Rare Earth is a rock/blue-eyed soul band from Detroit, MI with a psychedelic-tinged, hard-driving style that became famous during the early 1970s. The band began as an R&B group known as The Sunliners before changing its name to Rare Earth in 1968. Later that year, the newly-christened band signed with Motown and also became the namesake for a new subsidiary dedicated to white artists. Rare Earth would later become the first all white hit-making act to have been signed by the legendary record label.
Rare Earth made its debut on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts in 1970 with its cover of The Temptations' "Get Ready," which became a Pop/Rock Top 10 hit and one of the band's signature songs. This was followed by another Temptations cover, "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (1970), which also made the Pop/Rock Top 10, and a string of other top hits through 1978 that included "Born To Wander" (1970), the exuberant "I Just Want To Celebrate" (1971), and the anthemic "Hey Big Brother" (1971).
The band's original lineup consisted of Gil Bridges, Kenny James, John Parrish (a.k.a. John Persh, d. January 27, 1981), Rod Richards, and lead singer Peter Hoorelbeke (a.k.a. Peter Rivera). Eddie Guzman came on board in 1969 and remained with the band to his passing (d. July 29, 1993). In 1971, Richards and James left the band and were replaced by Mark Olson (d. April 14, 1991) and Ray Monette. In 1972, Parrish left Rare Earth and was replaced by Mike Urso. Over the ensuing years, Rare Earth had numerous other personnel changes and additions. The current lineup is a quintet that includes two members from the band's earliest days: Gil Bridges and Ray Monette.
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- Born To Wander 1970
- Get Ready 1970
(This song was previously a hit for the Temptations (1966).)
- Hey Big Brother 1971
- I Just Want To Celebrate 1971
- (I Know) I'm Losing You 1970
(This song was previously a hit for the Temptations (1966) and later also became a hit for Rod Stewart & Faces (1971) and Uptown (1987).)
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