Samantha Valentine Simmons Bio, Wiki
Samantha Valentine Simmons is best known for being Hilton Valentine’s daughter, an English musician who was the original guitarist in the Animals.
Hilton Valentine, the founding guitarist of the English rock and roll band The Animals who is credited with coming up with one of the most famous opening riffs of the 1960s is being reported to have died on Jan 29th, 2020 at the age of 77. The band’s label ABKCO Music confirmed that Valentine died on Friday, saying it was told of his death by his wife, Germaine Valentine. The cause of death was not given.
Samantha Valentine Simmons Parents
Her parents, Germaine Valentine and Valentine Hilton got married in 1997. The couple moved to America after their wedding. It was his wife who urged him to record the first Skiffledog CD, ‘It’s Folk n’ Skiffle, Mate!’ in 2004. Germaine “is a Meriden native who worked for the town of Wallingford, [Connecticut, US] for many years”, according to My Record Journal.
A 2011 article for the Arts Council of New Haven says that after the demise of the original lineup of The Animals, Valentine stopped playing music for several years. But he then created Skiffledog – a skiffle band of locals and even returned to his native England on tour. The acclaimed band also toured the US and released two albums.
Germaine pushed him to record the first Skiffledog CD, It’s Folk n’ Skiffle, Mate! in 2004. “I was sitting around the house playing these songs. She said, ‘Have you ever recorded these songs? Well, you should’,” recalled Valentine.