Eric Burdon & War

From: Long Beach, CA, USA

War, originally known as Eric Burdon & War, is an American funk rock band out of Long Beach, California. The band formed in 1969 fusing elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, and reggae. War is also regarded for transcending racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up.

In 1962, Howard E. Scott and Harold Brown formed a group called the Creators. Eventually Charles Miller, Morris “B.B.” Dickenson, Lonnie Jordan, Lee Oskar and Papa Dee Allen would all join the band. They all shared a love of diverse styles of music which stemmed from living in racially mixed Los Angeles ghettos. The Creators released several singles on Dore Records. In 1968 they changed their name to the Nightshift and started performing with Deacon Jones.

The original War was conceived by record producer Jerry Goldstein and singer Eric Burdon. Goldstein saw musicians who would eventually become War playing at the Rag Doll in North Hollywood, backing Deacon Jones, and was drawn in to their sound. The Nightshift were thus recruited to join forces with Burdon. Eric Burdon & War began playing live shows throughout Southern California before entering the studio to record their debut album Eric Burdon Declares “War”. The album is known for the song “Spill The Wine,” which launched the band’s career.

Eric Burdon & War toured heavily across Europe and the United States. Their show at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London on September 18, 1970 is historically important, as it was the very last public performance for Jimi Hendrix, who joined them onstage for the last 35 minutes of their second set. A day later, Hendrix was found dead. Eric Burdon & War released their second album The Black-Man’s Burdon in 1970, before Burdon left the band in the middle of its European tour. The band continued to tour without him and returned to record their first album as War.

War would go on to release several albums and had a number of hits including “The World Is A Ghetto”, The Cisco Kid”, “Why Can’t Be Friends?”, “Low Rider”, and “Summer.”

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From the 1969 album Eric Burdon Declares “War”

  • Spill The Wine