This week on Sounds of The 60’s: Rascals. Three Dog Night, Chicago, Chubby Checker, Otis Redding, Beatles, Isley Brothers, Kinks, Mary Wells, Johnny Cash, Richard Harris, Nancy Sinatra, Four Seasons, Dion, Elton John, Koko Taylor, Edwin Starr and many many more . . .
Edwin Starr (born Charles Edwin Hatcher; January 21, 1942 – April 2, 2003) was an American singer and songwriter. Starr was famous for his Norman Whitfield-produced Motown singles of the 1970s, most notably the number one hit “War”.
Starr was born in Tennessee and raised in Ohio, and later lived in Detroit while singing for Ric Tic and Motown Records. He was backed by the band that would later become known as “Black Merda”. Hawkins and Veasey of the group played on most of his early hits on the Ric Tic Label. Besides “War”, Starr’s songs “25 Miles” and “Stop the War Now” were also major successes in the 1960s. Starr’s career shifted to the United Kingdom in the 1970s, where he continued to produce music, living there until his death. – Wikipedia
Edwin Starr (January 21, 1942 – April 2, 2003) was an American soul singer. Starr is famous for his Norman Whitfield-produced Motown singles of the 1970s, most notably the number one hit “War”.
Starr was born in Tennessee and raised in Ohio, and later lived in Detroit while singing for Ric Tic and Motown Records. He was backed by the band that would later become known as “Black Merda”. Hawkins and Veasey of the group played on most of his early hits on the Ric Tic Label. Besides “War”, Starr’s songs “25 Miles” and “Stop the War Now” were also major successes in the 1960s. Starr’s career shifted to the United Kingdom in the 1970s, where he continued to produce music, living there until his death.
On April 2, 2003, at the age of 61, Starr suffered a heart attack and died while taking a bath at his home in Bramcote near Nottingham. He left a wife, Annette Mary Hatcher, a son André Hatcher, and two grandchildren Alonté Renfroe and Maryah Hatcher.
His brother Angelo Starr is now fronting the Team, the band Edwin Starr had been touring with for over 20 years. His previous band, Total Concept Unlimited, became Rose Royce after adding a female singer.
He is buried in Wilford Hill Cemetery in West Bridgford, Nottingham. His headstone reads “Agent 00 Soul”.
On the eve of election day tomorrow, “Great Soul Performances” comes your way this evening with music from: Little Anthony & the Imperials, David “Pinky” Coleman (my brother from the Laddins), Edwin Starr, the Temprees, Earth, Wind & Fire, my co-worker from WWRL, Enoch Hawthorne Gregory; the “Dixie Drifter,” Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters, Cliff Perkins & Soul Generation, Blue Magic, the Joneses, the Ohio Players, the Platters; live in concert and many, many more. Drop by at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT at the home of the “Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s, & 80s,” RadioMaxMusic.Com. “Great Soul Performances” later this evening, and don’t forget to vote tomorrow. This maybe just the most important election in our lifetime. In the words of my late brother Jimmy Castor, PEACE!
This evening, “Great Soul Performances” is dedicated to my friend from the United Kingdom, Kev Roberts. Kev is the man who turned me on to “Northern Soul.” He is also an author, who wrote the definitive book; “The Northern Soul Top 500,” as well as releasing several volumes of Northern Soul CDs. (Check them out on Amazon.Com) After the demise of the original WCBS-FM oldies format in New York City on June 3, 2005, Kev approached Bob Shannon and myself, as well as one of our former air personalities, Dick Heatherton about joining a new satellite radio station he was starting up in London to be called “VIP Radio.”
We jumped at the opportunity. “Great Soul Performances” got its start on VIP Radio. So, to salute all my friends and fans from the UK and especially Kev Roberts, it will be all “Northern Soul” tonight. Music will be coming from artists like: Jackie Wilson, Gloria Jones, Major Lance, the Supremes, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Tommy Hunt, the Spinners, Dee Dee Sharp, the Platters, Timothy Wilson, the Contours, Frankie Valli, Edwin Starr, Ike & Tina Turner and so many others.
Once again, we need music in our lives, in our ears, and in our hearts, to help blunt the tragedy of yesterday, June 12th, the day of the worst mass shooting in American history. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who lost their lives and to those who are fighting for their lives in the hospital, and all the citizens of the City of Orlando and the State of Florida. Their pain and their suffering, is our pain and suffering.
We’ll try and have some fun beginning at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. I hope you’ll be listening Kev Roberts. I’ll try and get it right. “Northern Soul” this evening at the home of the “Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s, & 80s,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
On today’s show you’ll hear: Edwin Starr, Major Lance, Earth, Wind & Fire, a brand new song from Earl Young’s Trammps, the Reflections, Jimmy Castor, the Four Tops, Jimmy Briscoe & the Little Beavers, Tavares, a profile of Baby Washington, Natalie Cole, Mavis Staples and Ruth Brown; live in concert. Once again, that’ll happen at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Please join me later for “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.com.
Would you believe, it’s the first Saturday of Spring? Well to commemorate the beginning of Spring, on “Great Soul Performances” this evening you’ll be entertained by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Cliff Perkins & Soul Generation, Edwin Starr, Sam Cooke, the Moments, Bill Cosby, Eugene Pitt (“Steppin’ Out In Front”), Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Charts, Eddie Kendricks, and the Jacksons “live in concert,” plus many more. I’ll be looking for you at 7PM ET, (following an encore performance of “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s”) 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. If you miss it, you can check out the encore performances on Monday at 10p or Wednesday at 12p (all times eastern daylight saving time) and it all happens on RadioMaxMusic.com. See Ya Later Gator!