Eric Burdon was born on May 11, 1941 in Walker-on-Tyne,
Northumberland, UK. His lengthy recording career began in Newcastle, England,
where he first covered songs by his idols, such greats as Ray Charles, Chuck
Berry, Josh White, Brownie McGhee, John Lee Hooker, and Jimmie Reed. He and The
Animals quickly gained notoriety as England’s best R&B band, and they were
selected by the pirate station Radio Caroline as the feature for the first
broadcast to the U.S. The Animals took the music world by storm when they
recorded and released an electrified version of the traditional folk number,
"The House of the Rising Sun". With the release of that song in mid-1964, The
Animals became the first British group after the Beatles to chart a Number One
single in America. In short order they followed with classics featuring Eric
Burdon's gritty powerful voice such as "Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood", "We
Gotta Get Out of This Place", "It’s My Life" and many others.
While the original membership lasted only until 1966, Eric Burdon continued with
new recruits, and the band enjoyed several more hits in a more psychedelic vein,
such as "Monterey" and "San Franciscan Nights".
After breaking up the Animals in December, 1968, Eric Burdon entered the
Seventies as frontman with a black funk group from Los Angeles known as War.
They recorded a hit single, "Spill the Wine", and two albums. After leaving
War, Eric Burdon recorded intermittently throughout the Seventies and
Eighties as a solo artist. The original Animals subsequently reunited in 1976
to tour and record a reunion album called "Before We Were So Rudely
Interrupted", after which Eric Burdon ventured into new territory by appearing
in several European films and eventually starred in and composed the soundtrack
for the German film, "Comeback". Reuniting with The Animals once again for more
world touring in 1983, he also recorded a song called "Sixteen Tons" for the
soundtrack to Tom Hanks' feature film, "Joe Versus the Volcano".
In 1990, Eric Burdon toured with Robbie Krieger (formerly with "The Doors"), did
a cameo roll in Oliver Stones' picture, "The Doors", studied acting at The
Actor's Studio in Los Angeles, did more professional acting by doing a cameo
role in the feature film "The Eleventh Victim", and appeared as featured artist
in television shows such as "China Beach".
In 1991 Eric Burdon collaborated with follow Englishman and keyboard player
Brian Auger to form the "Eric Burdon/Brian Auger Band" and continued to tour the
world, primarily in Europe, performing for his many loyal fans. From this
collaboration came the live, double album, "Access All Areas".
In 1994, Eric Burdon and The Animals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
Eric Burdon's great voice can be heard on national television commercials and he
has appeared in several documentary specials on the history of rock n' roll
including a series by Time/Life in the States and Granada TV and BBC TV in
England. He was a featured artist on the "Concert For The Rock and Roll Hall Of
Fame" and performed in the HBO Special presentation of that concert, where he
sang some of his classic hits in a duet with Jon Bon Jovi. He was also honored
to have been invited by the family of Jimi Hendrix to perform in the "Jimi
Hendrix Tribute Concert in Seattle".
Throughout the mid 1990's Burdon toured as “Eric Burdon’s I-Band”, which
featured drummer Mark Craney, guitarists Larry Wilkins & Dean Restum, and
bassist Dave Meros. After Craney was forced to retire and await
kidney-transplant, the band regrouped around legendary musicians Jeff Beck and
Aynsley Dunbar. The result was two “Official Live Bootleg” CD’s, issued under
the Flyin’ Eye Records-label. This incarnation of the band toured throughout the
mid-to-late1990's. Then, in May, 1997 Wilkins passed away following a battle
with cancer. Neal Morse stepped in on both guitars and keyboards, and the I-Band
was eventually back on tour and ready to record another live project, Official
Live Bootleg #2 - which includes an excellent version of an often-recorded
Jagger-Richards track, "Paint It Black". The addition of Morse, and his work on
Paint It Black, reminded many fans of the keyboard significance of any
Burdon-based project. By 1999 Morse had retired to pursue other projects, but
not before assisting Eric Burdon on the charity-based project, The British Rock
Symphony; Morse was replaced by keyboardist and violinist Martin Gerschwitz, who
with Bernard Pershey, Dean Restum, and Dave Meros form the New Animals, and back
Burdon on his current tours.
Eric Burdon has never been afraid to change with the times and has always done
what he has wanted to do. Over the years, he has become an accomplished writer,
singer, artist and actor, developing his unending artistic abilities, always
doing what he wants - successfully.
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