Home Music The Rascals Will Reunite for Tour: It’s A Beautiful Morning

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.


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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
9 replies to this post
  1. In 1968, The Rascals appeared at my college for perhaps the best concert I have
    ever attended. Over 2 hours of solid sound for $15.

  2. Oh I just love your comments Lynda. You are indeed a Rascals fan. So am I. I cannot contain myself right now after reading about Van Zandt having them together in April at Richard Rodgers Theatre. I have GOT to be there..because ” I Got to be Free”.

  3. I actually just found “this”playing on my computer. I have been a HUGE Rascals’ fan since the late 60’s when I was in my own all-girls rock band and, at the same time, started my own fan club for “the guys”. I reunited with Felix several years ago and heard last Spring that this reunion/tour would be happening…Yes, a dream come true for ME TOO! I’m “Groovin’ ” right off my chair now and need to “Get On Up” so computer dufus, “me,” can go find as much info on this GLORIOUS event as I can!! “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long” and want my RASCALS back!!!!

  4. My very first concert: The Rascals at Asbury Park Convention Hall, 8/24/68. How I hope this tour is for real! But Roger, this proud Jersey girl needs to point out that although the group was New York City based, Dino and Eddie are “Jersey boys,” from Jersey City and Garfield respectively.

  5. If they sound half as good as they did in their heyday, it will be a great show. With all the other groups that have made fortunes on reunion tours they’ve let a lot of money pass them by. This tour will do a lot to reverse that. Good luck to them.

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