The Rascals –one of the greatest rock vocal groups of all time– are getting ready to reunite for a massive tour next year, I am told.
The famous group has not been together since the beginning of the 1970s. What happened? Lots of ego trouble, and infighting. But this past April, Little Steven van Zandt brought the foursome together for a rare appearance at New York’s Tribeca Grill.
The occasion was to raise money for the Kristen Ann Carr Foundation, which is run in memory of the late daughter of rock writer Dave Marsh and his wife, Bruce Springsteen’s co-manager Barbara Carr.
Since then, the Rascals turned up at a Grammy screening of Joe Mardin‘s movie about his late legendary producer father Arif Mardin–who made all those glorious Rascals records. The Rascals, I’m told, have signed a management contract with van Zandt are finally ready to make some music.
The Rascals are Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Dino Danelli, and Gene Cornish. Their dates of operation were 1965-1972, although their biggest hits came in 1967 and 1968. Among them: “Good Lovin’,” “It’s a Beautiful Morning,” “How Can I Be Sure.” “People Gotta Be Free,” “Groovin’,” and “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore.”
The New York born and based group was one of the main acts on Atlantic Records during its heyday. Their records were produced by Mardin, Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, and Ahmet Ertegun. The records were so good that the Rascals’ greatest hits, called “Time Peace,” was one of the best selling LPs of all time.