Eric Burdon

Born May 11, 1941

Eric Victor Burdon 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.… Read More

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1941 Birth Born on May 11, 1941.


1958 17 Years Old The original band was the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, which formed in 1958; they became the Animals shortly after Burdon joined the band. … Read More


1966 25 Years Old …  Steel was a member in its heyday and left in 1966, before the band split up 3 years later in 1969. … Read More
1968 27 Years Old Keyboardist Zoot Money joined during 1968 until the band split up in 1969. … Read More
1969 28 Years Old In 1969, while living in San Francisco, Burdon joined forces with Californian funk rock band War.
1970 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1970, the resulting album created as a result of this association was entitled Eric Burdon Declares "War" which produced the singles "Spill the Wine" and "Tobacco Road".


1971 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Burdon began a solo career in 1971 with the Eric Burdon Band, continuing with a hard rock–heavy metal–funk style.
1977 - 1978 2 More Events
1979 38 Years Old 1 More Event
During January 1979, Burdon changed his band for a tour taking in Hamburg, Germany and the Netherlands. … Read More
1980 39 Years Old In mid 1980, they recorded the album The Last Drive. "Eric Burdon's Fire Department" toured Europe with this line-up and Paul Millins and Louisiana Red made special appearances in Spain and Italy. … Read More


1981 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1981, Christine Buschmann began to film Comeback with Burdon as the star. … Read More
1984 43 Years Old The original Animals broke up for the last time at the end of 1984.
1988 47 Years Old In 1988, he put together a band with 15 musicians including Andrew Giddings – keyboards, Steve Stroud – bass, Adrian Sheppard – drums, Jamie Moses – guitar and four backing vocalists to record the album I Used To Be An Animal in Malibu, in the United States.
1990 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990, Eric Burdon's cover version of "Sixteen Tons" was used for the film Joe Versus the Volcano. … Read More


1991 50 Years Old In 1991, Burdon and Brian Auger formed the "Eric Burdon – Brian Auger Band" with the following line-up: Eric Burdon – vocals, Brian Auger – keyboards, vocals, Dave Meros – bass, vocals, Don Kirkpatrick – guitar, vocals and Paul Crowder – drums, vocals. … Read More
1994 53 Years Old In 1994 the "Eric Burdon – Brian Auger Band" disbanded. … Read More
1995 54 Years Old In 1995, Burdon made a guest appearance with Bon Jovi, singing "It's My Life"/"We Gotta Get out of This Place" medley at the Hall of Fame. … Read More
2000 59 Years Old In 2000, he recorded the song "Power to the People" together with Ringo Starr and Billy Preston for the motion picture Steal This Movie!


When John Lee Hooker died in 2001, Burdon had written the song "Can't Kill the Boogieman" the co-writers of the songs, on the album, were Tony Braunagel and Marcelo Nova. … Read More
On 7 June 2008, Burdon performed at the memorial service of Bo Diddley in Gainesville, Florida.
2009 68 Years Old On 22 January 2009 he first performed with his new band, including keyboardist Red Young, guitarist Rick Hirsch, bass player Jack Bryant and drummer Ed Friedland. … Read More
In 2013, Eric Burdon came out with a new album called, Til Your River Runs Dry. … Read More
2016 75 Years Old In 2016, Burdon formed the current lineup of The Animals, including Johnzo West (guitar/vocals), Davey Allen (keys/vocals), Dustin Koester (drums/vocals), Justin Andres (bass guitar/vocals), Ruben Salinas (sax/flute), and Evan Mackey (trombone).
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