Felix Cavaliere's Rascals are coming to Niagara Falls this September, relieving the glory days of the 60's with numerous hits.
Felix Cavaliere's Rascals in Niagara Falls
Felix Cavaliere's Musical Beginnings
The 1960s and 70s saw the rise of Felix Cavaliere, an American singer and songwriter who entertained audiences with a fresh rock and roll sound. Throughout his career, he teamed up with various acts but is best known for his association with the Young Rascals consisting of Eddie Brigati (vocals), Dino Danelli (drummer), and Gene Cornish (guitarist). Their collaboration resulted in several Billboard Hot 100 hits in the 1960s. In 1997, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More recently, in 2009, Cavaliere and Brigati were also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Cavaliere who is a classically trained pianist started his music career after leaving university and went on to become a back-up musician for Joey Dee and the Starliters. But it was his performance with the Young Rascals that caught the attention of promoter/manager Sid Bernstein. The band signed up with Atlantic Records in 1965 and was called The Rascals. Then started a period of wonderful music and songs that resulted in huge hits for the band starting with Good Lovin’ in 1966. Music aficionados loved their rock and soul music and they delivered one chartbuster after another in the 60s with many hailing them as the best ‘blue-eyed soul’ group of that period. Groovin' and People Got To Be Free also climbed up to number 1 on the charts and other numbers such as:
- A Beautiful Morning
- How Can I Be Sure
- A Girl Like You
- I’ve Been Lonely Too Long also became very popular.
Vocals for six of The Rascals’ successful singles were sung by Cavaliere.
Disbanding the Rascals
The band achieved enormous popularity in Canada and remained one of the top acts for a few years. In 1968, the group released their album Time Peace: The Rascals' Greatest Hits that topped the US album charts and went on to become the highest selling album by The Rascals. By 1972, The Rascals disbanded but Felix Cavaliere went on to have a successful career as a solo artist. In 2010, Cavaliere and the band united for a performance at New York's Tribeca Grill. Since then the band has continued to go on tour with their live performances in several cities including the Once Upon A Dream tour of North America.
Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals have several performances lined up in the months ahead including one in Niagara Falls.
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