Eric Andersen (born February 14, 1943) is an Norwegian-American singer-songwriter.
Eric Andersen was born in Pittsburgh. In the early-1960s, he was part of the Greenwich Village folkscene in New York. His best-known songs from that time are ?Violets of Dawn,? ?Come to My Bedside? and ?Thirsty Boots? (the latter was recorded by Judy Collins and several others).
In 1964 he made his debut at Gerdes Folk City in the form of a live audition for Vanguard Records and later that year performed at the Newport Folk Festival. On both ocasions, he was, ironically, preceded by Jose Feliciano, who was also making his debut performances. In 1966 he starred in the Andy Warhol movie Space.
During 1970 he took part in the Festival Express tour across Canada with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band and others.
1972 saw Andersen sign with Columbia and issue his most commercially successful album Blue River. His career was thought to be on an upswing. However, the master tapes of his follow-up album Stages were lost before the album could be released, resulting in his losing much of the momentum he had gained with Blue River. (The Stages tapes were found nearly two decades later and issued in 1991 as Stages: The Lost Album.) He parted ways with Columbia soon thereafter, and recorded sporadically for a number or labels throughout the remainder of the 1970s and into the early 1980s. In 1975 he performed at the opening show of the Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, at Gerde's Folk City in New York, and again in Niagara Falls.