In the mid-60's I was programming KCOH in Houston, a top rated R&B Radio Station. I began to sprinkle some bluesy rock bands into the mix and had good response from the listeners. Four guys from Garfield, NJ, THE YOUNG RASCALS: Eddie Brigati (vocals), Felix Cavaliere (keyboard, vocals), Gene Cornish (guitar) and Dino Danelli (drums) with their "Blue Eyed Soul," (I don't think there was a blue eye in the group, but that was the term we used) were among the most popular and often climbed the Pop and R&B charts simultaneously.
Between 1966 and 1968 The Rascals had nine hit singles on the Billboard Pop Chart including three #1's, "Good Lovin'", "Groovin'" and "People Got To Be Free." They drifted apart in the early 70's going in different directions, but reunited in 2012 for shows in New York and New Jersey, their former base. E Street guitarist, rock and roll historian, and Sirius XM host Little Steven Van Zandt helped book the show, and the band played to sold out shows on Broadway where they were joyfully welcomed back.
The Young Rascals were among the early groups inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the class of 1997. For their TDR premier, I've selected their 1967 chart topping hit, GROOVIN', which sounds as good today as it did then, in a video of the boys roaming in Central Park at the time with good video and fine augmented sound. Rock On! @therealdonrocks
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