Mother Earth formed in 1967 in California but moved to Nashville after their first album.
Vocalist Tracy Nelson (pictured) hailed from Madison, Wisconsin, and began her career as a solo artist, forming Mother Earth after moving to San Francisco.
The group performed at the Fillmore West in the late 1960s alongside Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Burdon, and was included on the soundtrack to the 1968 film Revolution in company with the Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Steve Miller Band.
The group recorded four albums for Mercury Records, with Boz Scaggs joining the group on Make A Joyful Noise (1969). They finally called it quits in 1977.
Tracy Nelson also enjoyed a modicum of success as a solo artist in the 70s, creating a string of nearly great but always flawed albums.
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