"The Equals" were a pop/reggae/rock group that formed in North London, England in 1965. They are known mostly for the fact that Eddy Grant was in the group. But also in the original line-up were the twin brothers, Derv and Lincoln Gordon, John Hall and Pat Lloyd.
In 1966 the group released the "Hold Me Closer" / "Baby Come Back" single, which did not capture much attention in the United Kingdom. However, in Germany and The Netherlands it went to #1 - a position its re-issue would later reach in the UK. The year 1968 saw the release of "I Get So Excited" which appeared in the Top 50 of the UK singles chart. A string of single releases followed up to 1970, all of which charted in the UK.
In 1971, Grant left The Equals to pursue his solo career. He would have eventually release several Top 40 singles in the early 1980s; among them, "Electric Avenue" and "Romancing the Stone". Though the band never charted again after Grant's departure, they remained a popular live act, performing into the late 1970s.
In the late 1970s, The Clash recorded a successful cover of The Equals' song "Police On My Back".