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 1969 and 1971, respectively. Starr’s career shifted to the United Kingdom in the 1970s, where he continued to produce music, living there until his death. Starr died on April 2, 2003, from a heart attack. He was 61.
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 . . .
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!