I like YouTube for many reasons. I can watch movies, I can look at silly videos, and most importantly, I have the opportunity to watch concerts, and old music footage. I can look at any band from my past and go down memory lane any time of the day and this got me thinking…
There were some great bands that I grew up with and believe me there is nothing like some of these all time greats today. The one that caught my eye today and took me down memory lane was Eric Burdon and the Animals. This great band was called the animals because of their crazy stage act. However, when I watch them on YouTube they do seem to be tame animals.
Many people called this band, which was part of the British invasion, a psychedelic rock band, but for me as a kid growing up, I just called it good! It was a little different for me. I was a musician at a very young age, and I knew it was not traditional rock; it had a little rhythm and blues sound, it was just different and I liked it. What was more powerful than the music was the voice of Eric Burdon. It was deep, bluesy, and when he sang I would stop dead in my tracks and say, Wow. He was so young and his voice so deep.
This band had their first hit in 1964 with House of the Rising Sun. They had a total of ten Top Twenty hits in both the UK and the USA and some of the songs included San Franciscan Nights, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, It’s My Life, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, When I was Young and one of my favorites, Sky Pilot. So great was this band that they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Some of you may remember Eric Burdon playing with War in the Song Spill the Wine, Love is All Around, Tobacco Road, and Spirit, yet another incarnation of Burdon and his musical talents. Today Eric Burdon still performs with a band he now calls the Animals. I listened to a concert from a few years back and he may be grey, and not the skinny young man he once used to be, but he is belting out the songs with soul and his energy on stage is still that of the Eric Burdon I grew up with. Do you recall Eric Burdon and the Animals?