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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 '[r=579685'. 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'.

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 "Original Lowriders" however due to legal restrictions they are not even allowed to advertise themselves as former members of the band.
 
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War April 1974 Interview
ALREADY establised in their homeland as the leaders of what we call the Rock-Soul syndrome, War is now in Europe to try to become the first of the groups to achieve the breakthrough here. Firstly, let's take a look at who War is. War is Harold Brown, drums, percussion and born in Long Beach, California, March 17, 1946; Morris "B.B.' Dickerson, bass guitarist and pianist, born in Torrance, California on August 3, 1949; Thomas 'Papa Dee' Allen, percussionist, born in Wilmington, Delaware, July ...
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War May 1979 Interview
In this exclusive interview, B&S talks to War, the Music Band, about their approach to their next ten years I CONFESS that I was tempted to call...
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War April 1975 Interview
The question that every B&S reader has been asking of late has been: Where is War? Correct me if I'm wrong, but the last War single I remember is "Bal...
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War October 1977 Interview
John Abbey talks to War's keyboard maestro, Lonnie Jordan, about their recent signing with MCA. AS EXCLUSIVELY reported in B&S, War is the l...
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