May 2, 2017
Joey Dee and The Starliters had a huge hit with “Peppermint Twist. Joey’s backing band became the breeding ground for a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band as Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, and Gene Cornish would recruit drummer Dino Danelli and form the Young Rascals and help invent the term blue-eyed soul.
Their second single, “Good Lovin'” proved to be one of the signature singles of the 1960’s. The song had originally been released by the Olympics but the Rascals moved it over to an energetic rock and roll classic.
“Good Lovin'” entered the top 100 on March 12, 1966. Seven weeks later, on April 30, it reached number one.
By the time they had their second number one hit, mercifully the uniforms were gone.
January 21, 2012
Keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, vocalist Eddie Brigati, guitarist Gene Cornish, and drummer Dino Danelli formed the Young Rascals during 1964 and rode a series of brilliant singles all the way to their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997.
Their sound was known as blue eyed soul. One of the the best examples of this style was their single “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long.” It was a rock instrumental with a soulful vocal. It was released January 26, 1967 and reached number 16 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
It msay not have been one of their more memorable singles but it was one of their best.
June 23, 2011
Felix Cavaliere, Dino Danelli, Eddie Brigati, and Gene Cornish formed The Young Rascals, (later changed to just the Rascals), during 1964. They would produce a number of what were called “blue eyed soul” classics, before disbanding during 1972. They were elected to The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997.
Their break-out hit was “Good Lovin'” which was released March 12, 1966. It would top the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Single Chart for one week.
It was a blast of up-tempo rock/soul. It stayed on the charts for 14 weeks. It remains a song that still receives airplay 45 years later.