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How Can I Be Sure

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"How Can I Be Sure"
How Can I Be Sure.png
Cover of the 1967 Italy single
Single by The Young Rascals
from the album Groovin'
B-side"I'm So Happy Now"
ReleasedAugust 28, 1967 (1967-08-28)
Producer(s)The Young Rascals
The Young Rascals singles chronology
"A Girl Like You"
"How Can I Be Sure"
"It's Wonderful"
Audio sample
"How Can I Be Sure"

"How Can I Be Sure" is a popular song written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, and originally recorded by The Young Rascals for their 1967 album Groovin' with a single release in August 1967 affording the group their fourth Top 10 hit peaking at #4.

"How Can I Be Sure" reached #4 on the Hot 100 in Billboard in October 1967, ranking as the most successful (Young) Rascals' hit featuring a lead vocal by Eddie Brigati. The single's B-side: "I'm So Happy Now" (also included on the Groovin' album), was written and sung by Rascals guitarist Gene Cornish. Featuring a unique guitar phase-out ending, it was the first Cornish-penned song to appear on a Rascals single.

Of a rock-oriented band such as the (Young) Rascals introducing a traditional pop-style song such as "How Can I Be Sure" Cavaliere has stated: "The only reason we were brave enough to do that was [because] the Beatles did 'Michelle' and 'Yesterday'." (Cavaliere had an especial awareness of the Beatles having toured Europe with them in 1963 when Cavaliere was a member of Joey Dee and the Starliters; also the Rascals would open for the Beatles at Shea Stadium 15 August 1965).[1] The track features the sounds of a trumpet, bass, piano, drums, and strings, giving the feeling of cabaret music as well as a concertina, chosen to add the feel of a French café. The song's musical styles include blue-eyed soul and pop.[2][3] The song came out of the experience with transcendental meditation that the Rascals were involved in.[citation needed]

"How Can I Be Sure" was one of several songs inspired by group founder Felix Cavaliere's girlfriend Adrienne Becchuri, a Pelham (New York) high school student Cavaliere met in 1966 the year he turned 24: (Felix Cavaliere quote:) "I fell madly in love with this woman who actually turned out to be a muse...[R]eally the only reason she was in my life [was to] spark that kind of emotion and feeling that generates those types of songs."[4] Cavaliere and Buccheri remained a couple for a year, with Cavaliere first celebrating Buccheri in the blissful Rascals' hits "Groovin'" and "A Girl Like You", and then with the introspective "How Can I Be Sure" expressing doubts about the relationship — he and Buccheri had recently become engaged—, and despite the positive resolution of the song Cavaliere did in fact decide that he and Buccheri best part ((Felix Cavaliere quote:)I woke up one day and said: 'What the hell am I doing? I’m going out with a kid.'").[4]

Chart performance

Dusty Springfield version

"How Can I Be Sure"
Single by Dusty Springfield
from the album The Dusty Springfield Anthology
ReleasedSeptember 4, 1970 (1970-09-04)
LabelPhilips Records
Songwriter(s)Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati
Producer(s)Johnny Franz, Dusty Springfield
Dusty Springfield singles chronology
"I Wanna Be A Free Girl"
"How Can I Be Sure"

"How Can I Be Sure" was covered by British singer Dusty Springfield and released as a non-LP single in September 1970. It was rumoured that this recording and single release may have been prompted by her well received performance of the song on the Des O'Connor Show in May 1970. Dusty was hopeful that this single would fare better than her then-recent American recordings which were met with relative indifference in the UK (aside from the US and UK Top 10 hit "Son of a Preacher Man").

Despite several promotional television and radio appearances and glowing reviews from the press, the single only spent one week in the UK Top 40 and only four weeks total on the chart. The song was issued specifically for the British market and would not be issued in America until the release of The Dusty Springfield Anthology in 1997.

Track listing
  • Side A: "How Can I Be Sure" (2:43)
  • Side B: "Spooky" (2:42)

"Spooky" is a cover of the Classics IV hit and was recorded in January 1968 but left unused for almost three years until it featured as the b-side to this single.

Chart (1970) Peak
UK Singles Chart 36

David Cassidy version

"How Can I Be Sure"
How Can I Be Sure - David Cassidy.jpg
Single by David Cassidy
from the album Rock Me Baby
B-side"Ricky's Tune"
ReleasedMay 1972
LabelBell Records
Songwriter(s)Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati
Producer(s)Wes Farrell
David Cassidy singles chronology
"Could It Be Forever"
"How Can I Be Sure"
"Rock Me Baby"


In 1972 "How Can I Be Sure" was recorded for the album Rock Me Baby by David Cassidy (David Cassidy quote:) "Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere [were] two of the great musical influences of my teenage years [when] I thought [the Rascals] were just about the best American pop band...[That song] brought back so many memories of that [time] for me."[13] (Another Rascals' hit: the Cavaliere/ Brigati composition "I've Been Lonely Too Long", was also remade by Cassidy for Rock Me Baby: concurrent with the album's recording Cassidy's producer Wes Farrell would acquire ownership of the entire Rascals song catalogue).[14] Released as the album's first single, "How Can I Be Sure" became the second of Cassidy's three Top 30 solo hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with a peak of #25, Cassidy's third Top 30 hit (and fifth and final Top 40 hit) being " "Lyin' to Myself" eighteen years later in 1990. On the Billboard Easy Listening chart "How Can I Be Sure" peaked at #3. [15]

In the British Isles "How Can I Be Sure" would afford Cassidy a #1 hit on both the Irish Singles Chart and also (for two weeks) the singles chart for the UK, being the second of Cassidy's overall 11 UK chart hits six of which would reach the Top Ten including his second #1 UK hit: the double A-side hit "Daydreamer"/"The Puppy Song" (#1 for three weeks in 1973).[16] "How Can I Be Sure" also charted with more moderate impact in Australia (#16), Canada (#22), Germany (#33), and the Netherlands (#13).

Track listing
  • Side A: "How Can I Be Sure" (2:52)
  • Side B: "Ricky's Tune" (3:24)

Chart history

Weekly charts

Chart (1972) Peak
Australia KMR[17] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 1
UK Singles Chart[16] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 25
US Billboard Easy Listening[20] 3
US Cash Box Top 100[21] 15

Year-end charts

Chart (1972) Rank
Australia [22] 144
UK 19
US (Joel Whitburn's Pop Annual)[23] 182

Other versions


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  3. ^ Brock Helander (1999). Rocking Sixties. Schirmer Books. ISBN 978-0-02-864873-6.
  4. ^ a b Mike Morsch (May 11, 2019). "The backstory of making the 'Groovin" album by The Young Rascals". The Vinyl Dialogues Blog. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  5. ^ Go-Set National Top 40, November 29, 1967
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  11. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1967/Top 100 Songs of 1967". Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  12. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1967". Archived from the original on 30 September 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  13. ^ Cassidy, David (2012). Could It Be Forever? My Story (ebook ed.). London: Headline Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-7553-6468-8.
  14. ^ Van Nuys News 9 June 1972 p. 44
  15. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 50.
  16. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 278. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  17. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  18. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – How Can I Be Sure". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  19. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  20. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 44.
  21. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 7/08/72". Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  22. ^ "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  23. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  24. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  25. ^ Tampa Tribune 11 July 2008 "Lynne Travels Dusty's Trails" by Curtis Ross p.13

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