The Rascals were formed by Eddie Brigati, born October 22, 1945 in Garfield, New Jersey, Felix Cavaliere, born November 29, 1944 at Flushing, New York, Gene Cornish, born May 14, 1944, in Ottawa, Canada and Dino Danelli, born July 23, 1945 in Jersey City, New Jersey.
They dressed in vintage schoolboy costumes with knickers, Eton collars and short ties. After seeing them perform at The Barge, a Long Island club, Sid Bernstein became their manager. He renamed them The Young Rascals, and convinced Atlantic Records to sign them. In 1968, they changed their name back to The Rascals.
Their music was influenced by R&B as well as British Invasion sounds and they were notable among blue eyed soul groups for writing most of their own material.
In 1966 they topped the Hit Parade with “Good Lovin’” and a year later “Groovin” also peaked at #1, with “A Girl Like You” and “How Can I Be Sure” also million sellers. In 1968 “A Beautiful Morning” earned them another gold record with “People Got To Be Free” topping the chart. The group disbanded in 1972.
The Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010.