The Rascals recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, the quartet discussed their songwriting process and landing their first record deal with Atlantic Records, among other topics. The Rascals also performed a collection of hits, including "Good Lovin'," "A Beautiful Morning" and "I've Been Lonely Too Long."
"We were in charge of our own musical destiny," said vocalist/keyboardist Felix Cavaliere. "Our contract called for us to produce ourselves, which was unique in those days. So now we had the opportunity to try [songwriting]."
The Rascals — comprising Eddie Brigati (vocals), Cavaliere, Gene Cornish (guitar), and Dino Danelli (drums) — formed in 1964 as the Young Rascals. After signing with Atlantic Records in 1965, they scored their first No. 1 hit with a cover of the Olympics' "Good Lovin'," which was featured on their eponymous 1966 debut album. In 1967 the Rascals released two hit albums — Collections (No. 14) and Groovin' (No. 5), the latter of which featured the No. 1 hit "Groovin'." "Groovin'" was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1999. In 1968 the band released their lone No. 1 album to date, Time Peace: The Rascals' Greatest Hits. That same year they landed their third No. 1 hit, "People Got To Be Free," which is featured on 1969's Freedom Suite.
Following the release of The Island Of Real in 1972, the Rascals disbanded. The group reunited in 2012 for "The Rascals: Once Upon A Dream," a Broadway musical which was produced and directed by GRAMMY winner Steven Van Zandt, who previously inducted the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Record Theater: Meet The Beatles! (Capitol T 2407) In Mono (Feb. 24) and The Drop: La Santa Cecilia (March 5).
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