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In 1962, the foundation of the band was laid when Howard E. Scott, and
Harold Brown formed a group called the Creators in Long Beach, California.
Within a few years, they had added Charles Miller, Morris "BB" Dickerson and
Lonnie Jordan to the lineup. Lee Oskar and Papa Dee Allen later joined as well.
They all shared a love of diverse styles of music, which they had absorbed
living in the racially-mixed Los Angeles ghettos. The Creators recorded several
singles on Dore Records while working with Jay Contreli, a saxophonist from the
band Love. In 1968, the Creators became Nightshift (named because Brown worked
nights at a steel yard) and started performing with Deacon Jones, a football
player and singer.
The original War was the brainchild of record producer Jerry Goldstein ("My
Boyfriend's Back," "Hang on Sloopy," "I Want Candy") and rocker Eric Burdon
(ex-lead singer of the top British band the Animals). Goldstein saw musicians
who would eventually become War playing at the Rag Doll in North Hollywood,
backing Deacon Jones, and he was attracted to the band's fresh authentic sound.
The year was 1969, and the band had the nerve to carry the name War at a time
when peace was the slogan in an anti-Vietnam War America. One of the founders
and singer/keyboardist Lonnie Jordan claimed that the band's goal was to spread
a message of brotherhood and harmony, using instruments and voices to speak out
against racism, hunger, gangs, crimes, and turf wars, and promote hope and the
spirit of brotherhood. Eric Burdon & War began playing live shows to audiences
throughout Southern California before entering into the studio to record their
debut album Eric Burdon Declares "War". The album's key track, the erotic,
spaced-out, Latin-flavored "Spill the Wine", was a hit and launched the band's
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