Edwin Starr

Edwin Starr

  • 15 Jan 10:23
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After cutting his teeth in the soul vocal group, The Future Tones, Charles Hatcher joined the Army. Upon his discharge, he began working as a musician once again - this time with Bill Doggett and, later, Ric Tic Records. This was in 1965, and shortly thereafter he reinvented himself as Edwin Starr and made his debut with the novelty hit, Agent Double-O-Soul, which shot into the USA Top 30 hit. Starr really pushed the single, enlisting Sean Connery to appear in a short promo, before repeating the success with the memorable Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.). His popularity only got bigger, particularly in Britain, where his style proved extremely popular - so much so, in fact, that when he no longer found himself able to crack his home country, he moved to Nottingham. He continued to enjoy sporadic success with hits such as Contact and H.A.P.P.Y. Radio in 1979, and later on, It Ain’t Fair. In 2000, he teamed up with Utah Saints to record a new version of Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On. He died in 2003 of a heart attack.

Influenced By: Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson, Barrett Strong, Arthur Alexander, Sam Cooke...

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