Hit Songs of 1968 – #18

“A Beautiful Morning” was a hit for The Rascals. Preciously they had been The Young Rascals but with release they were no longer young. The song was written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati.

The group had been together since 1965 but Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere, and Gene Cornish had previously been members of Joey Dee and the Starliters (“Peppermint Twist”). In 1970 members started dropping out. The group occasionally has gotten back together for reunions. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. About ten years ago there were two groups touring at the same time with former members. One group was called The New Rascals and the other was called Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals.

“A Beautiful Morning” made up to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of May 19 – June 1, 1968. On the pop chart of Record World the song was at #2 for those two same weeks.