Saturday, January 8, 2011
Dinner with the great Felix Cavaliere in Nashville 2008
Felix Cavaliere (born November 29, 1944) is an American music producer and musician.
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. 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 artist such as Laura Nyro and Jimmie Spheeris.
Cavaliere had a solo hit with "Only A Lonely Heart Sees" (1980), which made #36 in th Billboard Pop 100 charts. 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 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.