Edwin Starr, singer
birth name: Charles Hatcher

Edwin Starr

January 21, 1942, Nashville, TN ~ April 2, 2003, Bramcote, England

Rightly revered for the storming protest classic War, Edwin Starr didn't really need another hit to achieve legendary status in soul circles, so electrifying was that single performance. Starr first made his name as Agent Double-O-Soul, and when his contract was transferred to Motown, he instantly became one of the roughest, toughest vocalists on the crossover-friendly label, with his debt to James Brown and the Stax soul shouters. Even if nothing else ever matched the phenomenon of War, Starr had several Top Ten hits on the R&B charts over the late '60s and early '70s, and also enjoyed a brief renaissance during the disco era. ~ Allmusic: Edwin Starr ~ retrieved January 19, 2014 © Allmusic

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The song which began his career was Agent Double'O'Soul (1965), a reference to the James Bond films popular at the time. Other early hits included Headline News, Back Street, a cover of The Miracles Way Over There, and S.O.S. (Stop Her on Sight). He recorded more soul music for the next three years before having an international hit in 25 Miles (1968), which peaked at #6 in the United States the following year. The biggest hit of his career, which cemented his reputation, was the Vietnam War protest song War (1970). Starr's intense vocals transformed a Temptations album track into a #1 chart success, which spent three weeks in the top position on the US Billboard charts, an anthem for the antiwar movement and a cultural milestone that continues to resound in movie soundtracks and hip hop music samples. ~ Wikipedia: Edwin Starr ~ retrieved January 17, 2014 © WIkipedia

Edwin Starr ~ War ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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