War (The Temptations song)

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"War" is a counterculture-era soul song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Motown label in 1969. Whitfield first produced the song – a self-evident anti-Vietnam War statement – with The Temptations as the original vocalists. After Motown began receiving repeated requests to release "War" as a single, Whitfield re-recorded the song with Edwin Starr as the vocalist, with the label deciding to withhold the Temptations' version from single release so as not to alienate that group's more conservative fans. Starr's version of "War" was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970, and is not only the most successful and well-known record of his career, but it is also one of the most popular protest songs ever recorded. It was one of 161 songs on the no-play list issued by Clear Channel following the events of September 11, 2001.[2]

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"War"
Song by The Temptations
from the album Psychedelic Shack
ReleasedMarch 6, 1970 (1970-03-06)
Recorded1969–1970
StudioHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A), Detroit
GenreProgressive soul[1]
Length3:11
LabelGordy
Songwriter(s)Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong
Producer(s)Norman Whitfield
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