from motown to the uk
Edwin Starr was one of Motown’s headliners throughout the 70s. He had a #1 hit with War before moving to the UK in 1973.
Continuing to make music and release records in the UK, Edwin had a number of minor hits. He continued to tour the Northern England “soul circuit” right up to the time of his death in 2003. He was 61 years old.
- War is a hard-hitting soul song written by the Motown writers, Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong.
- War first appeared as an album track in 1969, on an record by The Temptations. When people began contacting Motown asking that the song be released as a single, it was decided that releasing The Temptations’ version might “alienate their more conservative fans,” and so, Edwin volunteered to do it.
- War hit #1 on the US singles chart and, as a blatant anti-Vietnam war song, is listed amongst the most popular protest songs ever recorded. It sat at #1 for three weeks.
- War re-entered the US singles chart in 1986 when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band released a cover version. Bruce Springsteen said of the song;
If you grew up in the sixties, you grew up with war on TV every night, a war that your friends were involved in.
- Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York, War was placed on the list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles amongst the US media.
- Edwin was nominated for a Grammy award in 1971 for War (Best R&B Male Vocal)
- In 1999, Edwin’s recording of War was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
- War lyrics.
war – edwin starr – 1970 – video
war – bruce springsteen and the e-street band – 1986 – video
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