Today's piece of Lost Jewelry from the Vaults at Oldiez 93 for Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 comes from Rare Earth!
On January 2nd, 1971, "Born To Wander" entered Billboard's Top 40 and wandered on its way up to #17, not a great showing, but it spent eight weeks in the chart, as long as many songs that went to #1.
Rare Earth, a rock band from Detroit, Michigan, featured Pete Rivera, Rod Richards, Kenny James, Gil Bridges, Ed Guzman and John Persh. Ray Monette replaced Richards and Mark Olson replaced James. Mike Urso replaced Persh in 1972. Rare Earth was one of the first acts to be signed to Motown and their records were originally released on the subsidiary label, Rare Earth Records.
Rare Earth placed six songs in the Top 40 between 1970 and 1978, iuncluding one Gold Record.
Persh died of a staph infection in January, 1981 at the age of 38, Olson died of alcohol-related complications in 1982 and Guzman died on July 29th, 1993 at the age of 49.