Spill the Wine

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"Spill the Wine"
Single by Eric Burdon & War
from the album Eric Burdon Declares "War"
B-side "Magic Mountain"
Released May 1970
Format 7" 45 RPM
Genre Funk, Latin, soul
Length 4:51
Label MGM
Writer(s) War
Producer(s) Jerry Goldstein
Eric Burdon & War singles chronology
"Spill the Wine"
"Tobacco Road"

"Spill the Wine" is a 1970 song performed by Eric Burdon and the band, War.[not verified in body] It was released as a single in May 1970, backed by the non-album track "Magic Mountain", and was War's first chart hit.[not verified in body]

Song description and history[edit]

"Spill the Wine" is a 1970 song performed by Eric Burdon and the band, War.[citation needed] It first appeared on the album Eric Burdon Declares War, and runs 4:51, and its writing credits include Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, and Howard Scott.[1] It features a prevalent flute solo,[citation needed] and the sound of a woman speaking Spanish—Eric Burdon's girlfriend at the time[citation needed]—is heard in the background.[citation needed] An edited version, released as a promo single for radio stations and subsequently included on most compilations, omits the middle spoken recitation, plus one chorus.[citation needed]

The song was re-released as a single In 1996, after remixing by Junior Vasquez.[why?][citation needed]

Activity on the charts[edit]

"Spill the Wine" was War's first chart hit.[citation needed] It peaked at number 3 in the US.[citation needed] Billboard ranked the single the number 20 song of 1970.[citation needed] It was also a top 3 hit in Canada,[2] and Australia in mid-November 1970.[3] It charted at number 5 in Mexico,[4] at number 15 in the Netherlands[5] and at number 28 in Germany.[citation needed]


In the introduction to the live version of the song on Greatest Hits Live, Lonnie Jordan reveals that the inspiration for the song was a time when he spilled a glass of wine on a mixing board in the recording studio.[citation needed] Eric Burdon found the event funny, so he and Jordan used it as the inspiration for the song.[citation needed]

Use in media[edit]


"Spill the Wine" has been used in the sound tracks of the following motion pictures:


The song was used in the sound tracks of the following television episodes:


1970s through 1990s[edit]

"Spill the Wine" has been covered by:

In addition, it has been reportedly covered by:

Since 2000[edit]

In 2004, flautist Alexander Zonjic performed a cover of "Spill the Wine" for his album Seldom Blues.[12][better source needed]

San Francisco band Vinyl covered "Spill the Wine" on their album Frogshack Music Volume II in 2009, in a track featuring Sugar Pie DeSlanto and Marcus Scott.[citation needed]

The revival of the 1970s band The L.A. Carpool covered "Spill the Wine" with a Latin salsa flair in 2012, in a track that featured well-known Latin drummer Richie "Gajate" Garcia and other well-known Latin musicians.[citation needed]

On October 31, 2013, jam band Widespread Panic covered the song, opening the second set of their show at UNO arena in New Orleans, and again at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on New Year's Eve of 2013.[citation needed]

On February 23, 2014, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opened their concert at the Hope Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley of NSW, Australia, with a nine-minute version of the song, the world premiere of their version.[13]


In an 2008 interview, Lonnie Jordan referred to Eric Burdon as the first Latin rapper in pop music.[14]


  1. ^ AllMusic.com Staff (November 11, 2016). "Eric Burdon Declares "War" - Eric Burdon & War". allmusic.com. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ RPM Staff (15 August 1970). "RPM100 Singles". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. 13 (26). Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Go-Set Staff (November 14, 1970). "National Top 60 [Australia]". Go-Set. poparchives.com.au. Retrieved November 11, 2016. [Quote:] 2. Spill the Wine, Eric Burdon and War. 
  4. ^ Billboard Staff (November 28, 1970). "[Spill the Wine]" (archived print version). Billboard Magazine: p. 60. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ DutchCharts.com Staff (October 23, 2011). "Eric Burden & War - Spill the Wine" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ AllMusic.com Staff (November 11, 2016). "Givin' It Back - The Isley Brothers". allmusic.com. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ AllMusic.com Staff (November 11, 2016). "Ponderous - 2 Nu". allmusic.com. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ AllMusic.com Staff (November 11, 2016). "Brown & Proud - Lighter Shade of Brown". allmusic.com. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ AllMusic.com Staff (November 11, 2016). "Barb Wire". allmusic.com. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ AllMusic.com Staff (November 11, 2016). "Movement - B-Side Players". allmusic.com. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ AllMusic.com Staff (November 11, 2016). "Shades of Brown - Los Mocosos". allmusic.com. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ Soergel, Brian (May 25, 2004). "Alexander Zonjic Opening Restaurant and Jazz Club" (blog). Smooth Vibes Jazz. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  13. ^ Springsteen, Bruce (March 2, 2014). ""Spill The Wine" and "Seeds" (Hunter Valley 02/23/14)". self-published. Retrieved November 11, 2016 – via YouTube. 
  14. ^ Feenstra, Pete (2008). "Interview: Eric Burden". GetReadyToRock.com. Retrieved 23 October 2011. You know really Eric sang the first Latino rap song ever to be on pop radio. 

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