The best rock songs of the 70s (Edwin Starr – War)

in Dance and music2 months ago

In August and September 1970, one of the most influential and popular protest songs in music history reached number one: Edwin Starr's "War", this long-running song The Song of Decline has been covered by major artists. like Bruce Springsteen. Interestingly, Starr became a star because Gordy Records of Motown (where Temptations originally recorded it) believed that such a politicized track represents a risk to a prestigious group like Temptations.

The great Motown duo Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong created "War" in 1969. They are one of the authors of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), but their new creation is doomed to the temptation .

The Temptations recorded the song, but did not release it as a single. They included it in the LP "Psychedelic Shack" released in March 1970. But the song was not ignored, many listeners wrote to Motown asking the record company to release "War" as a single. The last thing Motown founder Berry Gordy wanted to do was ask The Temptations, one of Motown's biggest bands, to bring up such a polarizing political issue, and in the end they decided to be Edwin Starr, the new Motown artist.

On August 29, 1970, "War" ranked first on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart and held this position for three consecutive weeks. This song became one of the most recognized protest songs at the time, and was often sung at rallies and demonstrations against the Vietnam War. Furthermore, his success made Starr a soul activist. Other singles like "Stop the war immediately" and "Who is the leader of the people" tried to make the most of it, but none of them could achieve the success of his predecessor.

When Springsteen and Frankie went to Hollywood to report on it, their influence and legacy lived on for generations.

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