Edwin Starr

Pencil Portrait by Antonio Bosano.

Edwin Starr Pencil Portrait
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Soul musician Edwin Starr caught the mood of the time with his 1970 hit “War!” – moving on to “Huh! Whatizzit good for? Absolutely nothing!” – and providing an anthem for the growing opposition within the United States to its war on Vietnam. Tamla Motown’s writers, Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong had composed ‘War’ with the Temptations in mind, but concerned about its effect on the group’s middle American following, label boss Berry Gordy decided it was too risky for his group. Whitfield would subsequently audition the song for Starr.

His almost hoarse vocal tone and energetic, emphatic performance would ensure chart success, the song reaching number one, and then top tenning in Britain and elsewhere in Europe. The record was nominated for a Grammy as best r ‘n’ b performance. Bruce Springsteen had a hit with a new version sixteen years later, proving once again that you can’t keep a good song down.

He continued to fare well on the R&B charts in the Seventies, though his successes in the U.S. would never match the early portion of the decade. In 1983, he relocated to England where he continued to be well received. Residing in Nottingham, a long way from his native Nashville, he would continue performing right up until his sudden death from a heart attack in 2003. Only 61, he went too early……


Edwin Starr