Earth (British band)

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Earth, initially credited as The Earth, was a British psychedelic music band active from 1968-1969. The band is mainly significant for having caused the band Earth formed by Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi to change the name of their hard-edged blues band Earth to Black Sabbath in order to avoid confusion.[1][2]

The line-up included The Misunderstood's Glenn Campbell on steel guitar and Robin Parnell on bass guitar. The band released two singles and recorded radio sessions for the BBC.[3] After the second single Campbell disbanded Earth and formed Juicy Lucy.[4]


The band's songs were written by David Bolitho:

  • The Earth: "Everybody Sing the Song", B-side "Stranger of Fortune" Decca April 1969
  • Earth: "Resurrection City", B-side "Comical Man" CBS December 1969


  1. ^ Michael Ray Disco, Punk, New Wave, Heavy Metal, and More 2013 "After his release, he sang in a number of local rock groups, eventually forming the rock band Earth with guitarist Tony Iommi. To avoid confusion with another band of the same name, the group changed its name to Black Sabbath."
  2. ^ Hardeep Phull Story Behind The Protest Song 2008 "When I started with Sabbath, the music scene was soul, blues, pop, psychedelic and the flower power movement. Now us guys, living in the ... As they moved toward making their hard-edged blues band Earth a serious project in 1969, ..."
  3. ^ Shade of Blues "Around 1968 Robin would leave the band and join newly formed band Earth on guitar. Earth would record two singles, including the psychedelic classic “Resurrection City” on CBS (and featuring scorching pedal steel work from The Misunderstood’s Glen Campbell). The band would also record radio sessions for the BBC."
  4. ^ Phil Hardy, Dave Laing The Encyclopedia of rock - Volume 3 - 1976 - Page 143 "Juicy Lucy was a British-based blues band formed on the American model in 1969 by steel-guitarist Glenn Campbell. He had previously been with the Misunderstood, whose 'I Can Take You To The Sun' was a cult single among the London ..."