"Eric Victor Burdon" (born 11 May, 1941, Walker-on-Tyne, Northumberland) was the lead singer of The Animals and later of War.
He was a founding member and vocalist of the Animals, a band originally formed in Newcastle in the early 1960s. Burdon sang such Animal classics as "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "When I Was Young," "Sky Pilot," "The House of the Rising Sun," and "We Gotta Get Out of this Place." By 1966 the other members had left, and the band was reformed as Eric Burdon and the New Animals, which featured future Family member John Weider. This incarnation lasted until 1969 when Burdon joined forces with the band "War." The resulting album yielded the classics "Spill the Wine" and "Tobacco Road." In 1971 Burdon began a solo career.
Burdon rejoined briefly with the other original Animals in 1976 and 1983, but neither union lasted, although the 1983 reunion yielded the ignored single "The Night". He has led a number of groups named Eric Burdon Band or some variation thereof, with constantly changing personnel; his popularity has remained stronger in continental Europe than in the UK or U.S. Today he continues to record and tour either on his own, or in front of y...