Australian singles charts:
When I Was Young entered the Kent charts on 22 April 1967 and peaked at #2. The song was #23 on the Top 100 of 1967.
When I Was Young is a song with a 1967 countercultural theme by Eric Burdon with The Animals.
The somewhat autobiographical song told about Burdon’s father, who was a soldier during tough times, as well as young Eric’s adventures including his first smoke of a cigarette at 10, to his meeting his first love at 13.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_I_Was_Young_(song)
Burdon’s composition marks an important turning point for the Animals: many of The Animals’ hits had been Brill Building productions, most notably the husband-and-wife team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, which was an effort by their producer Mickie Most to make this British Invasion band sound more American. Burdon found this too restricting, and the group moved to Decca Records by 1966. This was amongst their first hits after this move.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/the-animals/when-i-was-young
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