1965 – The Young Rascals release “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore”

The Young Rascals – later simply the Rascals – were a quartet from New Jersey: Eddie Brigati (vocals), Felix Cavaliere (keyboard, vocals), Gene Cornish (guitar) and Dino Danelli (drums). In a career lasting a mere eight years, they had three number one singles in the USA, including “People Got To Be Free” and “Groovin'”.

“I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore” was their first single, which reached only to #52 on the American charts. It was included on their debut album, released in late March of 1966, and has been covered a number of times. The best known of these covers is likely the Divinyls’ version from 1992, which appeared on the soundtrack of the original “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” film. Other artists to cover the song include the Jackson Five and Shania Twain.

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R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. — John Cougar Mellencamp