Often, a band will pass its public prime, but still be creating magnificent music. One example of this is The Rascals. Originally known as The Young Rascals, their biggest hit was one of their first, “Good Lovin’“:
By 1970, two of the four original members, Eddie Brigati and Ottawa-born Gene Cornish, had departed, leaving lead singer and principal composer Felix Cavaliere and drummer Dino Danelli to carry on with others. They changed labels, from Atlantic to Columbia, and released two albums, Peaceful World (1971) and The Island of Real (1972). Some people seem to see The Island of Real as I do, being an exceptional album meriting much greater success at the time and much greater popularity now. Somebody has uploaded three songs from the album, including the laidbackjazz “Lament” and a very funky “Time Will Tell”. “Time Will Tell” should have been a hit then, and could still be a hit today, in its original version. Background vocals by Molly Holt and Annie Sutton, the latter of whom continues to perform.
“Time Will Tell” starts at the 5 minute mark of this three song upload, followed by another song, “Lament”, that could have/should have become a jazz standard:
Postscript, August 6, 2011: Molly Holt also continues to perform, as I recently found out. She is primarily a jazz singer now. She is Marlene Holt, performing as Marlena, as may be reviewed here.
Postscript, January 26, 2013: When linking a post from Youtube, one never know how long it might last, since postings come and go, due to copyright claims and otherwise. The original link to the song no longer works, though someone has gone on to post the entire album on Youtube. “Time Will Tell” is at the 34:48 mark. For how long…?
Postscript, February 15, 2016: With so much acrimony in this band, including the cancellation of its fiftieth anniversary tour, the claims and counterclaims seem to result in much YouTube up and down. Here it comes again, at 34:48: