1968 The Young Rascals – It’s Wonderful
When they began recording as a group, a group of musicians used the name The Rascals. When they signed with Atlantic Records, they were forced to rename their group The Young Rascals because The Harmonica Rascals objected to the use of a similar name. The group had a half-dozen hits in 1966 and 1967, including the #1 smash hit Groovin’.
Near the end of 1967, the group recorded It’s Wonderful, a psychedelic single that became the lead-off single from their next album. Group members Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere wrote the song and shared lead vocals, and the group produced the record themselves. The song had a strange ending which included echoed music, sound effects, and even some kazoos. Radio stations are loath to play anything that might sound off-putting to somebody who has just tuned into the station, so perhaps the ending hampered efforts to get airplay. The single only reached #20 on the Hot 100.
With their next record, the group changed their name back to The Rascals. Their other two singles in 1968 abandoned the psychedelic motif. A Beautiful Morning peaked at #3, while People Got To Be Free took them back to the top of the Hot 100.
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