the track in a fight scene. There are multiple versions by different artists but the song shines through each version, besides the Leroy Gomez version, pay attention to the Eric Burdon interpretation, interesting.

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March 8th, 2016

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