Eric Victor Burdon (11 de mayo de 1941, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne) es un cantante británico de blues, rhythm and blues y rock. Se hizo famoso como líder de The Animals y del grupo de funk rock War, antes de iniciar su carrera como solista. Ha sido incluido por Rolling Stone en el puesto 57º de su lista de los 100 mejores cantantes de todos los tiempos. Fue miembro fundador y vocalista de The Animals, banda originalmente formada en Newcastle en los primeros años sesenta. Burdon cantó muchos clásicos de los Animals como "The House of the Rising Sun", "Good Times", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Bring It On Home to Me" y "We Gotta Get Out of this Place". El teclista Alan Price y el baterista John Steel, miembros originales de Animals, abandonaron la banda, y fueron reemplazados por Dave Rowberry y Barry Jenkins, respectivamente. En 1966, los miembros restantes Chas Chandler e Hilton Valentine se fueron del grupo, excepto Barry Jenkins y Burdon, y la banda cambió su nombre por el de Eric Burdon and the Animals. A este grupo se le unieron el futuro miembro de Family John Weider y el futuro guitarrista de The Police Andy Summers. Esta nueva formación tuvo éxitos con canciones como "When I Was Young", "Sky Pilot" y "Monterey". Esta unión duró hasta 1969, tuvo grandes cambios en la formación y cambió su nombre Eric Burdon and the Animals por el de Eric Burdon and the New Animals. Cuando los New Animals se fueron, Burdon unió fuerzas con el grupo funky de Los Ángeles War. El álbum Eric Burdon Declares War creó clásicos como "Spill The Wine" y "Tobacco Road". En 1971 Burdon empezó su carrera en solitario. Burdon se volvió a unir con los otros Animals originales en 1976 y 1983, pero esta unión acabó pronto. Aun así, en la reunión de 1983 se publicó el single The Night, que había sido ignorado en las listas de ventas. Burdon dirigió aunos cuantos grupos llamados Eric Burdon Band o alguna variación parecida, con constantes cambios en la formación. Su popularidad se hizo más fuerte en la Europa continental que en el Reino Unido o en los Estados Unidos. Hoy en día continúa grabando y dando conciertos, en solitario o al frente de otra versión de Eric Burdon and the Animals. En 1990, un nuevo Eric Burdon and the Animals grabó una versión del single Sixteen Tons, de Merle Travis, para la película Joe contra el volcán, en cuyos créditos iniciales apareció
Eric Victor Burdon (born 11 May 1941) is an English singer-songwriter best known as a member and vocalist of rock 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. Burdon was lead singer of the Animals, formed during 1962 in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. 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. The Animals combined electric blues with rock and in the USA were one of the leading bands of the British Invasion. Along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Hollies, the Dave Clark Five, and the Kinks, the group introduced British music and fashion. Burdon's powerful voice can be heard on the Animals' singles "The House of the Rising Sun", "Sky Pilot", "Monterey", "I'm Crying", "Boom Boom", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Bring It On Home to Me", "Baby Let Me Take You Home", "It's My Life", "We Gotta Get out of This Place", "Don't Bring Me Down" and "See See Rider". y late 1966, the other original members, including keyboardist Alan Price and drummer John Steel, had left. Burdon has often attributed the disintegration of the band to conflict with Price, specifically that Price had claimed sole rights and ownership to “House of the Rising Sun.” Burdon and drummer Barry Jenkins reformed the group as Eric Burdon and the Animals. This more psychedelic incarnation featured future Family member John Weider and was sometimes called Eric Burdon and the New Animals. Keyboardist Zoot Money joined during 1968 until the band split up in 1969. This group's hits included the ballad "San Franciscan Nights", the grunge–heavy metal-pioneering "When I Was Young", "Monterey", the anti-Vietnam anthem "Sky Pilot", "White Houses" and the progressive cover of "Ring of Fire". In 1975, the original Animals reunited and recorded an album called Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted, released in 1977 and overlooked due to the dawning of punk. In May 1983, the Animals reunited with their original line-up and released the album Ark on 16 June 1983, along with the singles "The Night" and "Love Is For All Time". A world tour followed, and the concert at Wembley Arena, London, recorded on 31 December 1983, was released in 1984 as Rip it to Shreds. Their concert at the Royal Oak Theatre in April 1984 was released in 2008 as Last Live Show; the band members were augmented by Zoot Money, Nippy Noya, Steve Gregory and Steve Grant. The original Animals broke up for the last time at the end of 1984. Although the band Burdon formed in the late 1960s was sometimes called Eric Burdon and the New Animals, it wasn't until 1998 that the name Eric Burdon and the New Animals was officially adopted. The 1998 band had bassist Dave Meros, guitarist Dean Restum, drummer Aynsley Dunbar and keyboard guitarist Neal Morse. They recorded Live at the Coach House on 17 October 1998, released on video and DVD in December that year. In 1999 they released The Official Live Bootleg No. 2 and in August 2000 The Official Live Bootleg 2000, with Martin Gerschwitz on keyboards. In June 2003, he formed another Eric Burdon and the Animals, with keyboardist Martin Gerschwitz, bassist Dave Meros, guitarist Dean Restum, and drummer Bernie Pershey. They disbanded in 2005. During 2008 Burdon toured again as Eric Burdon and the Animals with a variable line-up of backing musicians. On 13 December 2008, Burdon lost a three-year legal battle to win the name "the Animals" in the UK. Since then drummer John Steel owned the rights in the UK only. Burdon still tours as Eric Burdon and the Animals, but was prevented from using the name "the Animals" in Britain while the case was under appeal. Steel was a member in its heyday and left in 1966, before the band split up 3 years later in 1969. Steel later played in various reunion versions of the band with Burdon. On 9 September 2013 Burdon's appeal was allowed. Eric Burdon is now entitled to use the name "The Animals" in the UK.