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Springsteen A Rascal After All

When Bruce Springsteen was growing up, Joey Dee and the Starlighters was a big draw in north Jersey and across the river, where the band created a sensation in the early 1960's as the house band at the Peppermint Lounge in Manhattan.  David Brigati, an early member of the group, would eventually be joined in the Starlighters by his brother Eddie, guitarist Gene Cornish and keyboard player Felix Cavaliere. With the addition of Jersey born drummer Dino Danelli, that trio later became a big draw themselves as the Young Rascals, the tight, pop-soul band whose Good Lovin', a #1 song of 1966, touched off a string of hits that made the Rascals one of the most successful east coast bands of the mid-late 60's.  Saturday (4/24) the Rascals got back together for the first time in 40 years.  The occasion was a benefit Little Steven from the E Street Band had a hand in organizing for the Kristen Ann Carr Fund, a cancer research charity named in honor of of the daughter of Bruce Springsteen manager Barbara Carr.  The reunion, staged at the Tribecca Grill in Manhattan, appropriately started out with I've Been Lonely Too Long, followed by a dozen of the band's biggest songs, including It's A Beautiful Morning, Groovin', You Better Run and People Got To Be Free.  The biggest, Good Lovin', they saved for last, and brought Bruce Springsteen and Van Zandt out to do it with them (watch).  An E Street Band version of the song will be included in the London Calling: Concert in Hyde Park DVD that comes out June 22. (story)

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