Rare Earth has been an established name in the music industry for over three decades, and their history is one full of incredible uniqueness - with a sound all their own that seems to hold audiences intensely captivated wherever they play.
It all started back in 1957 when a bunch of young boys from Detroit got together and formed a band called The Glo-Worms. At the time, one of the two sax players in the band, Gil Bridges, was driving a hot new 1956 Ford Sunliner. The boys decided that The Glo-Worms didn’t cut it as a cool sounding name; henceforth, the band was renamed after Gil’s car - The Sunliners.
From 1961 through 1968, The Sunliners played the club circuit in Detroit, Michigan.
In the year of 1968, once again, the guys decided a new name was needed, and the Sunliners evolved into the now legendary Rare Earth. The band signed a one-record deal with Verve, an MGM subsidiary. Shortly thereafter, they signed with Motown, which gave Rare Earth their own record label, calling it Rare Earth Records. This convinced the band that Motown was very serious about making Rare Earth a success.
Rare Earth released nine albums in a ten-year period, and has garnered nine charting hit singles including five top-twenty hits. Classic singles like “Get Ready”, “I Know I m Losing You”, “Born to Wander”, “I Just Want to Celebrate”, and “Hey Big Brother” are still resonant with audiences worldwide. Albums like Get Ready and Rare Earth in Concert have gone multi-platinum and are still selling today. The albums One World, Ecology, Willie Remembers and Ma have also reached platinum status.
Rare Earth’s many historical performances have gained for them the notoriety of being one of America’s finest classic bands of all time. Some of those venues include The Atlanta Pop Festival and The California Jam. These huge festivals hosted thousands, and lasted for days.
Rare Earth has shared the stage with many well-known, great acts, such as Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Earth Wind and Fire, Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Burdon and the Animals, War, Sly & The Family Stone, Ike and Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Allman Brothers, Three Dog Night, and countless others.
Rare Earth, which still features original member, Gil Bridges, has performed thousands of concerts throughout the years and has been featured on top-ranking television programs like The Ed Sullivan Show, The David Frost Show, Dick Clark’s American Band Stand (three times), Wolfman Jack’s Classic Rock Show, and Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. They were also the first band to perform live on the initial broadcast of the classic Midnight Special television show instead of lip-synching to pre-recorded tracks.
Rare Earth consists of original member Gil Bridges, (sax, flute, lead and background vocals), Floyd Stokes, (lead vocal and drums), Randy Burghdoff, (bass and vocal background), Ivan Greilick, (guitar, lead and background vocal), Michael Bruner, (keyboards).
Rare Earth still performs worldwide to very enthusiastic audiences—bringing standing ovations for their trademark blend of rock, pop, soul and funk - to this day!