"Rare Earth" was an American rock band affiliated with Motown's Rare Earth record label (which was named after the band) in the late-1960s and 1970s. Although not the first White band signed to Motown, Rare Earth were the first big hit-making act signed by Motown that consisted entirely of Caucasian members.
The group formed in 1961 as ''The Sunliners'', and, after changing their name to "Rare Earth", after the "rare Earth hypothesis," 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 memb...
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