The Young Rascals

They were young, cute, blue-eyed soul boys from New Jersey, and when they had to change their name from The Rascals to The Young Rascals – because of objections from an outfit called The Harmonica Rascals (no, neither do we) – it fitted just fine. They went on to make a series of fantastic records for Atlantic, including No 1 hits Good Lovin’, Groovin’, and People Got to Be Free. Many of their songs were written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, including How Can I Be Sure in 1967. A hallmark of their work was superb production and sound, augmented by top musicians such as King Curtis, Ron Carter and Hubert Laws. They made several fine albums, the first three as The Young Rascals, and then from Once Upon a Dream in 1968 they were The Rascals again. They were inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

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