War – Edwin Starr – 1970

War-Edwin-Starr-1970Between 1965 and 2001, Edwin Starr released 45 singles, only one had significant chart success, however–War, recorded in 1969 and released in 1970.

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 fax

  • 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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