Best known as the singer and keyboardist for The Rascals (“Good Lovin’” and “Groovin’” among other hits), the legendary Felix Cavaliere makes his debut in Rockport. Despite a career spanning five decades, Cavaliere remains at the height of his powers, that instantly recognizable soulful voice continuing to enthrall audiences all over the globe.
With three #1 hits under his belt (“Good Lovin’” “Groovin’” and “People Got to Be Free”), as well as an entire catalog of other beloved classics (“It’s a Beautiful Morning,” “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long” etc.), Felix Cavaliere helped launch The Rascals into the pop stratosphere. A songwriter as well as a dynamite organ player and singer, Cavaliere has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriter Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Cavaliere grew up in Westchester County, New York and studied classical piano until falling in love with soul and R&B and taking up the Hammond organ. In 1965 he formed The Rascals (also called The Young Rascals) with his friends Dino Danelli, Eddie Brigati, and Gene Cornish. Within the year they were signed to Atlantic Records and soon scored their first mega hit “Good Lovin’” in 1966. The next few years were a whirlwind for Cavaliere and the Rascals, as the band became one of the top-selling groups in the country, charting a slew of top 20 hits and leaving a bevy of followers in their wake. In 1968 they released their final #1 hit, a horn-blasting slice of funky R&B called “People Got to be Free” that featured Cavaliere singing an impassioned plea for racial tolerance.
The original members of The Rascals started to go their separate ways in the 70’s, with Cavaliere branching out into a solo career that found the singer/keyboardist branching out into jazz-influenced material. He has released several acclaimed solo records, the most recent being the Nudge It Up a Notch (2008) and Midnight Flyer (2010) – both produced by Stax legend Steve Cropper.
In 1997, The Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor that thrust Cavaliere and the band back in to the spotlight. A few years later, iconic rocker Steven Van Zandt wrote and directed a production based on and starring The Rascals called Once Upon a Dream which followed the band through its meteoric rise to stardom. The show made a successful run on Broadway in 2013.
“Mr. Cavaliere’s voice is still exultant.”- New York Times
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