Eric Burdon & The Animals

The AnimalsFrom: Newcastle, England

Eric Victor Burdon (born 11 May 1941) is an English singer-songwriter best known as a member and vocalist of R&B band The Animals, and the funk band War and for his aggressive stage performance. He was ranked 57th in Rolling Stone’s list – The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

The Animals

Burdon was lead singer of The Animals, formed during 1962 in Newcastle, England. The original band was the Alan Price Combo which formed in 1958. They became the Animals shortly after Burdon joined the band. They combined electric blues with rock and in the USA were one of the leading bands of the British Invasion. Along with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, and The Kinks, the group introduced British music and fashion. Burdon’s powerful voice can be heard in The Animals singles “The House of the Rising Sun”, “Sky Pilot”, “Monterey”, “I’m Crying”, “Boom Boom”, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, “Bring It On Home to Me”, “Baby Let Me Take You Home”, “It’s My Life”, “We Gotta Get out of This Place”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, and “See See Rider”.
Eric Burdon and the Animals

Eric Burdon Upbeat 1968By late 1966 the other original members, including keyboardist Alan Price, had left. Burdon and drummer Barry Jenkins reformed the group as Eric Burdon and The Animals. This more psychedelic incarnation featured future Family member John Weider and was sometimes called Eric Burdon and the New Animals. Keyboardist Zoot Money joined during 1968 until they split up in 1969. This group’s hits included the ballad “San Franciscan Nights”, the grunge–heavy metal-pioneering “When I Was Young”, “Monterey”, the anti-Vietnam anthem “Sky Pilot” and the progressive cover of “Ring of Fire”.

In 1975 the original Animals reunited and recorded an album called Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted, released in 1977 and overlooked due to the dawning of punk. In May 1983 The Animals reunited with their original lineup and the album Ark was released on 16 June 1983, along with the singles “The Night” and “Love Is For All Time”. A world tour followed and the concert at Wembley Arena, London, recorded on 31 December 1983 was released in 1984 as Rip It To Shreds. Their concert at the Royal Oak Theatre in April 1984 was released in 2008 entitled Last Live Show; the band members were augmented by Zoot Money, Nippy Noya, Steve Gregory and Steve Grant. The original Animals broke up for the last time at the end of 1984.

Although the band Burdon formed in the late ’60s was sometimes called Eric Burdon and The New Animals, it wasn’t until 1998 that the name Eric Burdon and The New Animals was officially adopted. The 1998 band had bassist Dave Meros, guitarist Dean Restum, drummer Aynsley Dunbar and keyboard guitarist Neal Morse. They recorded Live At The Coach House on 17 October 1998, released on video and DVD in December that year. In 1999 they released The Official Live Bootleg #2 and in August 2000 The Official Live Bootleg 2000, with Martin Gerschwitz on keyboards.

In June 2003, he formed another Eric Burdon and The Animals, with keyboardist Martin Gerschwitz, bassist Dave Meros, guitarist Dean Restum, and drummer Bernie Pershey. They disbanded in 2005. During 2008 Burdon toured again as Eric Burdon and The Animals with a variable lineup of backing musicians.

On 13 December 2008, Burdon lost a three-year legal battle to win the name “The Animals” in the UK. Drummer John Steel now owns the rights in the UK only. Burdon still tours as Eric Burdon and the Animals, but is prevented from using the name “The Animals” in Britain while the case is under appeal. Steel was a member in its heyday and left before the band split in 1966. Steel later played in various reunion versions of the band with Burdon.

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1967 single MGM 1340

  • When I Was Young

From the 1967 album Eric Is Here
Eric Is Here

  • In The Night

From the 1967 album Winds Of Change
Winds Of Change

  • Pain It Black
  • Poem By The Sea
  • San Franciscan Nights

From the 1968 album The Twain Shall Meet
The Twain Shall Meet

  • Just The Thought
  • Monterey
  • Sky Pilot
  • We Love You Lil

From the 1968 album Every One Of Us
Every One Of Us

  • Serenade To A Sweet Lady

From the 1968 album Love Is
Love Is

  • Madman (Running Through The Fields)
  • Ring Of Fire
  • River Deep, Mountain High