by Robert Wilkinson
Today is the birthday of the great Eddie Brigati, vocalist and songwriter for the legendary "blue eyed soul" group the Young Rascals. We'll celebrate today!
They hit the charts in 1965, and never looked back! The Young Rascals, later just the Rascals, were one of THE premier "white soul" groups of the 60s, and their music stands up today as some of the best ever made!! Eddie Brigati's (22 October 1945) songwriting and vocals gave us some of the most amazing blue eyed soul ever!
Eddie wrote or co-wrote some of their biggest hits. “Groovin’, “ “Lonely Too Long,” “You Better Run,” “A Beautiful Morning,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “People Got To Be Free,” and too many more to list here! So it’s on with the birthday celebration!
Here's their first big hit, a major tune with an even bigger attitude! (The Rascals always did songs with attitude, even when they were just "groovin'") From Shindig in 1965 (with Alan King doing a schtick, deleted from this clip) here are the Young Rascals on tv doing their breakthrough tune "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore."
Here’s a treat! From Hullabaloo in 1966, a spoof video of the Rascals set to them performing a wailing version of the Larry Williams smash hit, the "B" side of "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore," “Slow Down”
We'll close this 1965 set of tunes from their first album with a great rave up penned by Gene and drummer Dino Danelli! One of my faves from that first album, the infinitely danceable tune giving us a hint of things to come, "Do You Feel."
From their second album "Collections," the original studio version of the beautiful tune co-written by Eddie, "What is the Reason"
The original studio cut of the infinitely danceable "Come On Up."
Here's a great live set showing off Felix's amazing singing and organ work, with some classic and utterly fantastic drumming by Dino Danelli! Seeing this shows how exciting the Young Rascals were at their peak! From 1967 on the Mike Douglas Show, a two-fer of ”Good Lovin’,” "I've Been Lonely Too Long" and "Come On Up."
Here they are live and in color doing an absolutely electrifying performance two-fer of the soul classics "Mickey's Monkey" and "Turn On Your Love Light." This one's kinetic, and so is Dino’s drumming!
Punk attitude with a wailing Hammond B-3 and a guitar riff wound tighter than a watch spring! The original studio cut of "You Better Run."
A live lip-synched performance of "Lonely Too Long."Here’s another great live performance (not lip synched!) of "Lonely Too Long."
Here’s the studio version of a tune co-written by Eddie, the infinitely danceable “Love Is A Beautiful Thing”
We’ll finish this 1966 set with a great live performance of “Since I Fell”
A great live performance from 1967 during the legendary “Summer of Love!” Here are the Rascals in 1967 on Ed Sullivan doing a live performance of their smash hit, the title song of their third album, "Groovin'." From what looks to be the same appearance, here’s another huge 1967 hit for the Rascals, "A Girl Like You." Eddie co-wrote most of the tunes on “Groovin’ with organist Felix Cavaliere, so this set really showcases his songwriting talent!
Here’s the studio version of the “B” side to “A Girl Like You,” an amazing soulful psychedelic tune featuring the exquisite flute playing of Hubert Laws! One of my all-time favorites, here’s the fantastic “It’s Love”
We’ll close 1967 with a live performance of "How Can I Be Sure."
From 1968's "Once Upon A Dream," one of their obscure gems! Here's the studio version of an archetypal 1967 vibe written by Eddie and Felix, "It's Wonderful."
Also from "Once Upon A Dream," the Gene Cornish tune "I'm Gonna Love You."
Here's the original non-LP studio version of a single released in 1968, "It's A Beautiful Morning."
Here they are live in 1969, doing their huge #1 hit from the 1969 "Freedom Suite" album, "People Got To Be Free."
From Sweden in 1969, a b/w performance of “People Got To Be Free”
Here’s another great live version from 1970 of ”Glory Glory” and “People Got To Be Free”
Original 1968 studio version of "People Got To Be Free" here. (This song was written in reaction to the assassinations that year of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and went straight to #1 on the charts.)
Also from “Freedom Suite,” here are the Rascals in 1969. Last year I found a clip of them performing live on German television but now I can’t find it anywhere. So here’s the original audio-only studio version of “Heaven”
From 1969, a live performance on ABC’s “Music Scene” of “Carry Me Back”
Couldn’t find a live clip that’s been pulled recently, but here’s the original studio version of “See” (It’s obvious where the J. Geils Band got their sound!)
Here's a clip from 1988, The Rascals on Regis.
We'll close this birthday tribute with a smokin' live performance of 'the Young Rascals and Friends" doing the immortal rock and roll anthem "Good Lovin'"
Happy Birthday, Eddie! You, Felix, Dino, and Gene made my teen years a true joy!
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson