​Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

Rock and Roll Hall-of Famer Felix Cavaliere is perhaps known best for his role as keyboardist and singer for the 1960s pop/rock group The Rascals. With five top 20 albums, thirteen, top 40 singles, and three #1 hits, Felix Cavaliere is a force to be reckoned with. As a member of The Rascals, Cavaliere released a number of timeless classics, including “Good Lovin,” “Groovin,” and “People Got to Be Free.” Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals features some of the original rock group’s most popular hits that have become part of American music history.

Surrounded by music since birth, Felix Cavaliere dreamt of being a classical pianist until the age of 14. After his mother passed away, the aspiring artist’s vision shifted towards a new trend in music and his artistic influences focused on such innovative performers as Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, and Sam Cooke. In his early teens, Cavaliere started a band called The Stereos and quickly began developing his unique style of singing and performing. The Rascals were formed in 1965 and quickly became the hottest group in America with their 1966 #1 hit “Good Lovin.” Arguably the Rascal’s biggest hit in their career, “People Got to Be Free,” was written by Cavaliere himself as a response to the recent assassinations of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. By the 1970s, the Rascals’ sound had shifted, incorporating elements of jazz and psychedelic rock. By 1972, the group had disbanded.

Felix Cavaliere’s solo career began in the mid-1970s with a series of singles as well as albums. Over his career as a solo artist, Cavaliere released five albums. The latest release, the 1994 album Dreams in Motion, explored the tumultuous feelings of falling in love. In 1997, Felix and the Rascals were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2009, Felix Cavaliere was also inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame as a celebration of his gift for lyric and melody. Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals revisit the sounds of the 1960s, performing some of the most popular pop/rock hits of the time period.