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Rock and Roam

Musical musings from New York and beyond

At home in New York City, or on the road (again), Anne Margaret Daniel loves live music, and she'll take you there.

Rock and Roam

Musical musings from New York and beyond

At home in New York City, or on the road (again), Anne Margaret Daniel loves live music, and she'll take you there.

Eric Burdon and the Animals

I'm writing from Southern California where, if your timing is good, you may be able to spy a certain blues desert dweller in Joshua Tree who is usually happy to be recognized. I saw him in 1999 at a Long Beach festival near the Queen Mary with what was billed as 'The New Animals."  It was a stunning show. There was no qualitative difference between this blistering blues set and The Stones on their best nights.  I chatted with him once in 1969, when I was 14, at the L.A. Forum after a Blind Faith concert. He asked me if I could help him get a ride to Hollywood. He told me about his new band, War.    He's one of a kind. Thank you for the review......you brought it all back. 

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Anne...really enjoyed this...one of my favorite seminal acts...was in a band when I was 12 that was in a battle of the bands...we did "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" and "Dirty  Water" by he Standells...we got 3rd out of a dozen or more bands, but the judges gave us first place for song selection...we thought we were hell on wheels for a couple of weeks after that...the guys that won were a lot older than us (and they were a lot better too), and they got to make a 45 rpm record for winning...all you have to do is mention the Animals and I can hear Chas Chandler's bass line in that song, which I believe was actually written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill...If I could have imitated Eric a little better we might have won...those were the days...glad to hear Eric is still feisty and sounds great...Nina Simone was known to be a little testy about things...that was a funny recollection...

I've been an Eric Burdon fan ever since the first hit by The Animals and a line from "Monterey": "If you want to find the truth in life/ don't pass music by" has been a lifelong philosophy.

I heard a different version of the Nina Simone story. I heard when she was touring in Europe as part of a blues package that included the Animals the organizers, being aware of Simone's difficulty and knowing that Burdon had a reputation for being tight with black performers, asked him to help "handle" Simone. When she said that about stealing her song he supposedly replied that with their big hit people dicovered her original so it actually brought her more attention. She then warmed to him and all was cool. Perhaps that's apocryphal since he told a different version.