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Can't believe its allmost ten yrs since he died where s that time gone?heard it on car radio while on holiday in lanzarote, i once sort of sang with him ,well shouted WAR when he shoved the microphone under me snozz ! Anyone else have any memories of the great man?

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We were invited to the VIP are after a gig in the 90s, he posed for photos and answered all my questions in depth and not just for me but for everyone who was there.

 

So sadly missed, a true gentleman and legend.

 

RIP (Our) Edwin

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Me and a couple of guys at his grave in Nottingham

 

 

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Didn't realise until after he'd gone that he lived about 300 yards (as the crow flies) from my in-laws near Chilwell.

 

Ed Starr documentary when he lived at Polesworth Hall near Tamworth

 

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Met him many many times over the years what a guy a true legend in every sense loved the fella to bits

My favourite live artist and always had time for his fans , had some great chats to him over the years

My favourite when he said to JJ Barnes at Leigh Casino JJ these are two of my friends Ian & Steve (Hill rip )

these two guys know more about Detroit Music than us and they ain't never been to Detroit laughin all the time...

Edwin will always be loved never forgotten...

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Met him many many times over the years what a guy a true legend in every sense loved the fella to bits

My favourite live artist and always had time for his fans , had some great chats to him over the years

My favourite when he said to JJ Barnes at Leigh Casino JJ these are two of my friends Ian & Steve (Hill rip )

these two guys know more about Detroit Music than us and they ain't never been to Detroit laughin all the time...

Edwin will always be loved never forgotten...

that was a great moment ian........what a legend he was

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He was certainly a ledgend, Did the backing disco at Whitchurch Civic with him as main act at least 4 times.

And more recentley at Queensway hall dunstable where i gave him a blown up piccy of him on stage singing

I have faith in you, And i had my piccy took with him showing the A2 size piccy, When i find it i will post.

The conversation about Scott Regan was Awsome and will stay with me forever.

Garry

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Edwin Starr....possibly the greatest 'live' performer the Motown family ever produced....methinks.....RIP...X

I had the real pleasure of DJing/compering with him in the 90's....and was close enough to know the guys genuine commitmemt to his music....and Souilies.

A good friend who was wheelchair bound introduced me to him in 1990! Roger had followed him at gigs here and there and Edwin always made an effort to come and say hello to him each time! He also sent Roger a xmas card until Roger passed away just before he did...RIP...X

 

In '94/5 I was DJing at The Ritzy in Nottingham when Edwin was appearing. I looked after him and it was the first quality time we'd spent together on our own. I told him before the gig as we had a sandwich that my favourite tune of his was My Kinda Woman and would make me all time top 20!....often considered the B side of Your My Mellow! He looked at me puzzled....and didn't have a clue what I was talking about!!!! So when we arrived at the venue....I played it to him on headphones.....and he remembered!!!! He asked me to write the lyrics down....and he sang it that night over my copy.....ooops....sorry...Shiftys copy....he'd lent me it at the time! I will never forget it!x

 

The next time we met.....was in Cottons in Stockport as shown below!

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It was a time he didn't forget either!!! He arrived at about 3am to a packed and grooving 'happening'. I was 'compering' him for the occasion and was on the decks prior to him doing his bit! His manager came to me and gave me the backing tape....which I set up on the headphones. It was quieter than the vinyl channel....so I remembered to turn the amp up....considerably....when he began his set! As usual....he rocked the joint.....and then....did his encore and I got ready with the first tune to take over. That tune was the first time out for me....and many others....King Coleman...Down In The Basement....which seemed apt....and folk were busy sharing with Edwin and stuff....so not really important to play to the masses. It's a tune Edwin never forgot!!hehe!! He was stood on a little stage/step in front of me signing/kissing sharing....and I ensured another round of applause/cheers....and then pressed start on the deck.........

 

DOOOOOOOOOWN IN THE BAAAAAAAAAAASEMENT....BOOOOOOOOMED OUT.....Edwin leapt forward.....or the pressure wave from the speakers blasted him into the crowd!.....and as he turned we made eye contact and both of us had 'shocked' looks on our faces as we captured that moment together.......!!!! I'd forgot to turn the amp down in all the excitement! Doh!x The pic captures a moment when he was still laughing about it a couple of hours later!!! LEGEND!x

 

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The last time I saw him was at Kings Lynn festival in the Town square. A luvly Summers evening and the whole Town centre was packed! He had a tape with him again....but no DJ.....and he asked if I wanted to 'fill in'. Of course I felt priviliged. He was due to be on stage for 45 minutes. 1 hour and 18 minutes later he was forcibly removed from the stage by local Police who asked for the excitement to 'calm down' as they had to police the aftermath! I'd seen Edwin over a dozen times....yet that night.....he was certainly the DB's and as good as any vinyl i;ve ever heard of his!x

 

I've worked with many of the 'Legends' of Motown/Northern.....but Edwin......was just a Soulie..........nowt else. There won't be another who shared with the people as he did....I reckon. I hope some of my above comment stirs old memory up and ensures he lives on as he deserved....as a servant to us...and his music....which we all appreciated...X RIP...X

 

LUV
SOOTY
X

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It was 2 April 2003 - so ten years to the day.

 

God bless Edwin Starr indeed.

 

And his superb rarities aside - here is his best Northern Track for me.

 

R.I.P. Edwin

 

Cheers

 

Richard

 

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Was lucky enough to see Edwin and his full band (the Team) just two weeks before he died.  Concert was at Liverpool Philharmonic (Geno Washington as support).  I think it was his last UK appearance as he performed in Germany the weekend before he died (but I'm up for correction).

 

Brilliant night, he was really on form, sang a lot more Northern than his normal set.

 

Very happy memories but gutted when he died.

 

RIP.

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What can you say about this?

 

One of the comments on the YouTube post does a good job of summing it up ... "This song is a roaring locomotive of groove" ...

 

 

Cheers

 

Richard

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War - what is it good for - absolutely nothing ...

 

Fabulous shirt Mr. H  :thumbsup:

 

 

In the docu clip I put up in post #6 check out his wardrobe at 6.15 ... and at 6.39 what looks to be that shirt is hanging on his hanger.

 

Who lives in a house like this    :lol:

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Blimey more great replies stirred up some memories eh 2002 november think it was commerdor club nottm, place were jumping,bought a live c.d. Issued by cherry red records,bin playing it last couple of weeks ,brill like hes here in room fav track darlin'darlin'baby .Polish club nottm fri 5th nite dedicated to the Starr still burning bright.

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In the docu clip I put up in post #6 check out his wardrobe at 6.15 ... and at 6.39 what looks to be that shirt is hanging on his hanger.

 

Who lives in a house like this    :lol:

 

Dave - I think you're right about that shirt - thought you meant the one he was holding but that is like a 'piano keys' design - but yes at 6.39 for about a second or so that sure looks like the shirt there on the hanger.

 

Good spot that man  :thumbup:   :lol:

 

Cheers

 

Richard

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The wife and i had the pleasure of meeting up with Edwin & Jean some years back, Edwin invited us to his fav diner in Beeston where as he shared with us his time in the business and how he made some of his records, if you see me about ask me and i will share this with you, he would not let me pay for the meal a great gent,we had our photo taken with him will cherish that always, he did say how much he loved his fans thats why he lived in the UK & because we all loved him, anyway friday night 5th.. each dj will play 2 tunes by Edwin....oh and i first saw him at the wheel i have the poster and he signed it...

Regards Mal

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I'm lucky enough to have witnessed several superb performances by the Great Man over the years......A truly Legendary artist, who always had time for his audience,both  off stage as well as on it.......Sorely missed...

Respect wilxy :hatsoff2:

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Well what can I say after all these great tributes.I was lucky enough to see the great man on a few occasions in and around Nottingham over the years.

I saw him perform at Wollaton Park for free with Geno Washington on a couple of occasions and the last time was at the Shed in Beeston in January 2003. I have a signed flyer from the night which I wil treasure forever.

The dj line up that night was Sam Moore,Pete Taylor, Billy Swain ( RIP ) and Chris King.

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One of the best records ever to come out of Detroit

 

Fabulous drumming too - anyone know who drummed on this track please?

 

There's nothing 'mellow' about this track 

 

Cheers

 

Richard

 

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Hi Richard,it would be great to think the drummer on YMM is the late great Benny Benjamin and a few more of the Funk Brothers doing one of there famous moonlights. Chris.

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One thing i forgot to mention ......Edwin mentioned he was appearing at the Apollo in Harlem, and during the filming of Shaft Richard Roundtree (hope that was who played shaft) was walking by the Apollo and the camera caught a shot of the Above door add of who was appearing and yes it was Edwin. he had tried to get a still of this and never got it sorted, well i got it done via a good mate, i had a copy of the  film, i had it printed off for Edwin but he passed away before i got it too him, but i passed it to Jean, i wish i had given this too him, i still have a copy with the signed wheel poster, which i will have with me tonight....

 

Regards Mal..................Thanks for your kind comment Richard

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His best track is " I have faith in you",got a flyer/card signed by him somewhere with " I have faith in you,Edwin" on it.

My avatar at the moment features Edwin,taken at Wigan '78.Courtesy of Dean. :thumbsup:

 

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Can't believe its allmost ten yrs since he died where s that time gone?heard it on car radio while on holiday in lanzarote, i once sort of sang with him ,well shouted WAR when he shoved the microphone under me snozz ! Anyone else have any memories of the great man?

 

Once sang "If I had a hammer" on stage with him about 1969. He was touring the UK on the back of those Ric Tic re-issues. Remember him as a wonderful man, I think he once sang in Dave Rimmer's kitchen ! anything to get out of doing the washing up !!  :thumbsup:

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Can't believe its allmost ten yrs since he died where s that time gone?heard it on car radio while on holiday in lanzarote, i once sort of sang with him ,well shouted WAR when he shoved the microphone under me snozz ! Anyone else have any memories of the great man?

 

More than ten years! April 2nd. Wow ..

 

Shed a tear when he passed, not ashamed to say.

 

Met the great man at a club in Harlow in the late 1980's. "It was ohn Ric-Tic".  :)  I saw him at the Isle of Wight as well; "Are there any scooter people in the audience". "Are there any northern soul people in the audience"?..

 

A great man and a quality Motown master.

 

Rest in peace Charlie. x

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He played a gig at a night club in Bury probably 20-25 years ago and I snogged him! I didn't mean to! He sort of went to kiss me and I went to kiss him on the cheek but our lips met and we started a proper kiss then I pulled away and ran off and my friend took the piddle for ages cos he seemed really old and she still takes it now and I still cringe but actually I should be proud and try to auction off my lips.

I also once did a similar thing with Geno Washington at the Derby Hall in Bury but I was with my husband then! I honestly didn't mean to do that one either!!

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