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Edwin Starr
Birth name Charles Edwin Hatcher
Born (1942-01-21)January 21, 1942
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died April 2, 2003(2003-04-02) (aged 61)
Bramcote, Nottinghamshire, England
Genres Soul, disco, R&B, psychedelic soul, funk
Occupation(s) Singer songwriter
Years active 1951–2003
Labels Ric-Tic
20th Century Records
Associated acts The Future Tones, Blinky Williams

Edwin Starr (January 21, 1942 – April 2, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He had many hit songs. His most notable song was War. The song sold over one million copies. He was very popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Starr was an African American who was born in Nashville and grew up in Cleveland.

On April 2, 2003, at the age of 61, Starr suffered a heart attack and died while taking a bath at his home in Bramcote near Nottingham. He left a wife, Annette Mary Hatcher, a son André Hatcher, and two grandchildren Alonté Renfroe and Maryah Hatcher.


  • Soul Master (1965)
  • 25 Miles (1969) (#73 US) (#9 R&B)
  • War and Peace (1970) (#52 US)(#9 R&B)
  • Involved (1971) (# 178 US)(# 45 R&B)
  • Hell Up in Harlem (1974)
  • Free to Be Myself (1975) (#43 R&B) (#210 US)
  • Clean (1979) (#80 US) (#22 R&B)
  • Happy Radio (1979) (#115 US) (#44 R&B)
  • Stronger Than You Think I Am (1979) (#203 US)
  • For Sale (1983)
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