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‘Til Your River Runs Dry ranks #15 on Billboard Charts

Former Soviet Union chief Mikhail Gorbachev helped give “‘Til Your River Runs Dry,” Eric Burdon’s first solo album in six years a lift-off.

Burdon tells Billboard that he met Gorbachev in Germany a few years ago, when the former Animals singer was there to perform on a TV show. The two got into a conversation during a private reception that Burdon says led directly to “Water,” which opens the 12-song set, as well as the album’s title.

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Rolling Stone – 100 Greatest Singers

Of all the British Invasion singers, Eric Burdon had the most physically imposing voice. When he burst onto the scene in 1964, his voice was “big and dark,” says Steve Van Zandt. “He invented the genre of the white guy singing low.” Nor was the depth of Burdon’s pitch lost on Steven Tyler when he first heard Burdon sing “The House of the Rising Sun”: “I thought, ‘Aha! You start off the song an octave lower so you can flamb? the tail end of it an octave higher.’ ” After his run of hits with the Animals (“It’s My Life,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”) ended, Burdon showed he could handle Seventies funk during his stint in War, recording the torrid “Spill the Wine” and a souled-out version of “Tobacco Road.”

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Animals vocalist Eric Burdon also didn’t show, reportedly honoring a gig in Dusseldorf, Germany, and begging the question — quipped Jancee Dunn in Rolling Stone — “Artist of principle or crazy man?” Minus the absent Levon Helm and the late Richard Manuel, the Band played together with Robbie Robertson for the first time since The Last Waltz and were joined by their presenter and biggest fan, Eric Clapton.

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Eric Burdon has one of the most distinctive and searingly powerful voices in rock and roll. As the front man and driving force of the Animals, Burdon was at the forefront of the British Invasion, helping to shape rock and roll’s DNA with his imposing yet soulful vocals. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1994 and hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Voices of All Time, Burdon has continued to forge new musical territory with each new record in the five decades since the iconic “House of the Rising Sun.”

A long string of hits, including “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and the Vietnam-era anthem, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” further secured Burdon’s unique position in rock and roll history. As one of the pioneers of the psychedelic San Francisco sound, Burdon’s classics include “San Franciscan Nights,” “Monterey” and the anti-war, “Sky Pilot.”

As founder of multi-ethnic funk outfit War, Burdon continued topping the charts, with his groundbreaking hit single “Spill the Wine,” while remaining true to his deep roots in rhythm and blues.

Eric began his musical journey as a working class lad in the coal-mining town of Newcastle, England, where he immersed himself in American blues and jazz, listening to his idols, Ray Charles and Bo Diddley.

With his unrivaled instrument, Eric Burdon has shared the stage with legends such as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Witherspoon and Otis Redding – and was recently cited by cutting edge musicians like Patti Smith and Iggy Pop in their personal top tens.EB2

In 2012, Burdon received hard-earned kudos when Bruce Springsteen made him a cornerstone of his keynote speech at South by Southwest. Burdon joined Springsteen on-stage and was soon back in heavy demand. An EP with garage rockers the Greenhornes was quickly followed up with the full-length ‘Til Your River Runs Dry, which received a high-profile launch and has garnered great reviews since it’s release – in 2013.

Burdon continues his journeyman’s path, as an accomplished painter, author, recording artist and traveling bluesman with no letting up in sight.