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Eric Victor Burdon (May 11, 1941 in Newcastle, England) is a singer. He formed The Animals in 1963, a blues rock group who were one of the early influences of punk rock. They were known for their organ-guitar sound and Burdon’s aggressive show performance, screaming, growling and howling. In September 1966 he formed Eric Burdon & The Animals, a psychedelic/progressive/hard rock group, who influenced grunge, heavy metal and the modern alternative rock genre. When they disbanded in late 1968, Burdon formed War, an experimental funk/soul/jazz/blues/latin rock-outfit.

Burdon left also this band and run back to stardome in the mid-70s with The Eric Burdon Band producing heavy rocking songs. He went on forming short-living groups such as Eric Burdon’s Fire Dept. in 1980, another Eric Burdon Band in 1981, especially for a motion picture-starring role in Comeback for which he made the soundtrack and a reunion band with The Animals in 1983 to get back to the Mainstream Charts. The 1980s saw Burdon in genres such as heavy metal, new wave, pop, reggae, disco, blues, rock and roll, punk, funk and rap. He also published his album “I Used To Be An Animal” as well as his autobiography with the same title. He went on touring in stadiums as well as in small clubs around the world.

In 1990 he formed the Eric Burdon & Robby Krieger Band who toured mainly in America. They recorded some demo tapes, but never released them. In 1991 he toured the world again as Eric Burdon & Brian Auger Band. They released a double-live album, “Access All Areas” in 1993, showing versions of Burdon’s old hits in new musical outfits, once again as a blues, metal, reggae and fusion performer.


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  • BN84

    This voice, certainly one of the best, most distinctive in the history of popular music.

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • funtomas76

    Happy Birthday!

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • gat67

    What!? No Sky Pilot?! F THAT!!!

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • lehonoemi

    He should have a better profile picture!!!

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • crimsonsamura1

    He basically inspired every type of modern music there is, with each of the groups and music that he helped formed.

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • lohrasb

    love you man!

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Kriistopha

    He's tagged in close to every genre

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • living-art

    Burdon klingt immer als ob er ne Pellkartoffel im Maul hat beim singen.

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • WSteven

    Just saw him play down in S Florida still has a great voice, us old hippies will not grow old gracefully

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    The pipes of the Animals are in fine form elsewhere, too.

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • titolinhas

    Tagging him as screamo is an insult, I'm pretty sure. Eric's voice is too amazing for that level of fail. (2)

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Guil_

    And it burns, burns, burns That ring of fire

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • anoctopusgarden

    Lampdaniel, you mad bb? Good to know toddlers throwing tantrums can be recording artists. Eric Burdon can sing. That's music to me.

    7 Dec 2010 Reply
  • metalhead226

    Whoever tagged Burdon as screamo should be banned from listening to any kind of music, ever.

    3 Dec 2010 Reply

    @anoctopusgarden screamo has nothing to do with failing vocals you retard its just another way to express yourself in music

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • henkdo

    They can't take away our music: "Ah, the blues. The ball and chain that is 'round every English musician's leg. In fact, every musician's leg. Tryin' to kick it off, baby? No, no. You'll just never do it. And these are the blues of time, And the blues of a woman, And a man thinkin' of her As time goes by." Eric Burdon & Animals - As the Years Go Passing By

    4 Nov 2010 Reply
  • anoctopusgarden

    Tagging him as screamo is an insult, I'm pretty sure. Eric's voice is too amazing for that level of fail.

    7 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Tybaldt

    Eric Burdon and Screamo?! What the fuck is wrong here?

    26 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Graffko

    House Of The Rising Sun - the best

    15 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Knauf88

    He is very good.

    29 Jun 2010 Reply
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