Edwin Starr – Motown Luminary’s Nottingham Connections


I had the pleasure of recording total dude #edwınstarr in his later years. Amazing vocalist. We tracked a version of ‘ Please Don’t Go’  that never made it to release. Chris King was driving the project and it was eventually vocaled by Delroy St Joseph – cousin of Nottingham’s nearly-megastar-turned-street-urchin, Donovan (Whycliffe) Bramwell. Chris and keyboardist Winnie Williams co-produced. The band was then named KWS after their surname initials, and it soared miraculously to #1 in the UK in 1992. Nottingham’s first number one since Paper Lace’s  1974 ‘ Billy Don’t Be a Hero’.

For the record, I preferred Edwin’s take. No disrespect Delroy, you did a great job fronting this act.

God only know what Edwin found to tempt him from Detroit to Chilwell – a village now Nottingham suburb on the west side of Beeston  –  but I’m glad he liked it enough to  settled here. Anyway, this classy hometown #Beeston #streetart is a superb tribute to our adopted local lad &  Grammy winning #Motown luminary. He died way too young at 61 in 2003  🙁  #warwhatisitgoodfor  ?

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