|Single by Edwin Starr|
from the album War & Peace
|Released||June 9, 1970|
|Recorded||Hitsville USA (Studio A); spring 1970|
|Edwin Starr singles chronology|
"War" is a soul song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Motown label in 1969. Edwin Starr ( January 21, 1942 – April 2, 2003) was an American Soul music Singer. Events 53 - Roman Emperor Nero marries Claudia Octavia 62 - Claudia Octavia commits Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. "Hitsville USA" was the nickname given to Motown Records ' first headquarters A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Psychedelic soul is a concept used to categorize music that features elements of Psychedelic rock and soul / Funk music In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music "Motown" redirects here For the city see Detroit Michigan. A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both Barrett Strong (born February 5 1941, West Point, Mississippi) is an American Singer and Songwriter. In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing Edwin Starr ( January 21, 1942 – April 2, 2003) was an American Soul music Singer. Soul music is a Music genre that combines Rhythm and blues and Gospel music, originating in the United States. Norman Jesse Whitfield ( May 12, 1940  &ndash September 16, 2008) was an American Songwriter and producer, best Barrett Strong (born February 5 1941, West Point, Mississippi) is an American Singer and Songwriter. "Motown" redirects here For the city see Detroit Michigan. Events Perhaps the two most famous musical events of 1969 were concerts Whitfield produced the song, a blatant anti-Vietnam War protest, with The Temptations as the original vocalists. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia The Temptations (sometimes abbreviated as The Temps or The Tempts) are a Grammy -winning vocal group that achieved fame as one of the most successful After Motown began receiving repeated requests to release "War" as a single, Whitfield re-recorded the song with Edwin Starr as the vocalist, deciding to withhold the Temptations' version so as not to alienate their more conservative fans. Edwin Starr ( January 21, 1942 – April 2, 2003) was an American Soul music Singer. Starr's version of "War" was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970, and is not only the most successful and well-known record of his career, but is also one of the most popular protest songs ever recorded. See Billboard (Turkish magazine Billboard is a weekly American Magazine devoted to the Music industry Events Charles Wuorinen, aged 32 becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. A protest song is a Song which Protests against perceived problems in Society. Its power was reasserted when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took their rendition into the Top 10 in 1986. See also Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 Events January
The Temptations' version of "War", featuring Paul Williams and Dennis Edwards on lead vocals, was much less intense than the hit version more familiar today. Paul Williams ( July 2, 1939 – August 17, 1973) was an American second Tenor / Baritone Singer Dennis Edwards (born February 3, 1943) is an American soul and R&B singer most noted for being one of Motown act Williams and Edwards deliver the song's anti-war, pro-peace message over a stripped-down instrumental track, with bass singer Melvin Franklin chanting a repeated boot camp-like "hup, two, three, four" in the background during the verses. Melvin Franklin (born David Melvin English October 12 1942 &ndash February 23 1995) was an American bass Singer
The song was included as a track on the March 1970 Psychedelic Shack album, which featured the title track as its only single. Psychedelic Shack is a 1970 album by The Temptations for the Gordy ( Motown) label which represents the Temptations' full-blown submergence into psychedelia "Psychedelic Shack", released December 28, 1969, is a 1970 hit single for the Motown label performed by The Temptations and produced The track's direct message, summarized by its chorus ("War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin'!"), struck a nerve with the American public, many of whom protested the war in Vietnam. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Fans from across the nation, many of them college students and other young people, sent letters to Motown requesting the release of "War" as a single. College ( Latin collegium) is a term most often used today to denote an Educational Institution. The label didn't want to risk the image of its most popular male group, and the Temptations themselves were also apprehensive about releasing such a potentially controversial song as a single. The label decided to withhold "War"'s release as a single, a decision that Whitfield fought until the label came up with a compromise: "War" would be released, but it would have to be re-recorded with a different act.
Edwin Starr, who had become a Motown artist in 1968 after his former label, Ric-Tic, was purchased by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr., became "War's" new vocalist. Events January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with Berry Gordy Jr (born November 28, 1929, Detroit Michigan) is an American Record producer, and the founder of the Motown Considered among Motown's "second-string" acts, Starr had only one major hit, 1968's number-six hit "Twenty-Five Miles", to his name by this time. Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
He heard about the conflict surrounding the debate of whether or not to release "War," and volunteered to re-record it. Whitfield re-created the song to match Starr's James Brown-influenced soul shout: the single version of "War" was dramatic and intense, depicting the general anger and distaste the antiwar movement felt towards the war in Vietnam. James Joseph Brown Jr (May 3 1933 – December 25 2006 commonly referred to as "The Godfather of Soul" the "King of Funk" and "The A peace movement is a Social movement that seeks to achieve ideals such as the ending of a particular war (or all wars minimize inter-human violence in a particular place or Unlike the Temptations' original, Starr's "War" was a full-scale Whitfield production, with prominent electric guitar lines, clavinets, a heavily syncopated rhythm accented by a horn section, and with Whitfield's new act The Undisputed Truth on backing vocals. An electric guitar is a type of Guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into an electrical current which is made louder A Clavinet is an electrophonic Keyboard instrument manufactured by the Hohner company In a Symphony orchestra the horn section is the group of musicians who play the horn (sometimes referred to as the French horn a brass instrument descended
Upon its release in June 1970, Starr's "War" became a runaway hit, and held the number-one position on the Billboard Pop Singles chart for three weeks, in August and September 1970. See Billboard (Turkish magazine Billboard is a weekly American Magazine devoted to the Music industry Events Charles Wuorinen, aged 32 becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. It replaced "Make It With You" by Bread, and was replaced by another Motown single, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross. Bread was a 1970s rock / pop band from Los Angeles, California. " Ain't No Mountain High Enough " is an R&B / soul Song written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 Diana Ross (born March 261944 is an American twelve-time Grammy and Oscar -nominated singer Record producer and actress whose musical repertoire
Notable as the most successful protest song to become a pop hit, earning compliments from contemporary protester John Lennon, "War" became Edwin Starr's signature song. Rather than hinder his career (as it might have done for the Temptations), "War" buoyed Starr's career, and he adopted the image of an outspoken liberal orator for many of his other early-1970s releases, including the similarly-themed "Stop the War Now" from 1971. This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. It and another 1971 single, "Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On," continued Starr's string of Whitfield-produced psychedelic soul hits. After 1971, Starr's career began to falter, and, citing Motown's reliance on formulas, he departed the label in the mid-1970s.
Later in his career, after moving to the United Kingdom, Starr re-recorded several of his hits with British band Utah Saints. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located This page is for the English dance band for the American Indoor Football Association team see Utah Saints (AIFA. Starr's new version of "War" in 2003 was his final recording; he died on April 2 of the same year of a heart attack. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Events 68 - Galba, Governor of Hispania, names himself legatus senatus populique Romani, breaking the line of Myocardial infarction ( MI or AMI for acute myocardial infarction) also known as a heart attack, occurs when the blood supply Ironically, his death came 13 days after the start of the still-controversial Iraq War, which has drawn endless comparisons to the Vietnam War. The Iraq War, also known as the Second Gulf War, the Occupation of Iraq, or the War in Iraq, is an ongoing Military campaign
In 1999, Edwin Starr's "War" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have "qualitative
|Single by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band|
from the album Live/1975-85
|B-side||"Merry Christmas Baby"|
|Released||November 10, 1986|
|Recorded||September 30, 1985|
at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
|Producer||Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin|
|Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band singles chronology|
"War" was performed in concert by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in 1985, added to the set list for the final few shows of their lengthy Born in the U.S.A. Tour. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. The UK Singles Chart is compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC on behalf of the British record industry Live/1975–85 is a Live album by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. A-side and B-side originally referred to the two sides of 7 inch Vinyl records on which singles were released beginning in the 1950s Events 1444 - Battle of Varna: The crusading forces of King Vladislaus III of Varna (aka Ulaszlo I of Hungary and Wladyslaw Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar) A gramophone Events 1399 - Henry IV is proclaimed King of England. 1744 - France and Spain defeat the Year 1985 ( MCMLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar) The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a large outdoor sports Stadium in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles California at Exposition A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Columbia Records is an American Record label founded in 1888 Columbia is the oldest surviving Brand name in pre-recorded sound being the first record company A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing Jon Landau (born 1947 is an American Music critic, Manager, and Record producer, most known for his association in all three capacities with Chuck Plotkin is a Recording engineer and producer, best known for his work with Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. " My Hometown " is a single by Bruce Springsteen off of his Born in the U For other songs of this name see Fire (song " Fire " is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and originally intended for Set List is the second live album by Dublin -based rock band The Frames. The Born in the USA Tour was the supporting Concert tour of Bruce Springsteen 's massively popular Born in the U Springsteen and his manager Jon Landau were looking for a way to make these concluding shows, taking place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a little different and special, and Landau suggested playing "War". Jon Landau (born 1947 is an American Music critic, Manager, and Record producer, most known for his association in all three capacities with The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a large outdoor sports Stadium in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles California at Exposition A year earlier, he had suggested the same, as a loose protest against Reagan Administration foreign policy in Central America and elsewhere, but the band had been unable to come up with an effective arrangement. The United States Presidency of Ronald Reagan, also known as the Reagan Administration, was a Republican administration headed by This time, however, they did. Springsteen taped the words of the song to his arm, prefaced the song with a spoken admonition not to blindly trust the government, leaders or anything else, and then he and the band blasted their way through a hard rock rendition, featuring a strong vocal from Springsteen and laced with Nils Lofgren's fluid yet fiery guitar work. For the Swedish scientist who developed the anaesthetic Lidocaine, see Nils Löfgren.
Springsteen released the September 30, 1985 performance as a part of his 1986 box set, Live/1975-85. Events 1399 - Henry IV is proclaimed King of England. 1744 - France and Spain defeat the Year 1985 ( MCMLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar) A box set (sometimes referred to as a boxed set) is a compilation of various musical recordings Films Television programs or other collection Live/1975–85 is a Live album by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. "War" was chosen as the first single from the set, and it was again a big hit, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The music video for the single was a straight concert filming of the same performance. A music video is a Short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music most commonly a Song with lyrics
Springsteen continued to perform "War" regularly through his 1988 Tunnel of Love Express and Human Rights Now! Tours. Human Rights Now! was a worldwide tour of twenty Benefit concerts on behalf of Amnesty International that took place over six weeks in 1988 He then retired it, until again performing it on his 2003 Rising Tour before and during the start of the Iraq War. The Rising Tour was a lengthy worldwide top-grossing Concert tour featuring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band that took place in Arenas and The Iraq War, also known as the Second Gulf War, the Occupation of Iraq, or the War in Iraq, is an ongoing Military campaign
"War" was covered by The Jam in 1982. The UK Singles Chart is compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC on behalf of the British record industry The Jam were an English Mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s A studio version featured as one of three extra tracks on the Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?, The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow), Beat Surrender 12" singles. " Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero? " is a song and single released by The Jam on 3 July 1982 it features on their sixth studio album The Gift. " The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow " was a single released by The Jam after the success of the album The Gift. " Beat Surrender " was The Jam 's final single released on 26 November 1982. It was also a live favourite.
"War" was covered by Frankie Goes to Hollywood on the 12-inch of their 1984 hit single "Two Tribes", and was included on the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome. Frankie Goes to Hollywood ( FGTH) was a UK dance-pop band that were extremely popular in the mid 1980s Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) " Two Tribes " is the title track of the second single by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, released in the UK by ZTT Records in May 1984 (see Welcome to the Pleasuredome was the debut album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, first released in the UK in October 1984 by ZTT / Island
"War" was covered by influential Canadian punk band D.O.A. on their 1982 12" EP War On 45. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar)
An episode of the television series Xena: Warrior Princess, "Lyre Lyre Hearts on Fire", includes a cover of "War". Xena Warrior Princess is an American Television series that aired from September 15 1995 until June 18 2001
"War" was remixed by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, along with Henry Rollins, Tom Morello, and Flea, for the soundtrack to the film Small Soldiers. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is an American Hip hop group from the Glenville section of Cleveland Ohio. Henry Rollins (born February 13 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield) is an American singer-songwriter Spoken word Artist, Stand-up comedian, author Thomas Baptist Morello (born May 30 1964 is a Grammy Award -winning American Guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16 1962 more commonly known by the Stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American Bassist, Trumpet player Small Soldiers is a 1998 action / Science fiction Film featuring Gregory Smith and Kirsten Dunst with the voice The song features new raps by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and a spoken word section by Rollins, while the chorus features the original vocal track by Starr.
Slovenian band Laibach included a cover of "War" in their 1994 album NATO. Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia (Republika Slovenija) is a Country in southern Central Europe bordering Italy to the west Laibach is a Slovenian avant-garde Music group strongly associated with industrial, martial, and neo-classical musical NATO October 10 1994 is an album by Slovenian industrial / techno group Laibach, named after NATO This version answers the question "War, what is it good for?" by listing what, in Laibach's opinion, war is good for: for example, science, religion, IBM, and CNN. International Business Machines Corporation abbreviated IBM and nicknamed "Big Blue", is a multinational Computer Technology Cable News Network, usually referred to by its Initialism CNN, is a major English language Television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner
In February 2007, the Stop the War Coalition released a single of the song, attributed to Ugly Rumours — the rock band formed by former UK prime minister Tony Blair at Oxford University during the 1970s. The Stop the War Coalition (StWC (informally just Stop the War) is a United Kingdom Anti-war group set up on 21 September 2001 Ugly Rumours was the name of a rock band founded in part by the former UK Prime minister Tony Blair, while studying law at St John's College Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located This article is about the government position For other uses see Prime Minister (disambiguation. Anthony Charles Lynton "Tony" Blair (born 6 May 1953 is a British Politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2 May 1997 to The University of Oxford (informally "Oxford University" or simply "Oxford" located in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England is the The song reached no 6 in the UK music charts. The accompanying video featured a Blair look-alike as lead singer, and appearances by George Galloway and Lauren Booth as police officers arresting Blair. George Galloway (born 16 August 1954 in Dundee) is a Scottish Politician, author and talkshow host noted for his Left-wing views confrontational style Lauren Booth (born Sarah Booth 22 July 1967 in Islington, London) is an English broadcaster, Journalist 
"Make It With You" by Bread
|Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Edwin Starr version)|
August 29 - September 12, 1970
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross