September 1970 – a song popular in this month – War by Edwin Starr
This is a protest song about the Vietnam War, although it makes a broader statement of the need for harmony in our everyday lives.
Interesting facts about War & Edwin Starr –
Motown hit-makers Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong wrote this song. Starr began his career recording for Ric-Tic Records, a Detroit label that was a rival to Motown. In 1968, Motown bought Ric-Tic, which gave Starr access to their writers and producers.
The Temptations were the first to record this. It was included on their 1970 album Psychedelic Shack. Motown had no intention of releasing it as a single, but many people in the protest movement, especially college students, made it clear that this would be a big hit if it was.
This won a Grammy for Best R&B Male Vocal.
Starr died of a heart attack in 2003. He was 61.
This was featured in the 1991 Ron Howard movie Backdraft, starring Kurt Russell.
This information was provided by Songfacts.com