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A Night to Remember: Revisiting Edwin Starr 53 years on

Posted on 11 September 2019

With the Edwin Starr Band heading to the Belgrade in Northern Soul Live this week, we were delighted to hear from one enthusiastic patron eager to share his memories of seeing the group perform back in the 60s.

After hearing that the band would be playing in Coventry, Ken Johnson from Nuneaton got in touch with us to share a press cutting from a concert on 28 October 1966, when Edwin Starr supported Ike and Tina Turner at Granby Halls in Leicester.

The photograph accompanying a write-up in The Illustrated Chronicle shows Ken and his then-girlfriend right up at the front of the excited crowd, almost close enough to touch the legendary singer (you can pick out Ken from his glasses). The couple have remained together ever since, and have now been married several years.

“I think that we’d been courting for about six months at the time,” said Ken. “We used to go out together to all sorts of concerts – but this one obviously left enough of an impression on me that I’ve kept the photo for all these years, and could immediately lay my hands on it when I heard about the Belgrade concert.”

Edwin Starr performing at Granby Halls in Leicester in 1966

As a happy coincidence, Ken will actually be celebrating his 72nd birthday when they come to see the show this Friday – making it the perfect opportunity to relive those old memories.

“I like a lot of different kinds of music, but Northern Soul has always been something we’ve both enjoyed together, and even now I still like to listen to those songs at home. We’re really looking forward to the show.”

Since Edwin’s passing in 2003, the band that supported all his shows has remained in tact, and continues to tour with his brother Angelo on lead vocals.

Taking place at 7.30pm on Friday 13 September, their performance on our Main Stage will see them joined on stage by original Northern Soul star Lorraine Silver.

Tickets are available to book now. Don’t forget that you can enjoy 20% off tickets when you book for two or more participating shows in our multi-purchase offer.