Tierra (band)

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Tierra is a Latin R&B band, originally from Los Angeles, California, that was established in the late 1970s by former El Chicano members Steve Salas, current lead singer (trombone and percussion), Rudy Salas (guitar), David Torres (keyboards) and Andre Baeza (percussion). Billy Mondragon is also the current lead singer. "...We have two lead singers Billy Mondragon and my brother, Steve Salas..." The other original members were Bobby Navarrete (reeds), Joey Guerra (keyboards), Steve Falomir (bass guitar), and Philip Madayag (drums). Their biggest hit was the 1980 remake of The Intruders' 1967 hit "Together", written by Gamble & Huff, which reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #9 on the US Billboard R&B chart.[1] They had a follow-up hit called "Sonya".

More recently, they appeared on Kid Frost's 2001 CD, Still Up in This Shit!, performing a new version of The Notations' "I'm Still Here".

Bassist Steve Falomir died due to a stroke on January 21, 2012 in Los Angeles.


  • Tierra (20th Century Records, 1973)
  • Stranded (Salsoul Records, 1975)
  • City Nights (Boardwalk Records, 1980)
  • Together Again (Boardwalk Records, 1981)
  • Bad City Boys (Boardwalk Records, 1982)
  • A New Beginning (Fiesta Records, 1989)
  • Tonight (Thump Records, 1993)
  • Street Corner Gold (Thump Records, 1995)
  • Greatest Hits (Thump Records, 2000)
  • Two Worlds - Dos Mundos (Thump Records, 2001)
  • Welcome to Cafe East L.A. (Thump Records, 2005)
  • The Rare Collection (I.T.P. Records, 2005)
  • Greatest Love Songs (Thump Records, 2007)
  • On the Right Track (M & M Records, 2008)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 580. 


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Chicano Music Legend Rudy Salas of Tierra" By Belinda Quesada, Contributing Writer Published on LatinoLA: April 25, 2013
  2. ^ LA Times Online Staff Writer Agustin Garza May 27, 2008