Retro Rarities Music

This is a tribute to some of the unique and forgotten music and artists of the past.
Some of this music and the artists never received the chance they deserved, some deserve to be forgotten.
None the less, enjoy my tribute to Retro Rarites

My next installment of great forgotten music is by The Equals.  Formed in North London, England in 1965, The Equals were never put in any one category.  They were considered to be a pop/reggae/rock group, remembered mostly for their one and only million selling  "Baby Come Back", originally released as the B-Side of  "Hold Me Closer", a single written by Eddy Grant.
The original line-up included twin brothers Derv and Lincoln Gordon along with John Hall and Pat Lloyd. And last, but certainly not least Eddy Grant, later famous for Electric Avenue.
The group chose the name as a result of being one of the few racially integrated bands of the 1960s, hence name: The Equals.
In 1966 when they released the "Hold Me Closer" b/w "Baby Come Back”. The single didn’t receive very much attention in the United Kingdom; however, in Germany and The Netherlands it went to #1. President Records later re-issued the single and it would reach #1 in the UK as well. Thus, the racially mixed London group gave The Equals and President Records their only number one hit to which a gold record was presented to the group in June 1968 for a combined one million record sales.
Such was not the case in the U.S. as the song nationally only reached #32.
The Equals went on to have 12 more hits in Germany and 2 other UK Top 10 hits ("Viva Bobby Joe" and "Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys") before legal problems with the record company made it impossible to release any more records.
Later on in 1968 they released "I Get So Excited" in the UK, which appeared in the Top 50 Singles Chart.
Then in September 1969, all five members of the group had been reportedly injured on the autobahn in Germany, when their car ran off the road.
1970 would bring a string of single releases, all of which charted in the UK.
Following a collapsed lung and heart infection, which put him out of action at the beginning of 1971, Eddy Grant returned to his homeland, Guyana. It was then he left The Equals to pursue his solo career. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Grant released several Top 40 singles, including "Living On The Front Line", "Electric Avenue" and "Romancing the Stone". He also topped the UK Singles Chart in 1982 with "I Don't Wanna Dance".
And while The Equals never charted again after Grant's departure, they remained a popular live act, performing into the late 1970s and beyond.
Other versions of The Equals music include, The Clash recording a successful cover version of  "Police On My Back". In 2006 Willie Nile released his own cover of "Police on My Back" on his Streets of New York CD.
The Equals' song "Green Light" was covered by The Detroit Cobras, on their 2007 album, Tied & True.
And lastly "Baby Come Back" returned in 1994, when Pato Banton reached #1 in the UK with his cover. Occasionally you’ll hear the song on one of the satellite music stations but not often does it appear with regularity.
Here is a link to a live performance from 1968:
Then click below to listen to one of the best bass lines ever, the original version of "Baby Come Back" by the Equals.






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