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Edwin Starr

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Rightly revered for the storming protest classic “War,” Edwin Starr didn’t actually need another hit to accomplish legendary status in soul circles, therefore electrifying was that single performance. Starr 1st produced his name as “Agent Double-O-Soul,” so when his agreement was used in Motown, he immediately became among the roughest, toughest vocalists around the crossover-friendly label, along with his personal debt to Wayne Brown as well as the Stax spirit shouters. Even though nothing at all else ever matched up the trend of “Battle,” Starr experienced several TOP hits around the R&B graphs over the past due ’60s and early ’70s, and in addition enjoyed a short renaissance through the disco period. Starr was created Charles Hatcher in Nashville, TN, on January 21, 1942 (his cousin was deep spirit vocalist and songwriter Roger Hatcher). He was raised in Cleveland and created a doo wop quintet known as the FutureTones while still in senior high school. They received numerous local skill competitions and also recorded an individual for a little label, but Starr was drafted in to the armed service in 1960, stalling the group’s momentum. When he came back in 1962, he attempted to get points going once again, but to no get; instead, he finished up signing up for Costs Doggett’s group being a highlighted vocalist in 1963. 2 yrs later, Starr composed what he sensed was a surefire strike within the spy-themed “Agent Double-O-Soul,” and still left Doggett’s music group to indication with Ric Tic Information and settle in Detroit. “Agent Double-O-Soul” strike the R&B TOP afterwards in 1965, and skipped the pop Best 20. Starr capitalized in the song’s novelty charm by showing up on-stage within a spy outfit complete with gadget gun, but demonstrated he was no one-trick pony by time for the very best Ten a season afterwards with “End Her on View (S.O.S.).” Motown mind Berry Gordy eventually bought out Ric Tic and had taken over its musician roster, with Starr the crown jewel. Agreement negotiations took time, but Starr rebounded along with his biggest strike however in 1969’s “25 Mls,” which reached the very best Ten on both pop and R&B graphs. The follow-up, “I’m Still a Attempting Man,” wasn’t as effective, and Starr was something of the forgotten man for many a few months. When he came back to the studio room, it had been with manufacturer Norman Whitfield, who’d been reinventing the Temptations being a psychedelic spirit act. Whitfield acquired co-written a strident anti-war protest tune, “Battle,” for the Temps’ Psychedelic Shack LP, and regardless of developing demand for an individual discharge, Motown didn’t wish the group to consider such an intense position. Whitfield recut “Battle” with Starr, as well as the causing version was probably probably the most incendiary tune Motown ever released. It zoomed to the very best from the pop graphs in 1970, and its own chorus — driven by Starr’s guttural delivery — continues to be a catch expression right now. The follow-up one, “End the War Today,” was blatantly derivative, but produced the R&B Best Five in any case, and Starr continued to property another significant strike with “Funky Music Sho’ Nuff Transforms Me On.” In 1974, he taken care of the soundtrack towards the blaxploitation film Hell Up in Harlem, a sequel towards the Adam Brown-scored Dark Caesar (Dark brown acquired originally been slated to accomplish the follow-up aswell). Having less advertising signaled that Starr’s times with Motown had been most likely numbered; he charted once again in 1975 with “Discomfort,” and bade farewell towards the label with “Who’s Best or Incorrect.” He documented albums for little brands, including 1975’s Absolve to Become Myself on Granite and 1977’s Afternoon Sunlight on GTO, before getting a fresh house on 20th Hundred years in 1978. Right here he briefly reinvented himself like a disco vocalist, rating his biggest strikes in years with 1979’s “Get in touch with” and “H.A.P.P.Con. Radio”; his last release using the label arrived in 1980. Starr relocated to the U.K. through the ’80s, saving a Marvin Gaye tribute recording for Streetwave and a small number of singles for Hippodrome over 1985-1986. His involvement within the Ferry Help charity project resulted in a cope with Virgin along with a session using the sizzling production group of Share, Aitken & Waterman, but he didn’t try their high-tech dance-pop design and instead relocated to Ian Levine’s Motown revival label Motorcity from 1989-1991. Later on he guested on dance remakes of his past strikes by Utah Saints (“Funky Music”) and Three Amigos (“25 Kilometers”), but normally recorded small until his loss of life in 2003.

Quick Facts


Full Name Edwin Starr
Died April 2, 2003, Bramcote, United Kingdom
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Education East Technical High School
Nationality American
Spouse Annette Mary Starr
Children André Hatcher
Parents William Hatcher
Siblings Angelo Starr
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs War, Twenty-Five Miles, H.A.P.P.Y. Radio, Agent Double O Soul, Oh How Happy, Stop Her on Sight, Easin' In, My Weakness Is You, Contact, Get Up Whirlpool, 25 Miles, Funky Music Sho' Nuff Turns Me On, Who's Right or Wrong, Boop Boop Song, I Just Wanna Do My Thing, Back Street, Where Is The Sound?, I Have Faith in You Baby, Ooo Baby Baby, I Have Faith in You, There You Go, Has It Happend to You Yet, Running Back And Forth, Big Papa, If My Heart Could Tell the Story, You've Got My Soul on Fire, Headline News, Love Never Dies, Darling Darling Baby, Stop the War Now, Love Is My Destination, Scott's on Swingers
Albums War & Peace, Just We Two, Hell Up in Harlem, Soul Master, Agent 00 Soul: The Ultimate Live Performance, Over And Over, Clean, 25 Miles, Involved, The Hits of Edwin Starr, The Very Best of Edwin Starr, Superstar Series Vol. 3, Motown Legends, Soul Master & 25 Miles (2 classic albums on 1 CD), 25 Miles / War and Peace, Motown Legends: War/ Twenty-five Miles, The Best of Edwin Starr: The Millennium Collection, Ain't No Stopping Us Now, A Real Star 1 - [The Dave Cash Collection], The Best Of Edwin Starr, Headline News: Live Recordings, War - The Best of Edwin Starr, Walking In Rhythm: Lively Edwin Starr Hits, The Essential Collection, I Love Edwin Starr (Live), Early Edwin Starr Hits, Motown 7" Singles No. 8, Edwin Live - [The Dave Cash Collection], 50 Greatest: Edwin Starr, A Real Star 2 - [The Dave Cash Collection], The Sound Of Edwin Starr Volume 1, It Takes Two: Edwin Starr vs. James Brown, Master Series, Motown Superstar Series, Volume 3, The Sound Of Edwin Starr Volume 2, Edwin Star Collection, Edwin Starr, Early Classics: Edwin Starr
Movies Blue Juice, Hell Up in Harlem


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
XOXO 2016 writer: "Everybody Needs a 303"
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016 performer: "War"
Britain's Got More Talent 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Billions TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
I Believe in Miracles 2015 Documentary performer: "Twenty Five Miles"
Northern Soul 2014 performer: "Back Street", "Time" / writer: "Time"
Ochéntame... otra vez 2014 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Grudge Match 2013 performer: "War"
Britain's Got Talent 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Scandal 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Canada Sings 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Misfits TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
20 to 1 2008-2010 TV Series documentary performer - 3 episodes
Entourage 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Blood: The Last Vampire 2009 performer: "War"
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series 1 episode
American Swing 2008 Documentary writer: "Oh How Happy"
Tropic Thunder 2008 performer: "War"
Eddsworld 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Disco 2008 performer: "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio" / writer: "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio"
Rush Hour 3 2007 performer: "War"
The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury 2006 TV Movie documentary performer: "War"
My Name Is Earl 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sunday Driver 2005 Documentary performer: "Easin' In" - as Edwinn Starr
Embedded 2005 Video performer: "WAR"
Guy X 2005 performer: "25 Miles", "War" / writer: "25 Miles"
Road Trip TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
New York Minute 2004/I performer: "War"
Starsky & Hutch 2004 performer: "Easin' In"
Monkey Dust 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
High Heels and Low Lifes 2001 performer: "War"
Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible 2000 TV Movie documentary performer: "War"
Steal This Movie 2000 performer: "War"
Popular TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
Family Law 1999 TV Series performer: "War" / writer: "War"
A Room for Romeo Brass 1999 performer: "Twenty Five Miles"
Rush Hour 1998 performer: "War"
54 1998 performer: "Contact" / writer: "Contact"
Small Soldiers 1998 performer: "War"
Lost in Space 1998 performer: "Everybody Needs a 303" / writer: "Everybody Needs a 303"
The Simpsons 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kiss Me, Guido 1997 performer: "Contact", "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio" / writer: "Contact", "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio"
Dead Presidents 1995 performer: "Twenty-Five Miles" / writer: "Twenty-Five Miles"
Blue Juice 1995 performer: "Movin' On Up", "The Price Of Pain" / writer: "The Price Of Pain" - as Starr
Backdraft 1991 performer: "War"
The Wonder Years 1990 TV Series performer - 1 episode
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 performer: "War"
Adventures in Babysitting 1987 lyrics: "Twenty Five Miles" / music: "Twenty Five Miles" / performer: "Twenty Five Miles"
Married with Children 1987 TV Series 1 episode
One More Saturday Night 1986 performer: "War"
6.20 Soul Train TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1985 writer - 1 episode, 1985
WKRP in Cincinnati TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1981 writer - 1 episode, 1981
Playboy's Roller Disco & Pajama Party 1979 TV Special performer: "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio" - uncredited / writer: "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio" - uncredited
Pacific Inferno 1979 performer: "WAR"
Top of the Pops TV Series performer - 4 episodes, 1979 writer - 4 episodes, 1979
Hell Up in Harlem 1973 performer: "Ain't It Hell up in Harlem?", "Easin' In", "Big Papa", "Love Never Dies Helen's Love Theme", "Don't It Feel Good to Be Free", "Jennifer's Love Theme", "Mama Should Be Here Too", "Like We Used to Do" - uncredited
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don't Forget the Motorcity 2008 Video
Blue Juice 1995 Ossie Sands

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hell Up in Harlem 1973 performer: songs

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
London by Night 2009 TV Movie Himself
S.O.U.L.--Sounds of Underground London 2003 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
American Soundtrack: Rhythm, Love and Soul 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
We Are Family 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2002 TV Series Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2002 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
GMTV 2002 TV Series Himself
Liquid News 2001 TV Series Himself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 1999 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
Viaje con nosotros 1988 TV Series Himself
Everyman 1985 TV Series documentary
6.20 Soul Train 1985 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1979 TV Series Himself
Soul Train 1972-1979 TV Series documentary Guest / Himself - Guest
The Midnight Special 1974-1979 TV Series Himself
Musikladen 1976 TV Series
Top à... 1972 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1971 TV Series Himself
Lift Off 1970 TV Series Himself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1966 TV Series Himself
Where the Action Is 1965-1966 TV Series Himself
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
20 to 1 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 2 2003 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1979-1987 TV Series Himself

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