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War (Band)
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    (1962- )
    Formed in Compton, California
    Formed as The Creators
    Discovered by Eric Burdon in 1969 and renamed War
    1969 line-up:
    Eric Burdon-lead vocals
    Howard Scott-guitar, vocals
    Harold Brown-drums, vocals
    Leroy 'Lonnie' Jordan-keyboard, vocals
    Morris 'B.B.' Dickerson-bass, vocals
    Charles Miller-saxophone, flute, vocals
    Thomas 'Papa Dee' Allen-percussion, vocals
    Lee Oskar-harmonica, vocals
    Recorded 'All Day Music,' 'Slippin' into Darkness,' 'The World Is a Ghetto,' 'The Cisco Kid,' 'City, Country, City,' 'Gypsy Man,' 'Me and Baby Brother,' 'Why Can't We Be Friends?,' 'Low Rider,' 'Summer,' 'Outlaw,' East L.A.,' 'Cinco de Mayo' and 'Spill the Wine' (with Eric Burdon)
    Miller was murdered in a failed robbery attempt (1978)
    Allen died on stage of a brain aneurysm (1988)
    Between 1965-69, they went by several different names, including The Romeos, Señor Soul and Nightshift.
    Burdon used them as a 'next phase' band after leaving The Animals.
    Their record producer insisted they incorporate Danish born Oskar into the band.
    In 1971, Burdon left them in the middle of a European tour, rejoined them in the U.S., then quit for good.
    Dickerson quit in 1978, Oskar in 1992, and Scott and Brown in 1997.
    Since 1969, they've been though over 30 different 'non-original' band members.
    They're multifaceted, having recorded pop, funk, soul, Latin, jazz, blues, reggae, and disco music.
    'Spill the Wine' was a #3 hit on the Billboard Singles charts in 1970.
    The album 'The World is a Ghetto' sold over 3 million copies and was one of the best sellers of 1973.
    'Low Rider' is huge in the 'low rider community.'
    In The Simpsons episode where Homer is to fight boxer Dredrick Tatum, his ring entrance music is 'Why Can't We Be Friends?'
    Rappers have sampled their music, and in 1992 the album 'Rap Declares Wars' featured 2Pac, The Beastie Boys, Ice-T and De La Soul singing their songs hip-hop style.

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