January 29, 2021  - My eternal partner, my soulmate, and best husband ever, Hilton passed away.

September 25, 2019
After nearly 50 years, River Tyne has finally been made into a music video! Watch it on YouTube!

December 23, 2015
Hilton & Big Boy Pete have released The Littlest Snowflake video on YouTube!

February 08, 2012
Hilton has a new video up on YouTube.  It's a parody of the David Beckham H&M commercial so if you're looking for a good laugh, click on the link.  Listen to the words!! Lyrics are below the video.

December 04, 2011 It's Skifflemas Time! video up on YouTube

November 22, 2011
Hilton and his pal Big Boy Pete have released their Skiffle Christmas CD titled Merry Skifflemas!

August 15, 2011
Hilton is back in the studio.  Keep an eye out here for something coming in time for Christmas!
July 31, 2011
You can FOLLOW Hilton on Twitter 
July 07, 2011 Hilton's website finally has a shopping cart for convenient purchases.  Yea!

March 17, 2011
Hilton's new CD is released TODAY!  Check out the merchandise page to buy it!  In a few short weeks it will also be available on (but why give them the $$ when you can pay Hilton directly where he gets 100% of the $$)
Jan 15, 2011 HIlton made #29 !! (though in our hearts he's #1!!!) Click on the photo to read 50 Greatest Guitar Riffs in R 'n' R

Jan 11, 2011
HIlton has finished recording.  It still needs to be mastered, but should still be on schedule for a Spring release.

Nov 21, 2010 The studio time is booked.  Hilton is finally recording again.  We expect that it will be completed by Spring 2011.  Then he'll be hitting the road.  Hope to catch you there!

Sept 18, 2009
New VIDEOS page up on the site

June 01, 2009
Liquidation sale on T shirts and CDs on the merch page.

March 21, 2009
The recording with Jim didn't produce anything that we want released.  We are talking about recording again in the future.  I hope we can make it work.  I do not support anyone releasing what ended up being nothing more than rehearsals.  If any recordings surface, please know that it is against my wishes.  Don't waste your money on substandard recordings only to line the pockets of others more concerned with money than a quality product.  ~Hilton

Jan 22, 2009
Hilton will be on the radio Monday, Jan 26, 2009.  I don't know of the exact times.  This is the info I got from the producer:
The story will be fed Monday to the more than 50 affiliates f Premiere's HOT WAX DAILY feature service.  Here in the northeast, this means stations including WCBS-FM New York, WDRC-FM Hartford and WODS Oldies 103.3 Boston. Elsewhere our other major stations are WMJI Cleveland, WGRR Cincinnati, CKWW AM 580 Windsor/Detroit, KONO San Antonio, and WJZW Washington.

Jan 22, 2009 Hilton will be recording with his good friend Jim McCarty (drummer from The Yardbirds) at the end of February. 

Jan 02, 2009 Hilton (along with the other members for the past few years) will no longer be playing with Eric.

Oct 21, 2008 See Hilton on YouTube ! performing Twenty Flight Rock

Oct 11, 200
8 Get a sneak peak at Hilton's upcoming LP.  Two "basement tapes" audio tracks have been added to the audio page.

Sept 30, 200
8 New shirts are in the works and will be ready for Hilton's OCT shows.  Once again, they'll be top quality, 100% cotton shirts in styles for both men and women.  They will also be available online within the next two weeks.   There is also going to be a new CD coming in the next several months.

Sept 15, 200
8 After a busy year with Eric, Hilton's back doing some solo shows in NYC, MA & ME.  Check out the GIGS page.

Mar 21, 2008 Connecticut Magazine features an interview with Hilton in their April issue.  Available now!  Connecticut

Feb 19, 2008 Story on Hilton's fiddle player Jillian run by The Republican American newspaper in Waterbury CT.  "Animal Girl: Cheshire teen plays violin with an Animal and raises goats, too" Click here  for complete story.  Although there are quite of few incorrect facts stated, it's an enjoyable read, and the author sure got the subject of the story 100% correct;  Jillian is a delightfully unpretentious joy!

Feb 14, 2008 The Woggles have asked Hilton to join them on stage again.  This time you'll catch these groovy cats tearin' it up down at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ on April 5.  It's not about what you want; it's what they got!!!

Feb 09, 2008 It's the end of the line for the original Skiffledog Tshirt design.  The only sizes remaining are Large for the ladies and Small for the men.  Liquidation price is only $8.00 plus S&H.  Please click on the t-shirt to see actual shirt measurements.  New Tshirt design coming soon.

Jan 06, 2008 Hilton has decided to end his 2 year residency at The Old Dublin.  His final show was Dec 30th 2007.  The place was packed and it was a great show.  Hilton thanked everyone for their continued support and told the audience that he loved playing The Old Dublin and that you all became an extended family.  He'll still be playing his solo/Skiffledog shows, but at different venues.  Be sure to check the gigs page or sign up to his email list so you'll be notified.  Hilton also plans to continue playing with Eric this year.

Aug 30, 2007 Hilton guested with The Yardbirds at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den tonight.  It was fantastic!  The Yardbirds really give Hilton the opportunity to wail and he delivered!  Hilton got up half way through the set for "I Ain't Got You" and "Killing Floor".  He was invited back up for the encore to perform "I'm A Man" and "Smokestack Lightning".  Pics to come!

R&R Hall of Famer, drummer from The Yardbirds, Jim McCarty joined Hilton on stage at The Old Dublin for half a set.  Jim's harmonica player Billy Boy also joined in on several numbers.  Loads of photos to come!  What an incredibly special evening!

July 21, 2007 SKIFFLEDOG IN NYC AUG 17th!  Buy your tix now!  info on the gigs page.

June 06, 2007 Hilton's playing loads of gigs with Eric this summer.  Check out the gig page.

June 03, 2007 Hilton's playing with Eric for 2 gigs on the 8th and 9th.  Check the GIGS page.

May 29, 2007 The link to purchase the Spanish version of Sean Egan's Animal Tracks book can be found on the Spanish version of Hilton's website

May 09, 2007 Hilton will be on CT Radio Station WDRC for an entire hour Friday May 18th 7 -8 pm.  Interview plus a live performance!

Apr 20, 2007 The Spanish version of Sean Egan's Animal Tracks book will be available within 2 weeks!

Apr 19, 2007 Hilton's playing with Eric for 2 gigs on the 27th and 28th.  Check the GIGS page.

Feb 22, 2007 -  Hilton will not be playing with Eric this Saturday, Feb 24 in GA for the Hippie Fest because there wasn't a flight that would get him back in time for his Skiffledog gig.  Sorry GA fans  :-(

Feb 16, 2007 -  Hilton will be live on the air, Feb 20 at 5:30 - 6:00 on Connecticut radio station WESU 88.1 FM and via the internet

Feb 14, 2007 -  Hilton will be playing with Eric this Sunday, Feb 18 at Cypress Gardens in Fl.

Feb 03, 2007 -  T Shirts on Sale until Feb 14th.

Jan 14, 2007 -Hilton's now on MySpace

Jan 09, 2007 Catch Hilton in his prime on performing with The Animals

                         BOOM BOOM   - NME POLLWINNERS CONCERT
                        TALKIN' 'BOUT YOU  - NME POLL WINNERS CONCERT
                         DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD  - Ed Sullivan

Dec 02, 2006 - MIDNIGHT SPECIAL - Dec 02, 2006 York House Twickenham.  Hilton fronting The Yardbirds in honour of Art Wood who passed away the 3rd of November.

July 20, 2006 Hilton joined The Yardbirds on stage again (Springfield MA), this time performing three songs: Let It Rock, I'm a Man and Smokestack Lightning.....and he was smokin'!!!  If anyone has any photos of Hilton performing with The Yardbirds on the 17th or 20th, I'd love to put them up on the site.

July 17, 2006 The Yardbirds invited Hilton up on stage at the Wolf Den in Mohegan Sun to perform Let It Rock.  Thanks to the guy that let Hilton borrow his Dan Electro!!  Hilton will also be joining them at Stearns Square in Springfield MA on Thurs. July 20th.

Apr 24, 2006 Hilton's website is now available in Spanish!

Jan 01, 2006 Hilton will take part on BBC Radio Scotland's Songlines on Jan 03 11:30 am - 12:00 pm  & 04 12:30 am - 1:00 am (Scotland time).  Tune in 92-95 fm, 810 mw, or via the internet at

Dec 10, 2005 For those who can pick up the Connecticut television channel CPTV, they are rebroadcasting Hilton's appearance on CPTV's FRONT & CENTER With RAY HARDMAN on December 23, 2005 at 9:00 pm.  The show consists of an interview and a 3 - 4 song performance.
You can also listen in on WNPR radio on December 23, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.  Tune into the following stations:
90.5 FM Hartford/New Haven
89.1 FM Norwich/New London
88.5 FM Stamford/Greenwich
91.3 FM Southampton  99.5 Storrs
OR if you are out of the area: Via the internet just click on the WNPR link on the main page of this website.

Nov 11, 2005 For those who can pick up the Connecticut television channel CPTV, Hilton will be appearing for the full half hour on CPTV's FRONT & CENTER With RAY HARDMAN on November 11, 2005 at 9:00 pm.  The show will consist of an interview and a 3 - 4 song performance.  It will air again on Sunday November 13 at 10am  and Tuesday November 15 at 11:30pm.
You can also listen in on WNPR radio on November 11, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.  Tune into the following stations:
90.5 FM Hartford/New Haven
89.1 FM Norwich/New London
88.5 FM Stamford/Greenwich
91.3 FM Southampton  99.5 Storrs
OR if you are out of the area: Via the internet just click on the WNPR link on the main page of this website.

June 21, 2005 Hilton performed "I'm a Man" and "I ain't Got You" with The Yardbirds at The Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford.

Oct  16, 2004 Hilton and 2 of his old bandmates from the Wildcats days (pre Animals) reform for a once in a lifetime reunion gig at Hilton's local pub The Old Dublin.

July  21, 2004 Hilton has been asked to perform at the New Haven Folk Festival on Sept 18th.

June 16, 2004 Hilton has received a rave review in the August issue of Harp magazine.  Check out the PRESSpage to read it.

June 10, 2004 Hilton's CD is available through CDBaby , , as well as 

if you need to purchase using a credit card.  Only interested in a track or two? Download individual tracks at MusicMatch , Apple iTunes , Napster , Rhapsody , or MusicNet and 13 other companies for only 99¢ each!

April 30, 2004 BBC Radio Scotland is playing Hilton's new CD.  Call in to request your fave SKIFFLEDOG tune!  92 - 95FM      810MW  (This may give you a better signal) You can pick us up online via    .......then click on Iain Anderson

April 19, 2004 BBC Radio Newcastle has already played "Looking To The Sun", "Working Class Hero", and "River Tyne" from Hilton's new CD and has received favourable responses for all three tracks from the listening fans.  BBC Shropshire will be playing it as well, so keep your ears open!  Also, just published the interview they did with Hilton a couple of weeks back.  There's a link on the main page.  It is a very pleasant read as it's not the same old boring questions he's been asked time and time again.

March 19, 2004 - Hilton, a.k.a. Skiffledog, FINALLY has the new CD!!!!!!  Listen to clips from "It's Folk 'n' Skiffle, Mate!" on the audio page!

February 25, 2004 - Manufacturing delays have pushed the release of the CD to mid March.

January 5, 2004 - Hilton has finished recording his CD.  It should be available for sale through the website by the end of February.

June 6, 2003 - Animals keyboard player Dave Rowberry passed away in his home from a heart attack.

Dave - 1965 Dave, Dave - 2001
Likeable, easy going, intelligent, great sense of humour
and a fucking great keyboard player.
That's who you are and was glad I could share that with you.
I really enjoyed our time together, then and now.

May 30, 2003
Animals producer, Mickie Most, from '64-'65 passed away at his home in London with his wife by his side.  Rest in Peace Mickie. ~Hilton Valentine

FEB 2003
Hilton helps celebrate with The Downbeat 5 at their Sympathy For The Record Industry CD release party.

JULY 2002
Hilton Valentine's Blues Plate Special had their one-off gig at Ocean Beach Park July 5th.

JUNE 2002
Hilton appears as a special guest with Michael Lynch & The Lynchpins at the New York Bompstomp - ACME Underground NYC!

MAY 2002
Hilton has finally assembled a group of guys with as much desire for grinding R&B and thirst to play as he does.  Come listen to HILTON VALENTINE'S BLUES PLATE SPECIAL --- Their one & only gig will be July 5th at Ocean Beach Park in New London, CT.   Be there!!!

Hilton entered the recording studio December 7th to work on the 2nd solo project of his career.  Watch for audio clips coming soon!  ***ok, scratch that....the studio was not working out at all. The project has been scrapped until he can get into a better studio.***

Hilton has also resumed his rehearsals with drummer Chip Damiani of The Remains.  They've finally found a singer/guitarist and bass player to round out the group.  Watch for great R&B and fresh ideas coming your way!

*** Thank you to all those who showed up for my solo acoustic performance at  Brass City  on the 9th.  I appreciate your support.  A special thank you to those who talked to me after the show to tell me you had a good time.  With that positive feedback I've decided to continue to do this. *** Hilton 11-12-01

MP3 Audio samples of Hilton's acoustic work are now up on the audio page.

Hilton will be performing an acoustic set at Brass City on NOV 9, 2001 8:00pm.

Hilton's been very busy this summer........ busy having a good time that is.  Lucky fans have caught him playing live with Robby Krieger from The Doors in CT, The Pretty Things in NYC,  chatting it up with Roger McGuinn and Little Steven and jammin' with Chip Damiani from The Remains.

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