The Rascals are back together again - sort of. Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish helped form the famous classic rock band in New Jersey back in the early 1960s, and went on to help define the decade’s pop/rock sound with feel-good hits like “Groovin’,” “Beautiful Morning” and “Good Lovin’.” Now Cavaliere and Cornish have teamed up once again to take their music in The Rascals discography on the road across North America throughout the rest of this summer and into fall.
The pair of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees will bring their half-century’s worth of experience in performing to smaller cities across the country before their 2018 campaign ends on Nov. 4. Some of the notable shows on their upcoming tour schedule include stops at Anaheim, California’s City National Grove on Aug. 24, and Saratoga, California’s Mountain Winery the following evening on Aug. 25. Before the two veteran rockers make their way to a venue close to you this summer and fall, here are five things which you may not have known about the musicians and their band.
1. Their drummer for the tour is no standard hired hand
Often times when solo or headline-level artists go out on tour, they’ll hire a handful of backing musicians to join them throughout the run. Sometimes they’re journeyman studio players, or they’ve been discovered from their work in other bands, but more often than not the audiences they play for probably don’t know their names. For their tour, however, Cavaliere and Cornish have recruited Hall-of-Fame drummer Carmine Appice, who has played with artists ranging from Ozzy Osbourne and Rod Stewart, to Pink Floyd.
2. Cornish and Cavaliere were in other bands prior to forming The Rascals
The Rascals was not the start of the musical journeys for both Cornish and Cavaliere. In the early 1960s, both men were part of a different pop/rock outfit named Joey Dee and the Starliters, who had a big hit with “Peppermint Twist” in 1961. Cornish would go on to form his own band, The Unbeatables, in 1964 and eventually teaming back up with Cavaliere and a few other fellas for a new group which would eventually become known as The Rascals, who began performing live the following year in 1965.
3. This isn’t the first Rascals reunion to feature Cavaliere and Cornish
The Rascals began to disband starting in the early 1970s when Eddie Brigati and Cornish left the group. They would reunite in 1988 for a one-off performance at Atlantic Records’ 40th Anniversary party, which eventually led to plans for a full tour (sans Brigati) that lasted only a few shows. The Anniversary performance at least gave Cornish and drummer Dino Danelli enough fire to form “The New Rascals,” while Cavaliere formed his own outfit, “Felix Cavaliere's Rascals.” All the original members of The Rascals would reunite again in April of 2010.
4. They’re 4x Hall-Of-Famers
The Rascals were famously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, and Grammy Hall of Fame (for “Groovin’”) in 1999, but that’s not the only exclusive music club for which Cavaliere and Cornish are a part of. The band was also invited to join the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005, while Cavaliere was inducted into the much more exclusive Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside his Rascals bandmate Eddie Brigati in June of 2009. Not a bad career resume if you ask us!
5. Aretha Franklin slightly disrupted “Groovin’s” consecutive run atop Billboard’s pop singles chart
When “Groovin’” arrived in the spring of 1967, fans were more than ready to make it one of their anthems for the coming “Summer of Love” later on the year and helped keep the song atop the Billboard singles chart for four weeks. Those weeks would all have been consecutive had it not been for Aretha Franklin’s new single, “Respect,” which also earned two weeks at No. 1 before “Groovin’” returned for two more afterward. Surely Cavaliere and Cornish didn’t mind being part of such historical company back in the late 1960s.