The story of Rare Earth goes way back before the appearance of their 1st LP “Dreams Answers” in 1968.
From the origins of a group started by Ralph Terrana, Russ Terrana, Fred kotenko and Donny Kneble called the Glo-Worms the foundations were laid. Then in the early 1960’s a group of detroit school buddies would turn in to The Sunliners, eventually to change the name to Rare Earth several years later!
The Sunliners name came from the car owned by Gil Bridges, a Sunliner! Performing to sell out crowds at
venues like the famous Peppermint lounge ensured the band could sustain a living from live work. Fred Kotenko, Ralph Terrana, Russ Terrana, Gil Bridges, Peter Rivera, Steve Fisher, John Persh, Rod Richards and ken Folcick were all members between 1961 and 1968.
They recorded three singles for the Hercules record label and one under a new name - The Hi Riders! A one off single called Stamp Out The Beatles was issued to coincide with the movement of the same name. They were then signed to Ed Wingate’s Golden World label where another single was issued in 1965 called “The Swinging Kind”. The final Sunliners single “Land Of Nod” was issued in 1968 for the Verve label and then history changed for ever. The Sunliners changed their name to Rare Earth!