Edwin Starr was an American soul singer signed to Motown in the 1960s and 1970s.
He first formed a singing group called The Future Tones in 1957, then moved to Detroit and recorded for the local Ric-Tic label. Motown’s Berry Gordy became frustrated with smaller labels like Ric-Tic (with its premier act Edwin Starr) stealing some of the success of his company. He first tried to buy out Edwin Starr’s contract, but then just bought out the entire label, and Edwin found himself signed to Motown.
He was with the company from 1968 until 1974, scoring a massive hit with his best-known song “War” in 1970. His backing band at this point were what became the group Rose Royce, when they added a female singer and signed to Norman Whitfield‘s Whitfield Records. He moved to England in 1973 and continued to record, even reappearing on the charts with a pair of brilliant disco hits, “Contact” and “H.A.P.P.Y. Radio” in 1979.
Edwin continued to release material in the 1980s and went on to record and write for Ian Levine’s Motorcity Records. He remained a hero on England’s Northern Soul circuit (rightly so!) and continued living in England until he passed away in 2003.
Marvellous Motown currently recommends nine songs by Edwin Starr – click on the link above for our archive or click on a specific song below:
- STOP HER ON SIGHT (S.O.S.)
- HEADLINE NEWS
- GONNA KEEP ON TRYIN’ ‘TIL I WIN YOUR LOVE
- MY WEAKNESS IS YOU
- TWENTY-FIVE MILES
- FUNKY MUSIC SHO’ NUFF TURNS ME ON
The Marvels of Edwin Starr & Blinky
- I’M GLAD YOU BELONG TO ME
- I SEE A RAINBOW