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.
“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!: