Saturday, October 6, 2012

"Only a Lonely Heart Sees" by Felix Cavaliere

Song#:  0072
Date:  03/01/1980
Debut:  85
Peak:  36
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Pop, Soft Rock



Pop Bits:  Felix Cavaliere is one of those names I see and think - I've never heard of this guy before. But then I find out I have, and most likely you have too. Cavaliere was in The Rascals and sang lead on hit songs like "Groovin'," "Good Lovin'," and "A Beautiful Morning." He was also a co-writer on most of their tracks as well. After The Rascals called it a day in 1972, Cavaliere started a solo career and in 1974 came out with his self-titled debut produced by Todd Rundgren. The album and its follow-up didn't make any waves, but he did finally reach the Top 40 with this single from his third album "Castles In the Air." He still tours as of this date as "Felix Cavaliere's Rascals."

ReduxReview:  I've heard the song (I have it on a compilation) but had no idea who Cavaliere was. It is really interesting to find the history of artists like this that were able to put something on the chart. The song is a nice enough AC fare, but a bit bland. However, I hadn't heard the song in a long while and I instantly recognized it, so I guess that is good.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In addition to being a songwriter/performer, Cavaliere also produced albums by other artists including Laura Nyro. He co-produced her "Christmas and the Beads of Sweat" album with Arif Mardin.

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