Frijid Pink was a Detroit hard rock band formed in 1967, best known for their version of "House of the Rising Sun."
The band were originally composed of drummer Richard Stevers, guitarist Gary Ray Thompson, bassist Tom Harris, keyboardist Larry Zelanka and lead singer Kelly Green, later replaced by Dave Alexander (formerly of Detroit's Rumour).
They spent their first two years touring relentlessly throughout the Southeast Michigan area. The group signed with Parrot Records in 1969; although their first two singles, "Tell Me Why" and "Drivin' Blues," failed to attract much attention, their third effort for the company, a distorted, guitar-heavy interpretation of "The House of the Rising Sun" reached the Top Ten on the U.S.Billboard Hot 100 and sold over a million copies. It became even a bigger hit overseas. Although the song was in the public domain, the band never received a penny for the huge hit due to some shady lawyers for the record company.