11 May 1941, Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England. Burdon originally came to prominence as the lead singer of the Animals in 1963. His gutsy, distinctive voice was heard on their many memorable records in the 60s. Following the demise of the latter-day Eric Burdon And The New Animals, it was announced that he would pursue a career in films. By 1970 no offers from Hollywood were forthcoming so he linked up with the relatively unknown black jazz/rock band Nite Shift, and, together with his friend Lee Oskar, they became Eric Burdon And War. A successful single, Spill The Wine, preceded the well-received Eric Burdon Declares War. In the song Burdon parodied himself with the lyrics: Imagine me, an overfed, long-haired leaping gnome, should be a star of a Hollywood movie. Both this and the follow-up, Black Mans Burdon, combined ambitious arrangements mixing flute with Oskars harmonica. Eventually the...
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