On this day in music history: July 9, 1970 – &…

On this day in music history: July 9, 1970 – “(I Know) I’m Losing You” by Rare Earth is released. Written by Cornelius Grant, Eddie Holland and Norman Whitfield, it is the fourth single release for the Detroit, MI based rock/funk band. A cover of The Temptations 1966 classic, the band work with the songs original producer and co-writer Norman Whitfield, giving it a stunning, extended psychedelic make over. Clocking in at over eleven minutes on the LP, it is edited down to just over three and a half minutes for single release. Issued as the first single from the bands’ third album “Ecology”, “(I Know) I’m Losing You” peaks at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, and number twenty on the R&B singles chart on October 3, 1970. Rare Earth’s version of “(I Know) I’m Losing You” is also  sampled by the rap duo Black Sheep on the track “Try Counting Sheep” on their 1991 debut album “A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing”.