Personalities | Edwin Starr | Sixties | Rock

(Vocals, 1942–2003)

Starr’s early singing career was interrupted when he was drafted in 1960. He finally broke with 1965 Bond novelty ‘Agent Double-O Soul’ and its follow-up ‘Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.)’. He had a powerful, rough voice that will be remembered for the 1970 anti-Vietnam hit ‘War’, originally a Norman Whitfield song for The Temptations. Starr enjoyed a disco comeback in 1979 with two UK Top 10 entries, ‘Contact’ and ‘H.A.P.P.Y. Radio’. He made high-profile guest recordings with Utah Saints (2000) and Jools Holland (2002).

Styles & Forms | Sixties | Rock
Personalities | Steppenwolf | Sixties | Rock

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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