Get Ready ~ Rare Earth

Rare Earth is an American rock band affiliated with Motown‘s Rare Earth record label (which was named after the band), who were particularly famous in the late 1960s and the 1970s. Although not the first white band signed to Motown, Rare Earth was the first big hit-making act signed by Motown that consisted only of white members, although a Chicano percussionist later joined the group.

The group formed in 1961 as The Sunliners, and changed their name to “Rare Earth” in 1967. After recording an unsuccessful debut album “Dream/Answers” on the Verve label in 1968, they were signed to Motown in 1969. The band was the first act signed to a new Motown imprint that would be dedicated to white rock acts. The record company didn’t have a name for the new label yet, and the band jokingly suggested Motown call the label “Rare Earth.” To the band’s surprise, Motown decided to do just that.

The main personnel in the group included Gil Bridges (saxophone and vocals ), Pete Rivera a.k.a. Peter Hoorelbeke (lead vocals and drums), John Parrish a.k.a. John Persh (bass guitar, trombone and vocals), Rod Richards (born Rod Cox, guitar), Ray Monette ( guitar ), Edward “Eddie” Guzman (congas and assorted percussive instruments), Mark Olson (keyboard, vocals, some song writing), and Kenny James (born Ken Folcik, keyboards). [1]The personnel lineup changed considerably over the years, with three members of the group dying during the 1980s and 1990s, and the only original member currently left in the group is Bridges.

Get Ready

Get Ready” is a Motown song written by Smokey Robinson, which resulted in two hit records for the label: a U.S. #29 version by The Temptations in 1966, and a U.S. #4 version by Rare Earth in 1970.

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Never met a girl could make me feel the way that you do.
(You’re all right).
Whenever I’m asked what makes-a my dreams real, I tell em you do.
(You’re outta sight).
Well tweedle dee, tweedle dum, look out baby ’cause here I come.

(Aaahh) Bringin’ you a love that’s true, Get ready, get ready
(Aaahh) Stop makin’ love to you, Get ready, get ready.
(Aaahh) Get ready, cause here I come (on my way)

You wanna play hide and seek with love, let me remind ya.
(You’re all right).
Lovin’ you’re gonna miss, and the time it takes to find ya.
(You’re outta sight).
Fe Fi Fo Fo Fum, Look out baby now here I come.

(Aaahh) Bringin’ you a love that’s true, Get ready, get ready
(Aaahh) Stop makin’ love to you, Get ready, get ready.
(Aaahh) Get ready, cause here I come (on my way)

If all my friends shouldn’t want me to, I think I’ll understand
(You’re alright)
Hope I get to you before they do cause, that’s how I planned it.
(You’re outta sight)
Well tweedle dee, tweedle dum, look out baby ’cause here I come.

(Aaahh) Bringin’ you a love that’s true, Get ready, get ready
(Aaahh) Stop makin’ love to you, Get ready, get ready.
(Aaahh) Get ready, cause here I come (on my way)

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DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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