Chart Position: 1

  • #5 bestseller for 1970
  • This is an anti-Vietnam war anthem
  • Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
  • Although originally intended for the Temptations, Motown executives decided it would not be a good idea for the Temps to record the song
  • Edwin Starr died of a heart attack in 2003
  • This is Edwin Starr’s only #1 single
  • Later recorded by Bruce Springfield and the E Street Band (1986), Maria Muldaur (2008), Tom Jones (1985), The Jam (1982), D.O.A. (1982) and Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1984)




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