The group we know as The Rascals was actually a direct offshoot of JOEY DEE AND THE STARLIGHTERS which featured Eddie's older brother, David. The Starlighters achieved worldwide fame and notoriety in the early sixties with a string of hits, most notably THE PEPPERMINT TWIST (#1,1962). Their legendary stint at New York's PEPPERMINT LOUNGE launched their fame and THE PEPPERMINT TWIST became a dance phenomenon throughout the country. In 1964, destiny brought together Gene, Eddie and Felix who performed simultaneously as Starlighters until they broke away from Joey Dee, recruited drummer Dino Danelli, and formed The Rascals in February, 1965.

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Joey Dee & The Starlighters various personnel included:

Joey Dee
David Brigati
Larry Vernieri
Willie Davis
Rogers Freeman
Bill Callanan
Sam Taylor
Carl Lattimore
Jimmy James (aka Jimi Hendrix)
Felix Cavaliere
Eddie Brigati
Gene Cornish
 
 
         
     
         
     
         
     
 

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