Dave Rowberry

Rock musician, keyboard player

Rock musician Dave Rowberry, keyboard player for the 1960s band the Animals, was found dead Friday June 6 in his London apartment. He was 62. Drummer John Steel said Rowberry, who suffered from heart problems, was found dead by Animals bassist Jim Rodford.

The original band, featuring Eric Burdon on vocals, formed in 1964 and had hits including “House of the Rising Sun,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and “We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place.”

Rowberry joined the band in 1965, replacing original keyboard player Alan Price. The group continued shifting members and eventually split up toward the end of the decade, but the members got together sporadically and recently regrouped as Animals and Friends.

They were due to play in Poland this coming weekend.

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