|Birth name||Felix Cavaliere|
November 29, 1942 |
|Origin||Pelham, New York, USA|
|Instruments||Vocals, organ, piano|
|Labels||Bearsville, Wounded Bird, MCA, Stax|
|Associated acts||The Rascals, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Steve Cropper, Felix Caviliere's Rascals|
Although he was a member of Joey Dee and His Starlighters best known for their hit "Peppermint Twist", he is best known for his association with The Young Rascals during the 1960s. The other members of The Rascals were Eddie Brigati, Dino Danelli, and Gene Cornish. Cavaliere sang vocals on six of their successful singles. At an early age he joined The Stereos and moved on to form The Escorts, whilst at university. He later produced albums by other artists such as Laura Nyro and Jimmie Spheeris.
Cavaliere had a solo hit with "Only A Lonely Heart Sees" (1980), which made #36 in the Billboard Pop 100 chart and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Cavaliere and former Rascals bandmate Dino Danelli joined Steve Van Zandt to record Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul's album Men Without Women (1982). However, Cavaliere strongly disputes this and claims that he was never a member of Little Steven's band.
After fifteen years he recorded Dreams in Motion (1994), produced by Don Was. During 1995 Cavaliere was a touring member of Ringo Starr's third All-Starr Band. On October 15, 2006 he inducted Vanilla Fudge into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. In 2008, he recorded an album with Steve Cropper "Nudge it Up a Notch", which was released July 29, 2008. He continues to tour as Felix Cavaliere's Rascals and on June 18, 2009 Cavaliere, along with former writing partner Eddie Brigati, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. On April 24, 2010, all four members of the Rascals reunited for the Kristen Ann Carr benefit, which was held at New York's Tribeca Grill.
He and his wife currently reside in Nashville, TN.
- Felix Cavaliere (Bearsville/Wounded Bird) (1974) Produced by Todd Rundgren
- Destiny (Bearsville/Wounded Bird) (1974)
- Castles in the Air (Epic) (1979)
- Dreams in Motion (MCA) (1994)
- Nudge it up a Notch (Stax)(2008)
- Midnight Flyer (Stax) (2010)
Epic PE-34980 (1977)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyqc469HzIs Felix Cavaliere's 2009 Interview on The Strange Dave Show Part 2.
- Ruhlmann, William. "Felix Cavaliere". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 50.
- Deming, Mark. "Steve Van Zandt, Men Without Women album". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zSCLqSrbsw Felix Cavaliere's 2009 Interview on The Strange Dave Show Part 1.
- "Felix Cavaliere, Albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
Epic PE-34980 (1977)
- Felix Cavaliere website
- The Rascals Appreciation Site
- Felix Cavaliere performing "People Got To Be Free"
- Felix Cavaliere's Rascals