Edwin Starr

~ Person

Legal name: Charles Hatcher


Edwin Starr (January 21, 1942 – April 2, 2003) was an American soul singer. Starr is famous for his Norman Whitfield-produced Motown singles of the 1970s, most notably the number one hit "War".

Starr was born in Tennessee and raised in Ohio, and later lived in Detroit while singing for Ric Tic and Motown Records. He was backed by the band that would later become known as "Black Merda". Hawkins and Veasey of the group played on most of his early hits on the Ric Tic Label. Besides "War", Starr's songs "25 Miles" and "Stop the War Now" were also major successes in the 1960s. Starr's career shifted to the United Kingdom in the 1970s, where he continued to produce music, living there until his death.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Soul Master Edwin Starr 1
1969 25 Miles Edwin Starr 1
1969 Just We Two Edwin Starr & Blinky 1
1970 War & Peace Edwin Starr 2
1971 Involved Edwin Starr 1
1977 Edwin Starr Edwin Starr 1
1978 Clean Edwin Starr 2
1986 25 Miles / War and Peace Edwin Starr 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Motown Superstar Series, Volume 3 Edwin Starr 1
1988 The Hits of Edwin Starr Edwin Starr 2
1995 Motown Legends Edwin Starr 1
1996 Early Classics: Edwin Starr Edwin Starr 1
1998 The Very Best of Edwin Starr Edwin Starr 1
2001 Edwin Starr Edwin Starr 1
2001 The Best of Edwin Starr: The Millennium Collection Edwin Starr 1
2001 The Essential Collection Edwin Starr 1
2014 Involved Edwin Starr 1
2014 Soul Master Edwin Starr 1
Edwin Star Collection Edwin Starr 1
Master Series Edwin Starr 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Agent 00 Soul: The Ultimate Live Performance Edwin Starr 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Hell Up in Harlem Edwin Starr 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Oh How Happy / Ooo Baby Baby Blinky & Edwin Starr 1
1966 Stop Her on Sight (S.O.S.) / I Have Faith in You Edwin Starr 1
1970 War Edwin Starr 1
1978 Contact / Working Song Edwin Starr 1
1979 H.A.P.P.Y. Radio Edwin Starr 1
1985 It Ain't Fair Edwin Starr 1
1987 Whatever Makes Our Love Grow Edwin Starr 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
12" Classics Edwin Starr 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Motown Legends Edwin Starr 1
Soul From Detroit City Edwin Starr 1

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