Rare Earth at Harvester Performance Center
450 Franklin Street
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
In 1961 a group of high school buddies formed a band and called it “The Sunliners”.After playing for about seven years the group decided to change the name of the band. Hence forth comes “Rare Earth”.
Motown did not have a name for the new division and label so jokingly the band suggested the name Rare Earth. Unbelievably they agreed. That convinced the band that Motown was serious about making Rare Earth their first successful white band and they were going to sign more white acts to be on the “Rare Earth” Label. To clear up a long time false statement that Rare Earth was the only white act to ever be signed with Motown, Rare Earth was the one and only successful white band to be signed with Motown. Rare Earth was with Motown from 1968 to 1978.
Motown wanted an album from Rare Earth immediately after signing.
The band decided that “Get Ready” would be Rare Earth’s first recording, to be 21 minutes long and to be one whole side of the first album. It became the closing song each night and people liked it so much they would stay just to hear it.
For tickets and more information visit harvester-music.com or 540-GUITARS (484-8277).