Rare Essence, is an American go-go band, originally from Washington, D.C.
The band developed from a relationship between four childhood friends: Quinten “Footz” Davidson, Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson, Michael “Funky Ned” Neal and John Jones. After school, the four young musicians would get together in each other’s basements and play top forty hits from such influential bands like Parliament/Funkadelic, Cameo, and Confunkshun. Eventually the band adapted more players and conformed to the go-go sound that started in 1976. It was at that time that the band called on the assistance of Quinten’s mother, Annie Mack, who became the band’s first manager.
Today, Rare Essence is composed of 12 musicians who play a range of instruments from the timbales to the bass guitar. They play up to six nights a week.
Rare Essence has had success with such hits as “Body Moves”, the hit album Live at Breeze’s Metro Club, and the single “Lock-It” which was featured on the Strictly Business film soundtrack. The band’s most successful single, “Work the Walls”, reached #68 in the US Billboard R&B chart.
Band member Anthony (Little Benny) Harley died on May 30, 2010 in Washington, D.C. He was 46 years old.
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