War

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1996 (The 1997 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2009   2012   2015   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2024 (ranked #206) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
The World Is A Ghetto (1972)
Why Can't We Be Friends? (1975)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Spill The Wine (1970)
Slippin' Into Darkness (1971)
The Cisco Kid (1972)
Low Rider (1975)
Why Can't We Be Friends? (1975)

War @ Wikipedia

War Videos

Will War be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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40 comments so far (post your own)

They may never get in but The World is a Ghetto album is one of the best of all time.

Posted by AZ Dave on Sunday, 03.4.07 @ 10:57am


War perfectly combined jazz and funk

Posted by James on Sunday, 04.8.07 @ 18:08pm


These guys deserve it. Their influence can be heard in artists ranging from Bob Marley to Blues Traveller. Their musicmanship was in a class all their own in a genre of music where top playing was almost a requirement. Songs like "The World is a Ghetto" and "Gypsy Man" are so deep and rich. And on top of all that, "Low Rider" is too pervasive in our popular culture to just ignore. It all depends on the whims of the voting body... and in that light, this could take a while.

Posted by JIrish on Friday, 09.14.07 @ 19:27pm


I feel confident that they will be inducted within next 5 years. Should have happened long ago.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 08:10am


If Lonnie Jordan of WAR and Jerry Goldstein don't give up their greed in keeping the name WAR to themselves, I'm sorry to say we TRUE fans of their music will never see them in the R&RHOF. They are unfortunately diluting the sound of what was once WAR at their concerts. For the real deal and the soul of WAR (the name) you have to check out The Lowrider Band.com, and in concert if you get the opportunity. Delivering the word!

Posted by LowriderBandfan on Sunday, 05.4.08 @ 10:20am


Lotus Blossom...War was one of Funk's most eclectic groups.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 05.5.08 @ 13:37pm


War,,, From Eric Burdon ... to War lone.. yes..

Posted by Tinman on Thursday, 09.11.08 @ 15:42pm


As I had mentioned War is RHOF stuff.. From Eric to just War..Many on this forum were sleeping and not thinking...
I do not know if they will make RHOF but I was on target most were not..You laughed on my Beach Boys as the best Surf band...
You need to keep your eye on the game ...

Posted by mrtinman on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 14:23pm


If War is inducted would Eric Burdon be included?

Does he deserve a second induction, his first being as a member of the Animals??

Posted by interviewer on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 14:44pm


I'd say Eric Burdon deserves a 2nd induction

Posted by Keebord on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 18:21pm


War: An unfathomable, and unconscionable, pick. In a year of weak nominees, this is easily the weakest. What is it, like a token ethnic pick?
Posted by MBI on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 11:16am

Wow, what a racist loser thing to say!

Of all the artists to be inducted to the RRHOF, WAR is a most deserving and way overdue nominee. They have been around for 40 years influencing different genres of music artists with their mix of rock,soul,blues,jazz,funk, basically a WAR sound. Their music is in countless movies and commercials and has been sampled by many artists. WAR's song "Why Can't We Be Friends" was played in space when NASA beamed it to the linking of Soviet Cosmonots and U.S astronauts in 1975. For your info MBI, the original WAR band actually has (god forbid to you) a white guy, the most bad ass harmonica player on earth, Mr. Lee Oskar, so there goes your "token ethnic pick" theory.

WAR was the last band to jam with Jimi Hendrix the night before he died.

Like I said in an earlier post, even if you're not a WAR fan I can definitely guarantee you know or have heard a WAR song, unless you have been under a rock for 40 years or were born yesterday, and that's still no excuse.

Here is a list of some of WAR's hits and I dare anyone to say that they haven't heard even one.

"Why Can't We Be Friends" (dedicated to MBI)-not
"Lowrider" (George Lopez theme song)
"Spill The Wine" w/Eric Burdon
"All Day Music"
"Summer"
"The World Is A Ghetto"
"Cisco Kid"
"Slippin" Into Darkness"
"Cinco De Mayo"
"They Can't Take Away Our Music" w/Eric Burdon
"Galaxy" (heard and saw Ellen Degeneres dancing to this one a few month's back).
etc., etc.......

I hope the original members of WAR get their way past due recognition and get inducted.

Posted by Lowrider Band Fan on Friday, 10.3.08 @ 11:45am


Agree with your commentary, Lowrider Band Fan. On your list of great War songs, you should also include 'Tobacco Road'.

I'm feeling really good about them getting in.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 10.3.08 @ 12:14pm


War yes yes War

Posted by Warrior on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 18:12pm


Why doesn't Procol Harem get nominated. Every one of their albums were great. "Whiter Shade of Pale" is on quite a few top 50 songs of all time. They were "art rockers" in the vein of Pink Floyd and Yes.

Posted by GB on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 00:33am


No love for War this year. But I honestly didn't think it would happen. Bobby Womack's induction is a surprise for me though.

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:15pm


Man, I'm in shock that WAR is not inducted already. They were a strong part of the 70s music movement and influenced a great deal of artist, man. All Day Music, Cisco Kid, Slippin Into Darkness, Spill the Wine, Galaxy, Why Can't We Be Friends, Low Rider, Summer Time, Outlaw, can I go on? You can't tell me these brothas(yes, that includes Oskar, that's a white brotha lol) don't deserve to get inducted.

Posted by JUICEMAN on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 13:20pm


They should be inducted next year,if all goes well.

Posted by S.R on Sunday, 03.8.09 @ 14:28pm


They should be inducted next year,if all goes well.

Posted by S.R on Sunday, 03.8.09 @ 14:28pm


I hope so They better have Eric Burdon as part of it..

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 03.8.09 @ 15:19pm


who didn't War influence?

Posted by Michael on Sunday, 03.29.09 @ 19:06pm


If you listen to "Slipping Into Darkness' you can hear the genesis of Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 01.2.10 @ 12:33pm


Yes,WAR deserves to be inducted.One of the funkiest bands ever.Have you ever seen them in concert? Damn,they just cooked! As for Eric Burdon,of course he deserves to be inducted.He just wasnt an Animal or the perfect vocalist to front WAR.He is rock&roll.Sung with an intensity very few could equal.Someone tell me who could out-sing him?

Posted by warrior-poet on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 12:31pm


"who didn't War influence?" - Michael

Do you really want me to answer that?

Anyway, I could go either way with them, though "Low Rider" is a lot of fun.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 05.28.10 @ 18:09pm


War is funk royalty.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 09.27.11 @ 16:18pm


WAR

Lee Oskar
Lonnie Jordan
Harold Brown
Howard Scott
Papa Dee Allen
B.B. Dickerson
Charles Miller
Eric Burdon

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.8.11 @ 21:24pm


Was Eric Burdon considered a full member of War or was he just a duet partner? Would Eric Burdon be inducted with War for Spill the Wine, among other songs?

Posted by Roy on Friday, 11.2.12 @ 07:27am


Pretty sure Mr. Burdon was a full fledged member & will be inducted with them when that happy day arrives.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 11.2.12 @ 08:00am


It is a TRAVESTY that WAR has yet to be inducted into The RRHOF.
I think that Jerry Goldstein has a lot to with that. I don't thing the RRHOF wants any problems on stage and they probably don't know how to address the fact that WAR still tours with a bunch of hired hands. Lonnie Jordan is the ONLY founding member still in the band WAR. The other surviving members (Lee Oskar, Harold Brown, Howard Scott and BB Dikerson) tour as The Lowrider Band.

Posted by el_callejero on Tuesday, 03.12.13 @ 16:21pm


Ray's annual exercise in blind stereotyping

Posted by dezmond on Tuesday, 10.28.14 @ 20:52pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpWmlRNfLck

War wasn't recorded by War. War was recorded by Edwin Starr.

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!

Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.30.14 @ 16:16pm


Not to be confused with Edwin Starr.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.30.14 @ 18:14pm


It's hard to imagine War hasn't yet been inducted into the Rock and Hall of Fame. They fused Latin and African music with their unique blend of funk and rock. They had massive hits--"Spill the Wine," "The Cisco Kid," "Slippin' Into Darkness," "Low Rider," and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" They had a distinct sound all the while writing songs with sociopolitical messages. The problem with War is most people think their discography is too small for induction ("Low Rider" is the one that everyone immediately thinks of; great song but there's so much more from their catalogue). This is truly madness, given their influences on contemporary musicians.

Many people have commented whether Eric Burdon deserves to be inducted with War (if that happens). Absolutely for a number of reasons. Just listen to "Spill the Wine" and that enough is a convincing argument for Burdon. Plus the Rock Hall loves having 2+-time inductees and this would be perfect. The other problem with War is who from the band would you induct? A lot of musicians came and gone in War, so narrowing it down would be tough for the Rock Hall (and bound for controversy among War's fans).

I fully predict War to be once again nominated for 2016 and hopefully they will get in this time. After all, I think the 2016 ceremony will take place in L.A. and this has to be their best shot of getting in, given their California roots. It would awesome for Burdon to reunite with War once again.

Posted by Nick on Sunday, 02.22.15 @ 13:57pm


It's hard to imagine War hasn't yet been inducted into the Rock and Hall of Fame. They fused Latin and African music with their unique blend of funk and rock. They had massive hits--"Spill the Wine," "The Cisco Kid," "Slippin' Into Darkness," "Low Rider," and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" They had a distinct sound all the while writing songs with sociopolitical messages. The problem with War is most people think their discography is too small for induction ("Low Rider" is the one that everyone immediately thinks of; great song but there's so much more from their catalogue). This is truly madness, given their influences on contemporary musicians.

Many people have commented whether Eric Burdon deserves to be inducted with War (if that happens). Absolutely for a number of reasons. Just listen to "Spill the Wine" and that enough is a convincing argument for Burdon. Plus the Rock Hall loves having 2+-time inductees and this would be perfect. The other problem with War is who from the band would you induct? A lot of musicians came and gone in War, so narrowing it down would be tough for the Rock Hall (and bound for controversy among War's fans).

I fully predict War to be once again nominated for 2016 and hopefully they will get in this time. After all, I think the 2016 ceremony will take place in L.A. and this has to be their best shot of getting in, given their California roots. It would awesome for Burdon to reunite with War once again.

Posted by Nick on Sunday, 02.22.15 @ 13:57pm


If War is ever included in the Rock n Roll hall of fame it should be the original members all of them! If they were not together as they were they would not have done what they were able to do, it was the combination of Howard Scott, Harold Brown, Lee Oscar and BB Dickerson and the late Charles Miller and Papa Dee that made them who they are NOT just LONNIE JORDAN and far out productions , they deserve the recognition as they were, not what WAR is today which is a washed down version and the songs were made by the original members! Thanks

Posted by rocky on Friday, 04.3.15 @ 23:17pm


It's a genuine pity these guys haven't been inducted yet. They had a run of hits from 1970 - 1976 that were all over the pop charts as well as the R&B charts. A little funk, a little rock, a little Latin influence. They weren't Funkadelic, they weren't Earth Wind & Fire, and they weren't Sly, but they had a little bit of all of them rolled into one. One day, hopefully, someone will consider them.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 04.4.15 @ 10:53am


War has had asouthern calif lowrider cult folowing Lee Oskar is a harmonica legend much deserved recognition

Posted by David Lewis on Thursday, 08.20.15 @ 01:25am


War, What Is It Good For is not by War, it's by Edwin Starr.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.15.15 @ 08:40am


One of the Greatest groups of the 70's! They were the sound of that generation!

Posted by Jeffery Washington on Thursday, 01.21.16 @ 12:25pm


Listening to City Country City as I write this. I hope they make it in before I die!

Posted by GV Dennis on Thursday, 04.14.16 @ 18:07pm


Must say I'm surprised they are not in. Just gotta think they'll make it some time. Too many great songs.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 04.15.16 @ 07:09am


We have to wait until War is inducted to see if Eric Burdon is considered a member of War and included as an inductee.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.11.16 @ 05:36am


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