|Hilton Valentine Quick Info
|5 ft 10 in
|Date of Birth
|May 21, 1943
Hilton Valentine is an English musician, actor, and songwriter who is best known for having been the original guitarist in the rhythm and blues and rock band, The Animals. As a member of the band, he was a part of a couple of musical projects such as The Animals, Animal Tracks, and Animalisms. Later on, Hilton Valentine embarked on a career as a solo artist and worked on projects like All In Your Head, Skiffledog on Coburg Street, and Merry Skifflemas!.
Hilton Stewart Paterson Valentine
North Shields, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
England, United Kingdom
Hilton Valentine studied at John Spence Community High School, a coeducational secondary school located in Preston in Tyne and Wear, England.
Musician, Songwriter, Actor
Hilton Valentine is represented by Tatty Management.
Rock, Blues-Rock, Folk Rock
As a member of The Animals, he was signed with Columbia Records and Decca Records.
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Hilton Valentine has dated –
- Germaine – He got married to a woman named Germaine in the past.
Race / Ethnicity
- Usually wears specs
- Slim body
Hilton Valentine Facts
- He was 13 years old when his mother bought him his first guitar which he initially self-taught himself with the help of a book named “Teach Yourself a Thousand Chords”.
- The 1950s skiffle craze had a great influence on the budding artist and during his high school years, he formed his own skiffle group called the Heppers. The group became decently popular in and around the neighborhood and was described as, “A young but promising skiffle group”.
- As a member of The Animals, Hilton Valentine released his debut album titled The Animals in November 1964 via Columbia Records and it consisted of songs such as The Girl Can’t Help It, The Story of Bo Diddley, I’ve Been Around, Bury My Body, and I’m in Love Again. Also, the album peaked at number #6 in the UK Albums Chart.
- The 3rd studio album by the Animals, Animalisms, was released in May 1966 via Decca Records and it includes a number of songs like One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, Sweet Little Sixteen, You’re on My Mind, Clapping, Gin House Blues, I Put a Spell on You, and What Am I Living For. It was also ranked at number #4 in the UK Albums Chart.
- Hilton Valentine is remembered for the electric guitar arpeggio introduction to the Animals‘ 1964 signature song titled The House of the Rising Sun.
- He served as the guitarist for the Animals until September 1966, when the first incarnation of the band got dissolved. Later, he has been a part of a number of Aminals reunions.
- He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 along with Eric Burdon, Chas Chandler, Alan Price, and John Steel. Later, in May 2001, Hilton Valentine was inducted into Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame.
- He has also served as an actor in a handful of projects like It’s a Bikini World, The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood, and Ready, Steady, Go!.
- He has amassed a decent fan base on Facebook with more than 5k followers.
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