Felix Cavaliere is about to become a three-time Hall of Famer.
The Rascals frontman, already inducted along with his band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and with creative partner Eddie Brigati in the Songwriters Hall, learned Wednesday that he'll be joining the Musicians Hall of Fame this fall.
While not as well known than its rival organizations, Cavaliere says the Nashville-based Musicians Hall serves an important purpose.
"This organization was started a few years back to honor background musicians. It's all about people who contribute to making records, making songs that we all know. One of the best examples is Reggie Young, who just passed away, who was one of the finest guitarists of our century -- and nobody knew his name. I mean, well I won't say nobody. But anyway, that's what's this was started for."
After initially focusing on session players and other background figures, the Hall widened its appeal by adding recording stars who play their own instruments.
Felix Cavaliere says the Musicians Hall of Fame has widened the range of artists it honors to include hit-making musicians.
"And then, it kind of expanded over the years to have... oh, they put Randy Bachman in, Peter Frampton in, they put Toto in. And it's kind of like, gotten out to the... it's a little more mainstream artists that you would know."
While Felix and his Rascals band mates weren't technically session players, they all had offers to back other New York-based artists. Cavaliere worked with soul music star Solomon Burke, while the legendary Jimi Hendrix reached out to Dino Danelli.
Felix Cavaliere talked about The Rascals' opportunities to work with other artists.
"I played on some of Solomon Burke's stuff, at Atlantic. And the guys were asked to do a lot of things, whether they did it or not, I mean. I know Dino was asked to play with Jimi Hendrix and did not do it. That's so stupid, I couldn't believe it. But he was asked."
Cavaliere and Don Everly represent rock 'n' roll in Musicians Hall of Fame's Class of 2019. They will be honored along with producers Billy Sherrill and Owen Bradley and country artists Alabama and Steve Wariner at a gala in Nashville on October 22nd.