Tierra was formed 1972 in East Los Angeles, California. The band was made of:
Rudy Valas (guitar & vocals)
Steve Salas (vocals & timbales)
Roberto Loya (trumpet, flugelhorn and trombone)
Bobby Navarrete (sax, flute and vocals)
Andre Baeza (conga’s & percussion)
Phillip Madayag (drums)
Joey Guerra (keyboards & vocals)
Michael Jimenez (vocals)
and Steve Falomir (bass)
Tierra were an early ’70’s group comprised of some band members of the group El Chicano.
Guitarist Rudy and trombonist / percussionist Steve Salas had both been with that group.
They teamed with keyboardist Joey Guerra, bassist Steve Falomir, drummer Philip Madayag, percussionist Andre Baeza, and Bobby Navarrete on reeds.
Their cover of the Intruders tune ‘Together’ reached the R & B Top Ten in 1980 and reached number 18 on the U.S. pop charts. It was their lone big hit, although their remake of the Delfonics tune ‘La La Means I Love You’ did make the R & B Top 40 in 1981.
In 1982, the group recorded the album ‘Bad City Boys’, again, for the Boardwalk label.
Following this album release Tierra relocated to the independent label ASI Records and release the 12” single “Sonya”.
One twelve was released here in 1986 entitled ‘Mind Games’ with the flip being a track entitled ‘You’re In Love’, a tune highly popular amongst U.K. soul fans.
The group returned in the early ’90’s with ‘Tonight’ in 1993 and ‘A New Beginning’ two years later.