Several members of the sixties blue-eyed soul group the Young Rascals had spent time earlier as members of Joey Dee & The Starlighters, of Peppermint Twist fame. By the mid-sixties, the Rascals were making a name for themselves around New York City singing soul-drenched rock & roll.
Their first big hit of note came when group leader Felix Cavaliere heard the original version of Good Lovin' by the Olympics being played on a New York radio station. The Rascals recorded the song, with producer Tom Dowd giving it a live sound, and by the spring of 1966, it had climbed to number one on Billboard's Hot 100 pop music chart. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame picked the Rascals' version of Good Lovin' as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock, and Rolling Stone magazine placed it at number 333 on their list of the 500 best rock & roll songs of all time. These are the Rascals, and Good Lovin'. @therealdonrocks
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