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War

Band, *1969
R&B/Soul
A.k.a. B. B. Dickerson Eric Burdon & War

Funk group that started life in the early 1970s in Southern California, They formed out of the ashes of an earlier R&B covers group, The Creators (who also recorded as The Romeos and Senor Soul), initially naming themselves Nightshift before producer Jerry Goldstein discovered them and gave them a more distinctive name. Their initial recordings were collaborations with Eric Burdon of English group The Animals, notably their first album 'Eric Burdon Declares "War"'. They later signed to United Artists and began releasing material on their own. Their first album was not a big success but their popularity was growing and later albums were very successful. They peaked commercially in the mid-70s with their Number 1 hit 'Low Rider'. Four members of the classic lineup from the 1970s have formed a new band (for legal reasons) called Lowrider Band. Things started to go downhill for the group in the late 70s when bassist B.B. Dickerson left and another member, Charles Miller, was murdered. Various line-up changes followed but the original magic was lost and the group were not as successful, eventually becoming just a touring act. A new generation has since discovered the music of War as they have been heavily sampled by hip-hop artists. The band continues to tour, although with only one of the original members. The other original members now play as the "Lowrider Band " however due to legal restrictions they are not even allowed to advertise themselves as former members of the band.

        
Members
PortraitLonnie Jordan
p, org *1948 US
PortraitCharles Green
tr
PortraitHoward Scott
g, voc
PortraitLee Oskar
h, voc, perc *1966 US
PortraitPat Rizzo
sax, fl US
PortraitPapa Dee Allen
perc, cng, voc 1931-1989 US
PortraitHarold Brown
dr, perc, voc *1946 US
PortraitCharles Miller
ts
PortraitB.B. Dickerson
voc, b *1949 US
PortraitLuther Rabb
b, voc 1942-2006 US
PortraitRonnie Hammon
dr, perc, voc
Popular Tracks   
Low Rider on Why Can't We Be Friends? by War
Why Can't We Be Friends on Why Can't We Be Friends? by War
Spill the Wine on Anthology 1970-1974 by War
Slippin' Into Darkness on Greatest Hits by War
The Cisco Kid on Greatest Hits by War
Galaxy on Galaxy by War
Don't Let No One Get You Down on Why Can't We Be Friends? by War
All Day Music on All Day Music by War
Tobacco Road on The Best of Eric Burdon & War by Eric Burdon & War
So on Why Can't We Be Friends? by War

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Band Membership
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
The Mr. K EditsWar / Jakki2016Single
EvolutionaryWar2014Album
The Music Of War 1970-1994War2013Compil.
Latin Soul Brothas RemixesWar2013Album
Keep On Doin', The Kingsmen Sigh, Junk YardWar2013Album
Icon 2 - The Hits & MoreWar2011Compil.
Icon (The Hits)War2010Compil.
Gypsy Man (Live) / House Of The Rising SunWar / Eric Burdon & The Animals2008Compil.
Greatest Hits LiveWar2008Compil.
In ConcertWar2007Album
LiveWar2007Album
Galaxy / Not TonightWar / Macho2004Album
The Very Best OfWar2003Compil.
Round And Round (Remix) / Cisco KidJonell And Method Man / Method Man & Redman Featuring Cypress Hill And War2001Album
The World Is A GhettoGeorge Benson, War, Bobby Konders2001Album
The Music Band Volume 1 & 2War1999Compil.
Slippin Into Darkness 1999War vs. Armand Van Helden1999Single
Grooves & Messages - The Greatest Hits Of WarWar1999Compil.
Evolution Of War - The Music BandWar1999Album
Galaxy 2000War1999Album
The Cisco Kid And Other HitsWar1997Compil.
Colección LatinaWar1997Compil.
L.a Sunshine / The Cisco KidWar1997Single
War Is Coming! Ⅱ - The Best Of WarWar1996Compil.
Spill The Wine (Junior Vasquez Remixes)War Featuring Eric Burdon1996Album
The Best Of War And More... Vol 2War1996Compil.
AngelWar, Lonnie Jordan1994Single
The Cisco KidsWar1994Album
AnthologyWar1994Compil.
Peace SignWar1994Album
Peace SignWar1994Album
Da RoofWar1994Album
Rap Declares War (The Single)War & Lighter Shade Of Brown / Hispanic MC's / Proper Dos / Hi-C / Kid Frost1992Single
Don't Let Know One Get You DownWar Featuring Hispanic MC's1992Single
Truth Be KnownWar1991Album
On FireWar1987Album
Low Rider (Remix)War1987Album
House Of The Rising SunEric Burdon Featuring The Animals & War1987Compil.
The Best Of War And MoreWar1987Compil.
Still In LoveWar1985Single
Bad Mutha TruckaWar1985Album
Groovin'War1985Album
Where There's SmokeWar1985Album
Life (Is So Strange)War1983Album
The Music Band JazzWar1983Album
Life (Is So Strange) / W.W. IIIWar1983Single
Just BecauseWar1982Single
OutlawWar1982Album
The Best Of The Music BandWar1982Compil.
You Got The Power / If You Read My Mind / (Love Is Just) The GameWar, Columbus Circle, Peter Brown1982Album
You Got The PowerWar1982Album
Island Of Lost Souls / You Got The PowerBlondie / War1982Single
Galaxy / Cold Turkey / New DimensionWar / Christopher Mills / Imagination1982Album
OutlawWar1982Album
OutlawWar1982Single
Baby It's Cold OutsideWar1982Single
Menergy / You Got The PowerPatrick Cowley / War1982Album
Budweiser Concert Of The MonthWar / Bar-Kays1981Album
Cinco De MayoWar1981Album
I'll Take Care Of You / The World Is A GhettoWar1980Single
War And Peace 'Slippin' Into Darkness'War1980Album
The Music Band LiveWar1980Album
I'll Be AroundWar1980Single
I'm The One Who UnderstandsWar1979Single
War Vol.1War1979Compil.
Good, Good Feelin' / GalaxyWar1979Album
The Music Band 2War1979Album
Don't Take It AwayWar1979Single
The Music BandWar1979Album
The Music Band 2 (We Are The Music Band) / Don't Take It AwayWar1979Single
Galaxy / Junkie To My MusicWar / Lonnie Jordan1978Album
Youngblood (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)War1978Album
Baby Face (She Said Do Do Do Do)War1978Single
Promotional Sampler - Not For SaleWar1978Compil.
The Original WarWar1978Compil.
Sing A Happy Song / This Funky Music Makes You Feel GoodWar1978Single
Youngblood (Livin' In The Streets)War1978Album
Hey SeñoritaWar1978Single
Platinum JazzWar1977Compil.
Galaxy / Theme Song From "Which Way Is Up"War / Stargard1977Album
GalaxyWar1977Album
Platinum FunkWar1977Album
L.A. SunshineWar1977Single
The Seven Tin SoldiersWar1977Album
GalaxyWar1977Single
Low Rider / I'll Always Love My MamaWar / The Intruders1976Single
Summer / All Day MusicWar1976Single
Greatest HitsWar1976Compil.
Greatest HitsWar1976Compil.
Greatest HitsWar1976Album
Why Can't We Be Friends?War1975Single
Why Can't We Be Friends?War1975Album
Low RiderWar1975Single
WarWar1974Single
Radio Free WarWar1974Compil.
Deliver The WordWar1973Album
Me And Baby BrotherWar1973Single
BalleroWar1973Single
Gypsy ManWar1973Single
War LiveWar1973Album
The Cisco Kid / The World Is A GhettoWar1973Single
The Cisco Kid / Over The HillWar / Blood, Sweat And Tears1973Single
Rockin' With The King / Slippin' Into DarknessCanned Heat / War1972Single
The World Is A Ghetto / Four Cornered RoomWar1972Single
Selections From "The World Is A Ghetto"War1972Single
The World Is A GhettoWar1972Album
The Cisco KidWar1972Single
WarWar1971Album
Sun Oh SonWar1971Single
All Day MusicWar1971Album
Cisco Kid / All Day MusicWar1971Single
Get Down / All Day MusicWar1971Single
Slippin' Into DarknessWar1971Single
Naughty Times / You Got The PowerWarAlbum
Greatest HitsWar + Eric BurdonCompil.
Flying Machine (The Chase) / City Country CityWarAlbum
The World Is A Ghetto / GalaxyWarAlbum
You Got The Power / OutlawWarSingle
Top Songs For Today, Vol.15Blue Magic, War, The DiversionsCompil.
Shake Your Booty / Summer / Play That Funky Music / GetawayKC & The Sunshine Band / War / Wild Cherry / Earth, Wind & FireSingle
City Country City / Hot To TrotWar / Alfredo De La FéAlbum
Summer / Why Can't We Be Friends ?WarSingle
Slippin' Into Darkness / Gypsy ManWarSingle
Me & Baby Brother / BalleroWarSingle
The Other Side Of War Warms Your HeartWarAlbum
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To all the music fans that are contributing on Discogs, MusicBrainz and Wikipedia. Thanks to Franz Flückiger for providing Storygram used to visualize band membership and together with Stefan Guggisberg for the visual data mining application ArtistAnalytics.
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