1977 Edwin Starr – Afternoon Sunshine

Edwin Starr (January 21, 1942 – April 2, 2003) was an American soul singer. Ewin Starr is famous for his Norman Whitfield-produced Motown singles of the 1970s, most notably the number one hit “War”.

Edwin Starr was born in Tennessee and raised in Ohio, and later lived in Detroit while singing for Ric Tic and Motown Records. Besides “War”, Starr’s songs “25 Miles” and “Stop the War Now” were also major successes in the 1960s. Starr’s career shifted to the United Kingdom in the 1970s, where he continued to produce music, living there until his death.

Edwin Starr was born Charles Edwin Hatcher in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1942. He and his cousins, soul singers Roger and Willie Hatcher, moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where they were raised.

In 1957, Starr formed a doo-wop group, the Future Tones, and began his singing career. Starr lived in Detroit, Michigan, in the 1960s and recorded at first for the small Ric-Tic label, part of the Golden World recording company, and later for Motown Records (under the Gordy Records imprint), after the latter absorbed Ric-Tic in 1968.

The song which launched his career was “Agent Double-O-Soul” (1965), a reference to the James Bond films popular at the time. Other early hits included “Headline News”, “Back Street” and “S.O.S. (Stop Her on Sight)”. While at Ric-Tic, he wrote the song, “Oh How Happy”, a #12 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1966 for The Shades of Blue and sang lead for the Holidays’ on their #12 R&B hit, “I’ll Love You Forever”.. Moving to Motown, he recorded a string of singles before enjoying an international success with “25 Miles”, which he co-wrote with producers Johnny Bristol and Harvey Fuqua. It peaked at #6 in both the Hot 100 and R&B charts in 1968.

Tracks

1 Overture, Afternoon Sunshine 7:14
2 Pretty Girl 3:00
3
Ruby Begonia 4:30
4 Eavesdropper 3:42
5 I Just Wanna Do My Thing 5:16
6 Mr.Davenport And Mr.James 4:05
7 Not Having You 4:49
8 Accident 3:42
9 Everyboby Needs Love 3:33
10 Edge Of Insanity 3:16

1 Overture, Afternoon Sunshine

Bass Delisle Harper
Drums Simon Phillips
Guitar Pip Williams
Banjo Pip Williams
Clavinet Pete Wingfield
Organ Pete Wingfield
Piano Pete Wingfield
Piano Geoff Westley
Percussion Richard Bailey
Percussion Frank Ricotti
Percussion Glenn Lefleur
Percussion Mike Vernon
Background Vocals George Chandler
Background Vocals Jacquie Sullivan
Background Vocals Joy Yates

2 Pretty Girl

Bass Delisle Harper
Drums Steve Ferrone
Guitar Chuck Middleton
Guitar Pip Williams
Piano Geoff Westley
Synthesizer Geoff Westley
Percussion Brother James

3 Ruby Begonia

Bass Delisle Harper
Drums Simon Phillips
Guitar Pip Williams
Banjo Pip Williams
Clavinet Pete Wingfield
Organ Pete Wingfield
Piano Pete Wingfield
Percussion Richard Bailey
Percussion Frank Ricotti
Percussion Glenn Lefleur
Percussion Mike Vernon

4 Eavesdropper

Bass Delisle Harper
Drums Steve Ferrone
Guitar Chuck Middleton
Guitar Pip Williams
Piano Geoff Westley
Synthesizer Pete Wingfield
Percussion Brother James

5 I Just Wanna Do My Thing

Bass Delisle Harper
Drums Simon Phillips
Guitar Pip Williams
Banjo Pip Williams
Clavinet Pete Wingfield
Organ Pete Wingfield
Piano Pete Wingfield
Percussion Richard Bailey
Percussion Frank Ricotti
Percussion Glenn Lefleur

6 Mr.Davenport And Mr.James

Bass Delisle Harper
Drums Simon Phillips
Guitar Pip Williams
Banjo Pip Williams
Clavinet Pete Wingfield
Organ Pete Wingfield
Piano Pete Wingfield
Percussion Richard Bailey
Percussion Frank Ricotti
Percussion Glenn Lefleur
Percussion Mike Vernon

7 Not Having You

Bass Delisle Harper
Drums Glenn Lefleur
Guitar Pip Williams
Sitar Pip Williams
Fiddle Graham Preskett
Organ Pete Wingfield
Piano Pete Wingfield
Glockenspiel Frank Ricotti
Percussion Glenn Lefleur
Percussion Mike Vernon
Percussion Richard Bailey

8 Accident

Bass Delisle Harper
Drums Steve Ferrone
Guitar Chuck Middleton
Guitar Pip Williams
Piano Geoff Westley
Synthesizer Geoff Westley
Percussion Brother James

9 Everyboby Needs Love

Bass Delisle Harper
Drums Glenn Lefleur
Guitar Pip Williams
Sitar Pip Williams
Organ Pete Wingfield
Piano Pete Wingfield
Fiddle Graham Preskett
Glockenspiel Frank Ricotti
Percussion Mike Vernon
Percussion Richard Bailey

10 Edge Of Insanity

Bass Delisle Harper
Drums Glenn Lefleur
Guitar Pip Williams
Sitar Pip Williams
Organ Pete Wingfield
Piano Pete Wingfield
Glockenspiel Frank Ricotti
Percussion Mike Vernon
Percussion Richard Bailey