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1. Rare Earth is an band affiliated with Motown’s Rare Earth record label (which was named after the band) who were particularly famous in the late-19 and 19.

The group formed in 1961 as The Sunliners, and, after changing their name to “Rare Earth” were signed to Motown in 1969. The band was the first act signed to a new Motown imprint that would be dedicated to white rock acts. The record company didn’t have a name for the new label yet, and the band jokingly suggested Motown call the label “Rare Earth.” To the band’s surprise, Motown decided to do just that.

The main personnel in the group included Gil Bridges (saxophone and vocals ), Pete Rivera a.k.a. Peter Hoorelbeke (lead vocals and drums), John Parrish a.k.a. John Persh (bass guitar, trombone and vocals), Rod Richards (born Rod Cox, guitar), Edward “Eddie” Guzman (congas and assorted percussive instruments) and Kenny James (born Ken Folcik, keyboards). The personnel lineup changed considerably over the years, with three members of the group dying during the 1980s and 1990s, and the only original member currently left in the group is Bridges.

Rare Earth had a number of Top Ten hits in the 1970-1971 period, including covers of The Temptations’ “(I Know) I’m Losing You” (which was used in the documentary video It’s Time) and “Get Ready”. The cover of “Get Ready” was their biggest hit, peaking at #4 on the US pop charts, a better performance than the original. They did not chart significantly after 1971, although they continued to record into the 1980s. Their 1973 album Ma, written and produced by Norman Whitfield, is considered their best overall work, and features their version of “Hum Along and Dance”.


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  • Soul-Makossa-Ba

    Ma....awesome !

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • lady-starlight

    wow just discovered this group, awesome!

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • nicorebel

    2 Jan 2014 Reply
  • jagodkka

    silver linings playbook soundtrack brought me here and i am very happy about it.

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    the first white rock band that was signed to motown

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • MathianSim

    The Expendables 2 brought me here

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • kurtdzidek

    One of the best band in my life!!!!

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • BJBooth

    You know you're good when a guy like Berry Gordy signs you, as the only white band in Motown's long history. Even before Michael J became white...

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • gsnoorky

    A brilliant concept--courtesy of God!: Thanks for the wisdom of signing and fostering well this act, Motown--(the late Norman Whitfield, I believe)! As I got older, I realized that not many lead vocalists are better than Rare Earth's: A powerful, brandy-smooth, and beautiful voice--so cleverly, wonderfully, and magically malleable with modern recording techniques--magnificent as well, live, too--a brilliant live album! The concepts, production, recording and everything else proves excellent. A rare, shining expertly-faceted gem from the top-reserve shelf American classic rock and pop music!

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mariotoro

    Child of Fortune/One World is one of the most underrated songs ever made.

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • WSteven

    the 60's been there and survive

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • RockSaurier

    One of the best live bands ever, "In Concert" is awesome as hell. Thanks to my dad, who introduced me to them :)

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    I believe this was the very first white act that was signed to Mowtown back in the late 60s..

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
  • xdreamx19

    love sexy moans from Come With Me

    6 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Yokin_strickly

    wow, it´s the first time than i listened this group, and they´r amazing!

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • NinaBurton

    good music *-*

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • M_G_A_64

    na prima, willenloses computergedudel . wechsel doch lieber nach dem videoportal. M.

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • M_G_A_64

    verdammt... - maschine laedt nicht :-((

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    WARM RIDE!!!! Best song by these guys!!! :)

    30 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Kolovrt

    That's the real Magic Key

    9 Jun 2010 Reply
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