Today in 1967 The Young Rascals hit No. 1 on the US Singles Chart with their song 'Groovin'. The song was an interpretation of a new style of Afro-Cuban with instruments such as a conga, Cuban-based Bass Guitar and a harmonica. The style was a far cry from The Young Rascals groove (pun intended! lol); so much so that Atlantic Records wasn't going to release the song. Well it's a good thing they did, the song hit the charts immediately and went gold in less than a month!
'Groovin' is included as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and subsequently the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. That didn't take long hey? Oops, did I say that out loud? 'Groovin also received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. As recent as 2010 The Rascals were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame - atta go boyz!! This is the part where I completely deviate and take you up to 1996. Pato Banton covered 'Groovin' and took it to the top of the UK Charts. YAW-MON! I really dig this version;
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