The Rascals were a highly acclaimed and influential pop/rock/blue-eyed soul band formed in Garfield, New Jersey in 1965. First known as The Young Rascals, the band's original lineup consisted of Dino Danelli and three former members of Joey Dee & The Starliters: Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere, and Gene Cornish. In 1968, the band's name was shortened to The Rascals.
The (Young) Rascals made their first TV appearance in 1965 on "Hullabaloo" where they performed their chart debut song, "I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore." The band's fame took off in 1966 with the release of the energetic "Good Lovin'," a cover of The Olympics' 1965 R&B hit which topped the Pop/Rock charts and became one of The Rascals' signature songs. The band later also topped the charts with the more soulful and laid-back "Groovin'" (1967) and the rousing and socially conscious "People Got To Be Free" (1968). The Rascals' long string of hits, which continued through 1971, also included "I've Been Lonely Too Long" (1967), "A Girl Like You" (1967), "How Can I Be Sure" (1967), and "A Beautiful Morning" (1968).
Over the years, The Rascals have received wide acclaim as a major influence on white R&B acts. The band's many honors and accolades include being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005, and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010. Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, who co-wrote most of the band's songs, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.
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The Young Rascals perform "Good Lovin'" on The Ed Sullivan Show (March 20, 1966).
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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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