June through October
'65, proved to be the most productive period to date for
Golden World with an average of four releases per month.
The Golden World
label, an in particular the Reflections, had funded much of
this progress but that would soon change with the arrival of
a little known artist by the name of Edwin Starr who would
gain his first release as a Ric-Tic artist in July 1965.
Rick Pack of Toronto
interviewed Edwin in 1981 and uncovered the circumstances
behind his arrival at Golden World.
Hatcher in Nashville and brought up in Cleveland, Edwin's
career began in the late fifties with a group known as the
After a brief period
in the army, he would get his first real break by joining up
with the Bill Doggett Band who regularly toured Detroit.
A chance meeting
with Lebaron Taylor gave Edwin the chance to show off some
material he had written which was based on the James Bond
books and movies which were taking the world by storm.
Edwin to Ed Wingate who liked the material and arranged a
session with an evening schedule. The final product "Agent
O-O Soul" became a smash reaching Pop #21 and R&B #8
within a couple of weeks."
Behind the song were
some superb arrangements by Sonny Sanders, with production
by Hitbound (Lebaron Taylor). The credits on the song
however were split with a Bill Sharply which was an alias of
Lebaron's. Edwin told Rick however that he was
philosophical about this as it was the opportunity he needed
to get on the ladder to success. This practice was not
The same thing
happened on the follow-up in October. "Back Street"
fared reasonably well by reaching Pop #95 and R&B #33.
Arranged again by Sonny Sanders it was produced by Richard
Parker, "Back Street" is a great song which tells of
Edwin's experiences on the streets of Cleveland.
Two classic 45's
followed in "Stop her on sight (SOS)" (Pop #48, #9
R&B), and "Headline
News" (Pop #84). The former would even be re-cut as "Scott's on
Swingers" for local Dee-Jay Scott Regan.
The flip sides of
these discs were also powerful songs. "I have faith in you"
and "Harlem" also carried the production credits of
vocals for a Don Davis song "I'll love you forever",
Edwin was surprised to hear his voice on a Holidays record
of the same name. Golden World36 reached #63 Pop and #7
In late '66, while
touring England, Edwin would discover that his contract had
been sold to Motown.
Some nice recordings
would be made there too, and the peak for me would be the
release of two excellent albums in "Soul Master" and "Twenty
greatest chart success would come in November 1970 with
"War" which went to #1 Pop.
moved to England where he has made a good living on the
Northern Soul Scene from his legacy at Golden World.
Edwin is the hero of