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Rascals’ guitarist Cornish recovering with pacemaker

FILE - In this May 24, 2013, file photo, Gene Cornish, of The Rascals, performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Publicist Melissa Kucirek said Thursday that the 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist is recovering after collapsing on stage in Billings, Mont., on Sept. 7 due to a heart arrhythmia. He had a pacemaker implanted and has been cleared to resume performances in October. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP, file)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A publicist says Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Gene Cornish of The Rascals had a pacemaker implanted after collapsing on stage during a Montana concert.

Melissa Kucirek said Thursday a heart arrhythmia caused Cornish to collapse in Billings on Sept. 7 while performing with keyboardist Felix Cavaliere and guest drummer Carmine Appice.

Cornish, 74, said he was grateful for the two nurses in attendance who came to his aid, along with others.

Kucirek says Cornish has been cleared to start his rehabilitation and resume performances in October.

Cornish and Cavaliere were two of the founding members of The Rascals in 1965. Their No. 1 hits were “Groovin,” ”Good Lovin'” and “People Got to Be Free.”

They were inducted into the hall in 1997.

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