Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Many Lives of Eric Burdon

Everyone remembers The Animals and The House of the Rising Sun... but I wonder how many people - especially musicians' musicians - have listened to the terrific American funk group from California, known for many great hits like "Low Rider" and "The World is a Ghetto."  Eric Burdon was the lead singer of the group known as Eric Burdon and War from 1969 through the mid-to-late '70s.

They had a gifted flutist/saxophonist named Charles Miller who was, unfortunately murdered in 1980 in LA during a botched street robbery.  And there was the infamous Lee Oskar, a Danish harmonica player whose contributions to rock-funk fusion are immeasurable.

There are fabulous jam sessions on YouTube that have transported me back to my roots in rock & roll and funk:

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