The Rationals

City: 
Ann Arbor
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
USA
Years Active: 
1962-1970, 1990's
Genre(s): 
Associated Artists: 

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The Rationals formed in 1964 and first recorded a single for a local label, A2 Records, in 1965. After scoring a local hit with the tune "Gave My Love", they recorded a cover of Otis Redding's "Respect". This won them a contract for national distribution by Cameo/Parkway, and the single ended up reaching #92 on the Billboard Hot 100. Unfortunately, the record didn't break everywhere in the U.S. at the same time, so it had a tough time making a decent showing on the national charts. Several further singles, including "I Need You" and "Hold On Baby", were successes in Michigan but didn't catch on nationally. Lead singer Scott Morgan was asked to join Blood Sweat and Tears, but he declined the offer. The group's only full-length, a self-titled effort, arrived on Crewe Records at the beginning of 1970, and the group split up soon after.

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
The Rationals 12/20/1968 Crow's Nest East St. Clair Shores Michigan USA
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown 12/23/1968 Olympia Stadium Detroit Michigan USA
The Rationals 12/28/1968 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
The Rationals 01/04/1969 Silverbell Hideout Auburn Hills Michigan USA
The Rationals 01/18/1969 Crow's Nest West Westland Michigan USA
All-University Dance 01/25/1969 MSU Union East Lansing Michigan USA
Delta College Pop Festival 01/26/1969 Delta College University Center Michigan USA
The Rationals 02/15/1969 Village Pub Birmingham Michigan USA
The Rationals 02/21/1969 Crow's Nest West Westland Michigan USA
John Mayall 03/27/1969 Eastown Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Blood, Sweat & Tears 03/30/1969 Ford Auditorium Detroit Michigan USA
Grand Rapids Pop Festival 04/08/1969 Welsh Auditorium Grand Rapids Michigan USA
The Rationals 04/18/1969 Village Pub Birmingham Michigan USA
Open City Rites of Spring Benefit 04/23/1969 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
The Rationals 04/25/1969 Crow's Nest East St. Clair Shores Michigan USA
The Rationals 04/26/1969 Crow's Nest West Westland Michigan USA
Brownsville Station / The Rationals 05/16/1969 Hideout #3 Clawson Michigan USA
The Amboy Dukes 05/17/1969 Edgewater Park Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
All University Mixer 05/24/1969 MSU Holmes Hall East Lansing Michigan USA
1st Annual Rock & Roll Revival 05/30/1969 Michigan State Fairgrounds Detroit Michigan USA
1st Annual Rock & Roll Revival 05/31/1969 Michigan State Fairgrounds Detroit Michigan USA
Kalamazoo Rock Revival 06/08/1969 Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds Kalamazoo Michigan USA
Tommy James & the Shondells 06/14/1969 Olympia Stadium Detroit Michigan USA
Frijid Pink / The Rationals 06/21/1969 Wamplers Lake Pavilion Onsted Michigan USA
The Rationals 07/13/1969 Toledo State Theater Toledo Ohio USA

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