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, I forced them 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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