Spill The Wine – Eric Burdon and War

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………on September 28th of 1970 Eric Burdon And War are awarded a Gold record for “Spill the Wine”. Eric Burdon sang lead on this track. Before Burdon joined, the group was known as Nite Shift and was playing backup for Deacon Jones, a former US football player who was trying to become a Soul singer. The group was re-named War and played with Burdon for two albums, both credited to “Eric Burdon and War.” Due to contractual intricacies, Burdon was not credited as a songwriter on this or any of the other songs he worked on with War. Harold Brown, who was the drummer and a founding member of War, told us that record executive Steve Gold arranged for War and Eric Burdon to record together. This is widely believed to be about, or at least heavily influenced by drugs. According to Brown, this song celebrates women: “All ladies are beautiful. You’ve got to look at them. God, I believe, put all of us here and made us all different so we could be like the flowers, you know. Like women. I look at them as beautiful flowers. Even when they get older, the flowers and so on, and that’s what it really boils down to, they can be skinny, big, fat, I’ve seen some fine voluptuous women. And then I’ve seen some that are skinny, and if you look at them, they could be beautiful, depending on personality and stuff.” Jimi Hendrix’ former girlfriend sang backup. Hendrix was managed by Animal’s bass player Chas Chandler. This song features a harmonica, flute, and conga drums. The song peaked at #3 in the US. It failed to chart in the UK.