Starr was born Charles Hatcher in 1942 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was the cousin of soul music performer Roger Hatcher, but grew up in a non-musical household.
Starr formed his first group, the Future Tones, in 1957, recording one single before his three-year army service.
In 1965, he was offered a solo deal following two years of touring with another band. Starr's early hits included "Agent Double-O Soul" and "Stop Her on Sight (S.O.S)." But his biggest success came with "War," a Number 1 hit in 1970, during a time of growing anti-Vietnam War protests. Other top 10 hits included "Contact" and "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio."
Edwin Starr was a veteran of Vietnam War.â€¨He made a brief comeback during the disco craze, and later spent most of his time touring Europe on the oldies circuit. In England, Starr participated in an award-winning British Broadcasting Corporation radio series on the U.S. civil rights movement. In 1995, he was featured on a Walt Disney children's workout album entitled ‘Mousercise’. In 2002, Starr performed at the wedding of Liza Minnelli and David Gest in New York.
His last performances were at two shows in Stuttgart, Germany March 29th and 30th, 2003. He sadly passed away on April 2nd 2003, in Nottingham, England.
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