Low Rider – War | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#7) & R&B (#1); 1975

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Opportunity can knock at the oddest of times. For the members of Nightshift, it happened during a gig at North Hollywood’s rag Doll Club while they were playing backup to singer wannabe Deacon Jones, of the LA Rams. Former Animals vocalist Eric Burdon caught their performance and hired them. Changing their name to War (the guys thought it hip, not to mention controversial, to contrast a negative word with the positive force of music), the California musicians scored Spill The Wine (1970) with Burdon before going it alone. Within a year the hits started coming, including The World Is A Ghetto and The Cisco Kid. Low Rider – an infectious ode to Chicano cruising culture – marked their R&B peak. After one more big hit, Summer, the following year, War’s reign on the singles chart wound down.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Jerry Goldstein
  • Lonnie Jordan
  • Howard E. Scott

Lyrics Written by:

  • Howard Scott
  • B. B. Dickerson
  • Lonnie Jordan
  • Charles Miller
  • Lee Oskar
  • Papa Dee Allen
  • Harold Brown
  • Jerry Goldstein