Much like our previous contributor, Major Lance, Edwin Starr was at his prime during the 1960s when scored several RnB hits, and of course his pivotal "War" in 1970.
Born in Nashville TN, Charles Hatcher, as he was christened, formed his first own group in high school and after his service in the military he relocated to Detroit and signed to the fledgling Ric-Tic label. He brought with him a composition called "Agent 00-Soul" which was an instant hit and Starr was quickly up and running as a solo artist. Motown decided that RiC-Tic proved too much of a threat and bought the entire company, artists contracts and all, soon after. Although releases like "25 Miles" and "I´m Still A Struggling Man" sold fairly well, it was with the Norman Whitfield track "War" that Starr really broke out of the RnB charts and into the mainstream, being one of the most memorable performances ever. Although he never had a hit similar in size again, Starr continued to record and perform all the way up to his death in 2003, relocating to th U.K. in the 1980s. This is an early 70s recording, released whilst Starr was still signed to the Motown subsidary Gordy. Enjoy!
"Running Back And Forth"