Perhaps the greatest of all "blue-eyed soul" groups, The Young Rascals hit the big time in April 1966 when their second single, "Good Lovin'," topped the Hot 100. Their soulful sound featured Felix Cavaliere on the Hammond B3 organ and lead vocals, Eddie Brigati on percussion and alternating lead vocals, Gene Cornish on guitar, vocals, and bass, and Dino Danelli on drums.

All but Dino had been in Joey Dee and The Starliters before striking out together on their own. Dino was a veteran jazz and R&B drummer from New Orleans. The Young Rascals were not only a great live act but also recorded over a dozen singles that reached the top 40 of Billboard's weekly Hot 100 chart.

From the outset they covered R&B tunes (e.g., Good Lovin', In The Midnight Hour, Mustang Sally) as well as any white group ever did. Only Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels belong in the same conversation - the two groups had in common outstanding drummers. But Felix and Eddie also developed into amazing R&B songwriters, hitting such peaks as "I've Been Lonely Too Long," "Groovin'," "How Can I Be Sure," and "People Got To Be Free."

The group dropped "Young" from its name in 1968 and continued recording for Atlantic Records through 1970. Early in 1971 a "new" Rascals consisting of only Felix and Dino moved on to Columbia Records, making two more albums in 1971-72.

To see and hear what an exciting band they were, check out the YouTube clips we've embedded and linked to (on the Home Page for two weeks, then in Featured Artist Archive). Are you a Rascals fan? How do they rank among your top American Rock & Roll Bands?

(The [Young] Rascals were our Featured Artist for the weeks of May 18 and May 25.)