Famed for his chart topping 1970 version of "War" - which went on to became the most played protest song of all time - Edwin Starr was a hero on England’s Northern Soul circuit, an energetic performer with his band The Team, right up to his untimely death in 2003, at the age of 61.
On the 2nd April, in tribute to the soul legend, The Jazz Café (London) will host an evening of his life and music, Edwin Starr 10 Years On... Celebrating The Life And Music Of The Soul Legend, ten years to the day of his death. The Team, with Edwin's younger brother Angelo on lead vocals, will lead the tributes along with a host of Edwin's friends, peers and special guests.
Before becoming an adopted hero of the UK Northern Soul scene, Starr began his career in Detroit as Agent Double-O-Soul (1965). When his contract was transferred to the legendary record label Motown, he instantly became one of the more dynamic vocalists on the crossover-friendly label, following in the footsteps of James Brown and the Stax soul shouters. He enjoyed a run of hits including "Twenty Five Miles" (1969), "Way Over There" (1969), "I’m Still A Struggling Man" (1969) and the timeless classic, "War" (1970). He also made a successful transition to Disco with classic dance records like "Contact" (1979), "H.A.P.P.Y Radio" (1979) and "Get Up Whirlpool" (1980).
On fronting The Team Angelo said, "The fans were always very kind with their praise for Edwin, and indeed for The Team during our many years as his live band. In fact, it was their suggestion that The Team should continue Edwin's legacy since we'd always been such a large part of the overall show. Perhaps because I would sometimes get called forward to perform a song or two in Edwin's show, it ultimately lead to our decision that I would 'step forward' to front The Team rather than drafting in someone new".
On life after Edwin he said, "In the early days, it took a little while to assure ourselves that we still wanted to carry on. But as time carried on, we all found that being The Team wasn't just 'what we do' - it was 'who we are'. Furthermore, we all still had things that we wanted to achieve as a band - some we'd inherited from our days with Edwin, and some from the renewed energy of recording our own record, Keeping The Faith."
Tickets are £15 in advance. £18 on door