The Rascals were a blue-eyed soul group who had a string of hits from 1965-1971. Their best known songs include "Good Lovin'" (1966), "Groovin'" (1967), and "People Got to Be Free" (1968) which all topped the charts. A list of their major hits is given below.
First known as the Young Rascals, the original band members consisted of Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish and Dino Danelli, and there were some personnel changes along the way. In 1965, they first appeared on TV on "Hullabaloo" where they performed their chart debut song, "I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore." In 1968, the group's name was changed to the Rascals.
Over the years, the Rascals have received wide acclaim as a major influence on white R&B acts, and in 1997, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were also inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
The song(s) featured on this page are on:
- Billboard Top Rock 'N' Roll Hits: 1967 (VA)
- The Ultimate Rascals
- Songs of Protest (VA)
- Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1968 (VA)
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The Young Rascals
- A Girl Like You 1967
- Good Lovin' 1966
(This song, which was previously a hit for the Olympics (1965), topped the charts for the Young Rascals in 1966. "Good Lovin'" starts off with a "1-2-3" count-in and features an organ instrumental bridge about halfway through. This song is listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and also included in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.)
- Groovin' 1967
(This laid-back song topped the charts and also became a hit for Booker T. & the MG's (1967, instrumental version).)
- How Can I Be Sure 1967
(This song later also became a hit for David Cassidy (1972).)
- I've Been Lonely Too Long 1967
- You Better Run 1966
(This song later also became a hit for Pat Benatar (1980).)
- A Beautiful Morning 1968
- Carry Me Back 1969
- Heaven 1969
- People Got To Be Free 1968
(This rousing song about freedom and tolerance topped the charts and later also became a hit for the 5th Dimension (1970, as a medley).)
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