Eric Burdon Covered Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For What It’s Worth’ for His 76th Birthday – Listen

Eric Burdon Covered Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For What It’s Worth’ for His 76th Birthday – Listen

Today, May 11, Eric Burdon turns 76. The longtime lead singer of the Animals and War, Burdon took the occasion to share a special recording: his spin on the Buffalo Springfield classic, “For What It’s Worth.”

In a message posted on Burdon’s official site, he explains it as follows:

“The whole idea of recording this song came as a result of a conversation I had with a young fan backstage, when she asked me, ‘Where are the protest songs today?’” he says in a statement. “Right then and there, I wanted to write to say something about the brutality that’s going on in the world today—but I couldn’t find any better way to say it than Buffalo Springfield did in ‘For What It’s Worth.’ I thought of reintroducing this classic, which is as relevant today as it was during the Vietnam war and speaks to this generation just as it spoke to mine.

“The message is clear. Racism is back, stronger than it ever has been. The struggle between the sexes is at a boiling point. Violence is out of control. Our very home planet is under threat. It’s time to grow up and take responsibility. We must wake up before it’s too late. Everything we believed in, everything people fought and died for in the ’60s, is under attack today.

“So join me, sing with me, speak out against the madness,” he continues. “We are not afraid.”

Burdon will appear on the May 11 episode the CNN series Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History at 10 p.m. (EST/PST).

Listen to the recording below – and happy birthday, Mr. Burdon!:

5 Responses to "Eric Burdon Covered Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For What It’s Worth’ for His 76th Birthday – Listen"

  1. Bennye Ann Mason   May 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Eric Burdon I really do love your singing and music

    Reply
  2. Richard   May 11, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    I like his version!

    Reply
  3. JohnB   May 11, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Beautiful song from the good old days.
    Nicely done Eric. Thanks.

    Reply
  4. Donna Garro   May 17, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    the HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN “video” is the best “video” ever! , Martin

    Reply
  5. David   September 3, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Great recording. Who are the sidemen please? and where recorded?

    Reply

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