Gil Bridges (saxophone) and drummer Pete Rivera/Hoorelbeke (drums) formed their first R&B band, the Sunliners, in Detroit in 1961. John Parrish (bass) joined in 1962; Rod Richards (guitar) and Kenny James (keyboards) followed in 1966. Other members included Ralph Terrana (keyboards), Russ Terrana (guitar) and Fred Saxon (saxophone). After years of playing in local clubs and releasing unspectacular records on MGM Records, Hercules and Golden World, they were signed to Verve Records and released Dreams And Answers. They signed to Motown Records in 1969, where they had the honour of having a newly formed progressive rock label named after them (following their hopeful suggestion to Motown executives). Rare Earth Records enjoyed an immediate success with a rock-flavoured version of the Temptations hit Get Ready, which reached the US Top 10. The single was edited down from a 20-minute recording that occupied one side of their debut Motown album; it...
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