Singer Eric Burdon (the Animals, War)
The Animals ~ War
birth name: Eric Victor Burdon

Eric Burdon

May 11, 1941, Walker-on-Tyne, England

While growing up in Newcastle upon Tyne, a port city just south of England's border with Scotland, Burdon had no burning desire to be a singer. His first exposure to the music that would hook him came at about age 12, when a merchant seaman who lived in his building let him listen to records he had brought home from the United States. Burdon became a lover of rhythm and blues after listening to recordings of Fats Domino, Bill Doggett, and other black artists - works that couldn't be obtained in England at the time. Thinking he didn't have the skills to play an instrument, Burdon concentrated on developing his voice. ~ Musicianguide: Eric Burdon ~ retrieved July 4, 2013 © Musicianguide

One of the British Invasion's most distinctive vocalists. ~ Allmusic: Eric Burdon ~ retrieved June 21, 2013 © Allmusic

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May 11, 1963 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (6) Jimmy Soul, If You Wanna Be Happy ~ #2 (3) Peter, Paul & Mary, Puff (The Magic Dragon) ~ #1 (1) Little Peggy March, I Will Follow Him


Eric Burdon ~ Ranked #57 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008 ~ Of all the British Invasion singers, Eric Burdon had the most physically imposing voice. When he burst onto the scene in 1964, his voice was “big and dark,” says Steven Van Zandt. “He invented the genre of the white guy singing low.” ~ 2008 © Rolling Stone

The Animals

In the 1960s, the Animals became a part of what became known as the British invasion. Contemporaries of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the band was an influence and inspiration for decades after their peak. After the band began to disintegrate, singer Eric Burdon took over the name and continued the group as Eric Burdon & the Animals. The band's songs were later covered by such artists as Grand Funk Railroad, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Bruce Springsteen. ~ Musicianguide: the Animals ~ retrieved April 23, 2014 © Musicianguide

The Animals ~ Inducted in the 1994 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ The Animals were part of the budding, homegrown U.K. blues scene of the early Sixties and one of the most noteworthy bands of the British Invasion. Formed in Newcastle-on-Tyne, a port city and coal-mining hub in northeast England, the Animals reflected their upbringing with brawling, blues-based rock and roll. The group derived its inspiration - and much of its early repertoire - from American blues and R&B sources, adapting them to their native British working-class sensibility. ~ 1994 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame


The United States of America has often touted itself as the “Melting Pot” of the world. We will let some other website debate the validity of that statement. For now, we will simply slot the ironically named band, War as the band on our list that we think best serves the Melting Pot analogy. ~ Not In Hall Of Fame: War ~ retrieved April 23, 2014 © Not In Hall Of Fame

In 1995, two songs by War were included on the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame's list of 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ Low Rider ~ Slippin Into Darkness

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