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Rare Earth: Is Not a Strange Planet

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Rare Earth was an American rock band that worked with the record company Motown in the 60’s and 70’s. This band became also as the first group signed by Motown that was entirely formed by Caucasian members. The band was formed in 1961 under the name “The Sunliners” but later they changed the name to “Rare Earth”. They were signed by Motown in 1969 and it was dedicated to the white rock acts.

The original members of the band were: Gil Bridges, who was vocalist and saxophonist, John Persh, who played the bass guitar, trombone and backing vocalist, Peter Hoorelbeke the main vocalist and drummer, the guitarist Rod Richards, Kenny James in the keyboards and Edward Guzman playing the percussive instruments and congas. The members went changing among the 80’s and 90’s due to different reasons. However, Bridges is still in the band and represents the only original member.

Between 1970 and 1971 Rare Earth had several top ten hits, some of them included covers of The Temptations as “I’m Losing You” and “Get Ready” which was the one that reached the highest position (#4) on the US pop chart. In 1973, the group released the record entitled “Ma” which is considered as the best album released by Rare Earth.

Some of the hit singles of the band have been performed by several artists of these days. Some of them are: NWA’s, Beck’s, Black Sheep’s and others. The song “I Just Want to Celebrate” was used in a campaign of the Ford Motor Company.

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