The American Ray Monette started his public career as a songwriter and musician in Detroit. In 1967 with an ephemeral band called 'The Abstract Reality', a 45 rpm single Love Burns Like A Fire Inside was released. With Mike Campbell, Bob 'Babbitt' Kreinar and Andrew Smith he formed Scorpion. His name appears on Scorpion and Meat Loaf's debut album Stoney & Meatloaf (1971). For this recording, he cowrote four songs. In that same year, he played tenor guitar on "Evolution" by Dennis Coffey & the Detroit Guitar Band, and played a guitar solo on Funkadelic's "I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing". He was a guitarist and singer of the Rare Earth from 1971 until 2004 (with a break around 1977).
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