War

With its multi-ethnic line-up, and groundbreaking facility with genres, including jazz, rock, funk, soul, R&B and Latin, WAR may well be the quintessential Los Angeles street band. Since its beginning with Eric Burdon, the group—discovered by producer/writer Jerry Goldstein in a San Fernando Valley bar backing up football star Deacon Jones—has accumulated 17 gold, platinum and multi-platinum honors, seven Top 10 pop hits and eight Top 10 R&B hits, including “Low Rider,” “Spill the Wine,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “The Cisco Kid,” “The World is a Ghetto,” “Gypsy Man” and “Summer.”