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Petition to induct Eddie Brigati Singer/Song Writer of the band (Young Rascals) into the 2015 New Jersey Hall of Fame

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Please add your name to this petition if you agree the very talented and beloved Young Rascal's member and Garfield native, Eddie Brigati, should be inducted into the 2015 NJ Hall of Fame

Eddie Brigati(bornEdward Brigati Jr., 22 October 1945,Garfield,New Jersey) is an Americansingerandsongwriter.

Most memorably, Brigati sharedvocals, and playedtambourine, in thepopgroupThe Young Rascalsfrom 1965 to 1970. Prior to his stint with The Young Rascals (who later shortened their name to The Rascals), Brigati had been a member ofJoey Dee and the Starliters(having actually replaced his brother, original StarliterDavid Brigati, in that group). The Rascals were the first all-white group signed toAtlantic Records. They (along withThe Righteous BrothersandThe Box Tops), were practitioners of a genre of music coined 'blue-eyed soul'.

Brigati (along with fellow group memberFelix Cavaliere)wrotethesongsthat made the Rascals' one of the more successfulrecordinggroups of their era. He helped compose "A Beautiful Morning", "Groovin'", "People Got to Be Free", "I've Been Lonely Too Long", "You Better Run", and "How Can I Be Sure".

Brigati left the group in 1970 after their contract withAtlanticexpired, and they chose to sign withColumbia. In 1976, Eddie and David Brigati recorded analbum,Lost In the Wilderness, under the name Brigati. They also performed onThe New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beaconin 1992.

The (Young) Rascals were inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Famein 1997 and in 2005, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. On June 18, 2009, Brigati (along with partner Cavaliere) was inducted into theSongwriters Hall of Fame. On April 24, 2010, Brigati reunited with the other three members of the Rascals. They performed at the Kristen Ann Carr benefit (held at New York City's Tribeca Grill). The quartet played a set that ran over one hour and featured several of their top hits from the 1960s.

He is currently reunited with his band-mates. The Rascals appeared at the Capital Theater in Port Chester, NY for six shows in December 2012 and for fifteen dates at the Richard Rogers Theatre on Broadway (April 15-May 5, 2013). Their current production is entitled 'Once Upon A Dream.' It is produced by long-time Rascals' fans,Steven Van Zandtand his wifeMaureen.

Brigati and his wife, Susan Lovell, reside in his home state of New Jersey.

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