Edwin Starr

American singer and songwriter

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.[1] He was very popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Edwin Starr
Birth nameCharles Edwin Hatcher
Born(1942-01-21)January 21, 1942
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
DiedApril 2, 2003(2003-04-02) (aged 61)
Bramcote, Nottinghamshire, England
GenresSoul, disco, R&B, psychedelic soul, funk
Occupation(s)Singer songwriter
Years active1951–2003
20th Century Records

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.[2] He left a wife, Annette Mary Hatcher, a son André Hatcher, and two grandchildren Alonté Renfroe and Maryah Hatcher.




  1. Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 286. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  2. Leigh, Spencer (2003-04-03). "Obituary: Edwin Starr". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-08-14.[permanent dead link]
  3. Edwin Starr – For Sale @Discogs.com Retrieved 8-28-2011.
  4. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 524. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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