Eric Burdon has lived a remarkable life filled with adventure of all sorts
Eric Burdon, along with the Animals, were the first rockers to play behind the Iron Curtain. Burdon jammed with Jimi Hendrix – and was called by Hendrix’s girlfriend when Hendrix lay dying from a drug overdose. Burdon chased Jim Morrison from his home with the blast from a .44-caliber pistol. Once he was thrown into prison for allegedly associating with German terrorists. And rednecks expelled Burdon from Meridian, Mississippi, because he (and the Animals) promoted black music.
Yes, Eric Burdon is a true rock ‘n’ roll survivor - a walking, talking history book of rock’s formative years and beyond. But he may seem bitter at times, and perhaps you would be too, if you’d lived through the rigors of touring, recording and thieving managers for nearly six decades!
Now let’s look at the career of Eric Burdon:
In his autobiography, Eric Burdon wrote: “By now it’s all painfully clear to me: The nightmare part of the rock ‘n’ roll dream is the business – the money. The Beatles got ripped-off, even the savvy Mick Jagger and the Stones got screwed out of royalties in the early 1970s. The rock ‘n’ roll highway is dotted with the little white crosses marking the casualties, some literal, many more financial.”
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Unless otherwise stated, all quotes in the article come from Eric Burdon’s second autobiography, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, published in 2001 (his first was published in 1986).
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The rock group, the Animals, formed in Newcastle, England in 1962. Burdon was the lead singer and also wrote songs. While playing with the group one night in the middle 1960s, Burdon climbed atop an old piano onstage and began stomping on it with his thick-soled cowboy boots, the audience cheering him on. In the crowd were members of the High Numbers, soon to become The Who. Burdon thought guitarist Pete Townshend, perhaps watching the piano demolition, got the idea for the instruments smashing gimmick for which The Who would eventually became famous.
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According to an article in Wikipedia, Brian Jones called Burdon “the best blues singer to come out of England.”
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In 1963, Eric Burdon, while with the Animals, made a live recording with blues great Sonny Boy Williamson at a New Year’s show. Burdon thought it was the Animals best live recording; however, the band never received a dime in royalties from it!
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Burdon said that the Animals’ number one hit, “The House of the Rising Sun,” was one of the first rock tunes to have feedback in the recording, prompting artists such as Bob Dylan to “go electric.”
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The 45 rpm record, “The House of the Rising Sun,” was recorded in about ten minutes and cost about ten bucks to make. This sixteenth century English folk tune (originally written for a woman’s perspective) was re-written by all members of the Animals, but keyboardist Alan Price got writing credit for it because everyone’s name wouldn’t fit on the record. The band’s manager, Mike Jeffery, suggested they choose Price’s name, so they did. Unfortunately for Burdon and the other band members, Price got all the royalties for a record that sold millions of copies!
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In the fall of 1966, bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals quit the group and became, along with Mike Jeffery, part of the management team for emerging rock superstar, Jimi Hendrix.
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Shockingly, Mike Jeffery, a rather shady character, once had Hendrix abducted by the mob so he could take credit for getting him recued just hours later!
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Burdon became good friends with John Lennon, about whom he wrote: “I always liked John. He was a sweet guy and actually quite shy in private; he used the sarcastic façade to protect himself in public.”
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Incidentally, Burdon became the “egg man,” in the Beatles’ song, “I Am the Walrus.” Lennon gave Burdon that sobriquet after Burdon told him a story about a romantic encounter Burdon had with a Jamaican woman, who cracked an egg on his bare abdomen and then put her mouth to his body parts.
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Burdon also became friends with blues legend, John Lee Hooker, until Hooker died in the summer of 2001. Burdon wrote a song inspired by Hooker, some lyrics of which went went like this: “I was twenty-five and so full of life, John Lee took me by the hand. In a G.T.O. we did go into the fire heart of the ghetto land. Living in a land where a man is no man until he’s been to Hell and back. One thing you must understand you can’t kill the Boogieman.”
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At a concert in Meridian, Mississippi, the Animals, a band considered by the locals to be “n-lovers,” were forbidden to the play. The sheriff forced the band into an armored car and had them driven from town. Burdon couldn’t believe that such racism existed in his lifetime.
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Burdon claimed that the Animals’ manager, Mike Jeffery, screwed the band out of millions of dollars. Since they couldn’t afford to take Jeffery to the court, they simply fired him.
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Late in 1966, the Animals disbanded, and then Burdon formed the band, Eric Burdon and the Animals. Burdon chose guitarist, Andy Summers, who would later join The Police.
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Like many other people in 1967, Burdon took LSD for the first time. In fact, he took it with people such as Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles. About tripping, Burdon wrote: “My first trip transformed me, and, ever since, I have seen the world in a different, liberated light. My acid epiphany was that Fellini movies looked like normal documentaries. And do to this day.”
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During the 1960s Burdon documented the times in many of his songs, particularly “San Francisco Nights,” “Sky Pilot,” “Monterey,” and “Gratefully Dead.” They were his attempt at musical journalism. Later he added others such as “Sandoz” and “White Houses.”
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In San Francisco at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West, Burdon first ran into Jim Morrison, or Jim “Morestoned,” as people called him. It was Morrison who convinced Burdon to live in Los Angeles. Burdon moved into a house atop a hill in Laurel Canyon, where all the hipsters gravitated, people such as Joni Mitchell, the band Canned Heat, Frank Zappa, David Caradine, Alvinia Bridges, David Crosby, John Phillips, Cass Elliot, John Mayal and many others.
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In 1969, Burdon became friends with actor Steve McQueen, who had just starred in the movie, Bullitt. Burdon and McQueen liked to smoke grass and drive their motorcycles over the dunes at Palm Springs. Bette Davis once asked McQueen why he rode motorcycles, which seemed dangerous to her, and McQueen replied, “So I won’t forget that I’m a man and not just an actor.” Because McQueen was perceived as a rebel, he was popular with the late 1960s counterculture.
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By this time Burdon had formed Eric Burdon and the New Animals, and among their hits were “See See Rider,” and “When I Was Young.” But Burdon disbanded this group after the Tate-La Bianca murders in L.A. soured him on the hippie movement, and he began keeping to himself. For a needed diversion, Burdon began taking acting lessons at the Actor’s Studio in Hollywood.
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The next band Burdon formed was named Eric Burdon and War. Why did they call themselves War? Burdon wrote that “the idea was to take the most negative word we could find and turn it into a positive.” This was an R&B rock octet, with Burdon as one of only two white guys in the group, the other harpist Lee Oskar.
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The band soon moved into a mansion in Bel Air. Rock luminaries such as Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison often came over and partied with the band mates. At one of these parties, Jim Morrison wore out his welcome by sleeping on the floor with his numerous groupies. Fed up with Morrison and his entourage, Burdon fired his .44 magnum into the ceiling, scattering the lot of them. Shortly, Morrison fled to Paris, France to avoid going to jail on an obscenity charge and expired in a bathtub in 1971.
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Eric Burdon and War scored an immediate Top-Ten hit with the release in 1969 of “Spill the Wine,” a tune with a hip, poetic narrative and rousing chorus. A year later, the band released the double-album set, The Black Man’s Burdon. The assemblage continued into 1971, when Burdon quit War and formed The Eric Burdon Band.
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In order to keep the band touring, Gold and Goldstein, two execs at MGM, offered Burdon control of the final Experience show that Jimi Hendrix had played at the Royal Albert Hall in England. Gold and Goldstein, the two-headed monster as Burdon called them, assured Burdon that the film footage would be made into a movie. Unfortunately, the movie was never made. (Luckily, some scenes from the concert can be viewed on YouTube.)
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Burdon wrote this about Jimi Hendrix: “He made a quantum leap from being just another starving New York artist to being the toast of London, which hailed him as the Black Elvis. He was not only a brilliant and innovative player, but a riveting performer, and he took the Old World by storm. “
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On the morning of September 18, 1970, Burdon was at the apartment where Jimi Hendrix had fatally overdosed on drugs. He helped Hendrix’s two girlfriends, Monika Danneman and Alvinia Bridges, clean up the place before the cops showed up.
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After they had taken the body of Jimi Hendrix to the hospital, where he was DOA, Burdon found on the shag carpet a note written by Hendrix, the final stanza of which read: “The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye. The story of love is hello and goodbye . . . until we meet again.”
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About Hendrix’s death, Burdon had been mistakenly quoted as saying Jimi committed suicide. In his book Misunderstood Burdon clarified that the evils in the record business - his unscrupulous manager, Mike Jeffery, and all the accountants and lawyers killed Jimi Hendrix.
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In a more objective mode, Burdon theorized that Hendrix’s girlfriend, Monika Danneman, hoping to keep Jimi from flying back to America the following day, dosed him with perhaps as many as nine of her strong German sleeping pills, accidentally killing Hendrix. (Hendrix died with a large amount of barbiturates and wine in his system.)
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From 1972 to 1974, Burdon couldn’t work and wasn’t paid any royalties because he was trying to break his airtight contract with MGM. Meanwhile, War had moved to United Artists, considered a more artist-friendly recording company.
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While acting in the movie, Comeback, in West Germany in 1981, Burdon was arrested, per the country’s Emergency Powers Act, and thrown into prison for allegedly associating with members of the Baader-Meinhof gang of terrorists while hanging out in Munich nightclubs. But Burdon couldn’t recall exactly how he was linked to this gang. It took ten days and $65,000 in Deutsch Marks to spring him from prison.
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In 1975, Burdon was reunited with the original members of the Animals and they produced the album, Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted. Unfortunately, because of legal hassles, the album wasn’t released for two years, by which time the punk revolution had hit the music scene, killing interest in the record. In a London pub one night, Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols told Burton that he and his band were “boring old farts,” a remark that started a fist fight with Burdon.
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In the early 1980s, the Animals reunited again, releasing the album Ark in 1983. And at the end of that year, the band recorded a live performance at Wembley Arena London entitled Rip It to Shreds.
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In 1991, Burdon met guitarist Robby Krieger while Krieger worked as musical director for Oliver Stone’s movie, The Doors. Burdon got a part in the movie playing a poet and father figure who inspires Jim Morrison (played by Val Kilmer). The 10-second scene took place at the famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood. About this work, Burdon wrote, “I hadn’t seen a script yet, but found myself thinking often about Morrison, a singer whose good looks always helped hide what an asshole he could be.”
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Shortly thereafter, Burdon toured with Krieger in North America. Then Burdon united with keyboardist Brian Auger, forming the Eric Burdon – Brian Auger Band, eventually releasing the live album, Access All Areas.
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The surviving members of the Animals got together again in May 2001, minus bassist Chas Chandler, who had died in 1996, and keyboardist Alan Price came along too. They were inducted into L.A.’s Rock Walk of Fame in time for Eric Burdon’s sixtieth birthday.
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Since the 1960s Burdon had become good friends with photographer Linda Eastman, who later married Paul McCartney. When Linda McCartney died of cancer in April 1998, Burdon attended her memorial, where he recited an elegiac poem titled “Wildflower” and sang, with piano accompaniment, a version of “The Long and Winding Road.”
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In the early 2000’s Burdon needed more exposure. He wrote, “It’s frustrating when your past is bigger than you are. The only thing that could change that for me, I believed, would be television.” So Burdon appeared on David Letterman’s show and made a couple videos, but they went nowhere.
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Then the head of MGM, Mike Curb, whom Burdon called “the Fat Man,” had an idea, but Burdon was skeptical of Curb’s intent. The Fat Man recorded some of Burdon’s new material and some classics such as “The House of the Rising Sun,” and then bootlegged the tapes to an Italian label called Disky. Burdon said that Disky's final mixing and mastering were terrible. It appears Burdon had been screwed again!
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Now wary of bootlegging and bootleggers, one night in Germany Burdon was halfway though a set when he noticed some kid holding a tape recorder aloft. Burdon brought the show to a halt and shouted, “You! You there! I want that cassette or the show’s over. No more song’ ‘til I get that fucking tape!” The kid fled the venue, dropping the tape player, which Burdon promptly grabbed and smashed to pieces.
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It seems appropriate to call Eric Burdon a legendary figure in the world of rock ‘n’ roll. He’s been there and done that and met just about everybody. His body of work is canonical, quintessential, anthemic and certainly iconic. And, after all these years, Eric Burdon still rocks!
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Colleen Cholewka on June 30, 2017:
Always loved Eric & the animals,
tammy9240 on February 27, 2017:
AMAZING article! Eric was ranked 57th in Rolling Stone's list The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.It doesn't get much better than "Spill the Wine" I melt every time I play it (which is a lot) I'm so thankful for You Tube.Now we can see how amazing his transformation from a youngster in the Animals to the adult singer of today.His has aged nicely! I just ordered his books off Amazon and a CD-Eric Burdon Greatest Hits....anxiously awaiting their arrival.I wish he had a website to order from so he could profit. Ebay has a lot of eric and the animals artifacts! Gotta love the internet!
Scrum Drum on August 02, 2015:
Dr Bannister was a young doctor assigned to the emergency room at St Mary Abbots Hospital. In 1992 he saw Monika Dannemann accuse him of malpractice for not doing a tracheostomy in Caesar Glebbeek's book 'Electric Gypsy'. He shot off a letter to Glebbeek protesting that a tracheostomy would have done no good because Jimi's lungs were completely flooded with wine like he had never seen in his medical career and that instead of choking on vomit Jimi had been drowned in wine. Dr Bannister told subsequent interviewers that he had to remove many bottles worth of wine from Jimi's lungs and stomach before he could try to resuscitate him.
The cops were only involved in witnessing the ambulance men take Jimi away. They said that Jimi was dead at the flat and that Monika was not there (which is why they were summoned). The main medical witnessing was done by the hospital staff and forensic doctors. The authorities were embarrassed because they didn't know who Jimi was at the hospital, so they compensated by getting world famous Dr Donald Teare to do Jimi's autopsy 3 days after he died. Dr Teare did a top notch autopsy where he captured a tiny blood alcohol content that was impossible for the amount of wine Dr Bannister witnessed, as well as other condemning forensic evidence. The reason I am able to prove murder is exactly because this sterile medical venue was separate from the corrupted British police authorities.
The wine was pure. Even worse the murder scene showed wine spilled in to Jimi's hair and splashed on his clothes and bed. Dr Bannister said there was a pint of wine in Jimi's hair alone. Monika's scarf wrapped around Jimi's neck was soaked in wine. This is criminal forensic evidence of wine spilled in the act of drowning Jimi.
Monika was the only known woman to witness this. Reporter Sharon Lawrence was a close friend of Jimi. Sharon was in London that night and had a bad feeling. In 1996 Monika called Sharon in an act of trying to re-establish acceptance amongst Jimi's friends. Sharon had heard of the wine and took the opportunity to confront Monika. No one had ever asked Monika about the wine. Sharon asked Monika if she poured wine in to Jimi? Monika reacted by moaning in pain into the phone for 20 seconds and then said "I used wine to wash sick off Jimi's face". Monika was always a good liar and quick with an excuse. Sharon missed the opportunity to point out to Monika that the ambulance men witnessed Jimi's face covered in vomit. A few weeks later Monika was dead.
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on August 02, 2015:
Hey, Scrum Drum, if Jimi actually had bottles of wine in his lungs at the time of death, then he could have been murdered. But are you sure there was that much wine in him? Also, was it just wine or was there vomit in it? You don't seem to trust the cops, so how can you believe their forensic evidence? There were women around the night of Jimi's death - what did they have to say about his wine consumption? Later!
Scrum Drum on July 31, 2015:
You can't die of a drug overdose with your lungs and stomach flooded with bottles worth of wine. It's impossible and you won't find any other case with those particulars. It's amazing how people try to ignore this because it is so ugly. If you credibly examine the facts on a forensic level they exclude drug overdose. Part of the reason Jimi's murder went uninvestigated was because there was no pressure from his 'fans'.
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on July 31, 2015:
Hey, Scrum Drum, I've heard and read about Jeffery, who had Jimi kidnapped just to show him who's boss. Anyway, I guess it's a possibility that Jimi met foul play, but I still think most of the evidence points to a drug overdose, although I doubt that Jimi committed suicide. At any rate, thanks very much for providing your insightful commentary regarding the demise of Jimi Hendrix, one of my favorite people and rockers. Later!
Scrum Drum on July 29, 2015:
I'm somewhat of an expert on this. Most people are unaware that the Inquest never bothered to examine the evidence they had in front of them. If they had they would have seen that the autopsy information contained undeniable evidence of homicide. It is forensically impossible for a person to have the tiny blood alcohol content Jimi had and be witnessed having his lungs and stomach flooded with many bottles of wine. This also precludes suicide because it is impossible to drown yourself with bottles of wine - but especially with a blood barbiturate content that necessitates unconsciousness. To this day the British government still refuses to recognize this. Both Chas Chandler and Monika Dannemann made public statements saying Jimi did not commit suicide. The reason they did is because they both knew Michael Jeffery murdered Jimi. Chas, Monika, and Eric all stayed quiet because they knew how dangerous it was. Jimi had fired Jeffery 12 hours before he was found dead under mysterious circumstances with everyone lying. Jeffery would have done jail time if his books were ever scrutinized.
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on July 27, 2015:
Hey, Scrum Drum, are you suggesting that somebody murdered Jimi by drowning him with wine? I guess that would be one way of killing someone, but where are the motives and suspects? Jimi almost certainly ended his own life - that's what most of the evidence shows anyway. Later!
carol on July 26, 2015:
I love erics music and that voice is mesmerizing. It is sad he was treated in zuch a way.
Scrum Drum on July 26, 2015:
It was already mentioned in what I wrote. You won't find any other case where the victim had his lungs and stomach flooded with wine and only had a tiny blood alcohol content. That is forensically impossible and the British government doesn't seem concerned.
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on July 26, 2015:
Okay, Scrum Drum, you suggest that Jimi was murdered?!... I haven't heard that theory, though many of the rockers who died of overdoses or suicides have been the subject murder theories. I say, Where's the proof? Later!
Scrum Drum on July 25, 2015:
It is amazing how one comment can contain a whole tragedy in its void. The Hendrix part of this article hinges on one line that said Jimi had large amounts of wine and barbiturates in his body. Never does its author notice that Jimi also had a minimal trace of alcohol in his blood. Since you can't have a large amount of wine in your body and a tiny blood alcohol content innocently, it is amazing how those who cover Jimi's death ignore this glaring evidence of murder. How can you accidentally kill someone with your pills and have that person found with an unusually large amount of wine drowning their lungs and stomach? Jimi seems to be a person that normal forensic procedure doesn't apply to as well as normal police investigation.
Mr Burdon is indeed notorious and has some questions to answer.
Judy on April 26, 2015:
Just saw him at Stagecoach and he was fabulous-- hasn't lost a thing!!
Louise on February 28, 2015:
I read Eric burden was number 157 of the greatest voices in rock and
Roll. He should be listed much higher. No one had a voice like him.
Except maybe a black guy. Love, love, love, his music. Also I am read
-ing his biography, this article was so much more informative.
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on May 18, 2014:
Thanks for comment, Mikki. I wish I could see Eric perform tonight. Later!
Mikki on May 17, 2014:
Saw Eric Burdon and the Animals in 1968 at The Whiskey A Go Go. Gonna see him tonight in our tiny town where he now lives part-time. He still rocks!
md on March 06, 2013:
Eric Burdon is the music. For me the world begins from the day he was born (11 May 1941).My life begins from then, from the beautiful 60's with Eric singing ''The House Of The Rising Sun'' with the Animals...Eric Burdon is my life my whole world... peace always ♥♥♥☻☺☻
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 17, 2013:
Thanks for the comment, Debbie. I'm glad Eric is still rocking. Later!
Debbie Doglady on February 16, 2013:
We just saw Eric perform on Feb. 8 with a killer band and it was fantastic! He still has a wonderful voice. Enjoyed this article; thank you.
dancer on February 08, 2013:
just sitting here enjoying eric burdon's voice ...i enjoyed him then and still do!
YES YES YES WITHOUT A DOUBT on January 30, 2013:
WHAT A GREAT WRITE UP ON EVB LOVE HIM, BEST THING TO COME OUT THE 60'S, GLAD I WAS THERE. THE QUESTION ABOUT EVB AND ELTON JOHN- THE NEWS PAPERS REPORTED ELTON JOHN WANTED TO BE LISTED FIRST AS TOP OF THE BILL NOT ERIC , I RMEMBER READING IT. BENNY FROM COVENTRY ENGLAND
Francis on January 17, 2013:
Eric Burdon est une légende du rock depuis les années 60, c'est incontestable. Suivre sa carrière, ératique, est un véritable parcours du combattant. Il laissera une oeuvre conséquente et variée... c'est le moins que l'on puisse dire.
Fan de lui et fidèle depuis ses débuts, je regrette que son inconstance l'ait conduit dans tant de directions, avec tant de groupes, tant de musiciens, tant de genres, plus ou moins réussis.... Il aurait pu figurer parmi les plus grands (peut être le plus grand) de tous les chanteurs britanniques des années pop.
Mais cette inconstance est peut être sa richesse !
Longue vie à Eric, mon ami, dont la musique accompagne ma vie.
TaureDawn on December 20, 2012:
Q: "Is Eric Burdon One of the Greatest Rockers of All Time?"
A: YES! (nuff said).
Salvatore Leone on March 19, 2012:
I didn't know Eric knew Jim Morrison. Hahaha LMAO chasing him out of his house with a .44 magnum. Rock-ON Eric!!!!
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on January 20, 2012:
Thanks for the comment, Billrrr. Eric Burdon goes way back to ancient times, the 1960s, and yes he is an excellent singer of R&B and rock. Later!
Bill Russo from Cape Cod on January 20, 2012:
Rocker, I believe, is a term best applied to the founding fathers of the genre in the 1950s.
That said, I think that Eric Burdon is one of the premier white blues artists of all time. His rough edged treatment of R & B classics would ring true in any age and with any demographic.
Your piece is very well done. I am voting....UP!
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on December 17, 2011:
Thanks for the comment, leigha. Eric Burdon and the Animals are truly one of rock and roll's greatest acts, and Eric himself is definitely an icon we'll never forget. Later!
leigha on December 17, 2011:
eric has nothing but pure talent. the animals were, in my opinion, the greatest british invasion group. i find it sad that when i speak with someone in their 60s or 70s, they have no clue who eric burdon is. makes me feel lucky i have the technology to listen to eric or watch his performances. he is still bringing in new fans with each generation. his music will never be forgotten.
stefan on November 06, 2011:
At times Burdon has done a lot of crappy recordings but I forgive him since he is so extremly good when he has good material and good producer
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on September 26, 2011:
You were at Newport in '69? What a dude! Later!
mario cuellar on September 26, 2011:
I didn't get to make it to Woodstock that summer but i did get to see u and War at Newport 69 at Devonshire Downs that summer u guys were awsome me and my homeboy ruben had a blast watching and listening to u guys
Monica on August 19, 2011:
He is the BEST!!!!
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on July 11, 2011:
In Burdon's autobiography he didn't mention any battle with Elton John in the 1970s. It was probably just a tempest in a teapot, anyway. Later!
charles hartranft on July 11, 2011:
Why did Eric and Elton John battle in the early 70's-?--------- it was in all the music trade papers -But no one wants to answer my question-------------
yoatzin flores on May 19, 2011:
pues yo creo que es una gran persona y lo considero el mejor rockero del mundo
Susan Johnson on October 29, 2010:
No artist EVER sounded as good as Eric Burdon on a Rocket Radio in the middle of the night! His crystal clear absolutely recognisable original voice - his bluesey rocky style came through loud and clear - his baritone drop - nothing like it.... He gives his audience everything he's got.. and unlike the rest of the so called legends of rock..heh! he's the ONLY one still rocking!!! Now that's a legend - he'll be 70 next year and I hope to Goodness he'll be rocking when he's 80..
Kilgore on August 13, 2010:
My coming-of-age was marked-thankfully!-by such greats as "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Recall riding (too young to drive yet) with sister and my cousin's appealing fiancé screaming these words at the top of our lungs. Thanks, Eric, for years of intelligent, soulful signifying, and to Kosmo for bringing this up front.
Kosmo cousin on August 01, 2010:
Interesting info about a musician that I really never thought much about; just knew his name and a couple songs by him. Thanks for the education, I enjoyed reading about him. As some others said, he did not get the deserved recognition, but then he is not alone in that. Absolutely love his voice!
billyaustindillon on June 14, 2010:
Great tribute. Burdon has continued to deliver with his solo career. The Animals still sound fresh - you gotta get outa this place and the house of the rising sun - they are two of the classic rock gems!
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on May 15, 2010:
I agree, Dolores Monet, Burdon's voice has a timeless bluesy essence matched by just a few. Later!
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on May 15, 2010:
I saw a clip of Eric Burdon's 2008 show and was so impressed. As good as he was in the past, his voice is so much more powerful and he put an emotion on the words more than in the past. Eric Burdon is one of the great voices of R & R.
saddlerider1 on May 14, 2010:
He was at his best as the leader of the Animals..House of the rising sun and so many others, ccryder, just a couple of classics. His voice sure has changed though, he has such a better voice as a younger man, but I give him credit, he is certainly up there with many of the greats...
Harlan Colt from the Rocky Mountains on May 14, 2010:
Good hub, very informative. I had no idea. Very interesting reading.
Shinkicker from Scotland on May 13, 2010:
What a life and a personality as well as a terrific singer
Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on May 10, 2010:
cracking write-up, thoroughly done
Dgenr8 on May 10, 2010:
Kosmo, Yeah Eric Burden, He's definitely way up there with the greats. I don't think he gets the credit he deserves. A definite influence for so many artists, and one of the most soulful, powerful voices in rock. Thanks for your tribute.
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on May 10, 2010:
In my mind, Burdon isn't the greatest rocker of all time, but he's certainly one of the best, and still hanging in there when many have passed on. Thanks for the comment. Later!
lmmartin from Alberta and Florida on May 10, 2010:
Don't know if he was the best ever -- but certainly provided the musical background for much of my younger life. Thanks for this excellent article and all the info.