Monday’s Music Moves Me: (Rare) Earth

You just knew I would come up with a different slant on the theme, didn’t you?

Rare Earth was the only white band ever to produce hits for Motown Records. When Berry Gordy signed them in 1969, it was his intention to start a separate label for white acts. One of the members suggested “Rare Earth Records,” and, surprisingly, it stuck. They were known for their covers of Motown hits and their extended jamming on them (for example, the single for “Get Ready, ” their biggest hit, was just over three minutes, while the album version came in at almost 22 minutes). Just so you know, this is a longish playlist.

  1. Get Ready: Title track to their 1969 album, it was their biggest hit, it reached #4 in the US and #1 in Canada in 1970.
  2. I Know I’m Losing You: Their followup single, reached #7 in the US, also in 1970. From 1970’s Ecology (which fits with the actual theme for today).
  3. Born To Wander: Also from Ecology, their third single from 1970, peaking at #17.
  4. I Just Want To Celebrate: From their 1972 release, One World. Their first of four singles in 1971, it reached #7.
  5. Hey Big Brother: After two singles that failed to chart, this reached #19 late in 1971. Also from One World, it was their last Top 20 hit.
  6. Smiling Faces Sometimes: From their 1973 album Ma, a cover of The Undisputed Truth’s 1971 hit.
  7. Tobacco Road: The classic 1960 song by John D. Loudermilk, it was on Get Ready.
  8. Feelin’ Alright: Also on Get Ready, the often-covered song by Dave Mason that was done originally by Traffic in 1968.
  9. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone: I can’t find the album this was on, but it’s a cover of The Temptations’ 1971 hit.
  10. Big John Is My Name: Couldn’t resist this one. From Ma.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 23, 2018.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


23 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: (Rare) Earth

  1. I think you explained this before, but why can’t I play your playlist? When I hit the icon it takes me to YouTube and I get a message that says something like – unable to play.


    1. I’m assuming you’re on an iPad and tapping the screen takes you to Safari, which tells you it can’t play it. Try downloading the YouTube app from the App Store. Open the app and search for me (John Holton). It might be down a few, but look for my picture. Tap on that and it should take you to my channel. Then tap on Playlists, and today’s should be right at the top of the list. That should get you there.

      It’s strange, but I keep seeing that Safari has a problem playing YouTube, and it’s gone on for some time. Guess fixing that isn’t one of Apple’s priorities.


      1. Actually I’m using an Amazon Fire 2 with a Silk browser. Your suggestion for the Ipad/Safari worked for my Fire2/Silk. Thanks. Should have asked long ago.


  2. Holy Cow, way ta go BIG John!!! YOU MOST CERTAINLY ROCK!!! YOU HAVE TOTALLY ROCKED THE HOUSE TODAY! Wow, what a line up John… all tunes I use to dance to on girls night out! Whoa, some real bad a#@ memories there!!! ~hehehe~ and then again… THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!! ~hehehe~ have a rockin’ week my friend! Gotta fly! GREAT JOB HERE! FAN-ROCKIN-TASTIC!!!


  3. John,

    While watching this season of The Voice, Rare Earth came up after D.R. King covered ‘I’m Know I’m Losing You’. His version was so different that I couldn’t place the song or the artist, so DH pulled up Rare Earth up on his iPad and shared the song along with a few more for me to listen to and then BING, the light went on in this ole attic. King can’t hold a candle to Rare Earth.

    Excellent playlist. Thanks for hitting the dance floor with the 4M gang. Have a tunetastic week, my friend! 🙂


    1. There were some white session musicians at Motown. Dennis Coffey, for one, who played guitar on most of the records from the Sixties. He had a hit record with “Scorpio” in the early ’70’s, but it wasn’t on Motown…


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