By 1962, Albert Bonici was featuring more “beat” bands as ballad singers and swing jazz was waning. Before the Beatles, Dusty Springfield had played gigs at the Two Red Shoes as the Springfields [singing with her brother], the Crestas, and others. The Animals returned to the dance hall having already played in Elgin as the Alan Price Combo with Eric Burdon… http://www.dw.com/en/blues-drugs-and-rock-n-roll-eric-burdon-turns-75/a-19247892 http://teamrock.com/feature/2013-04-10/eric-burdon-the-death-of-hendrix-was-the-end-of-the-paradeAlan Price originally formed The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo which became known as “The Animals”. “Initially the personnel was fairly fluid, but within 12 months they had established a settled lineup of Eric Burdon (vocals), Hilton Valentine (guitar), Chas Chandler (bass), John Steel (drums), and Price on keyboards. Burdon’s arrival in the band in 1962 seemed to be an important turning point. Although Price had formed the group predominantly as a jazz-flavored combo, Eric brought barnstorming R&B and a charismatic stage presence to the group as a counterpoint to Alan’s slick, jazzy arpeggios. They were soon on their way. Using Newcastle’s sweaty Downbeat Club as their home base, they soon built a sizable following, eventually moving to the more prestigious Club A-Go-Go (both clubs being owned by their manager, Mike Jeffrey [or Jeffries]).
However, by all accounts, even at this early stage in the band’s life there were tensions between their original leader, the brooding Price, and the cocky, ‘new boy’ Burdon, who as their front man, always acted as though he was in charge.” http://alanprice.absoluteelsewhere.net/biography.html
Eric Burdon: Burdon was lead singer of the Animals, formed during 1962 in Newcastle upon Tyne. The original band was the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, which formed in 1958; they became the Animals shortly after Burdon joined the band.