The Turtles

An American rock band who recorded one of my favorite songs which also happens to be a most popular and happy song still played on the radio today” Happy Together”. The boys in the band were originally called The Crossfires and started off their rock and roll journey as a surf-rock band in California. The band’s two vocals who started this group were Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. When they signed up with White Whale Records they labeled themselves as a folk-rock group which was the trend in the 1960s and renamed themselves The Turtles. .Their very first single got them into the Billboard Top Ten and it was called ”It Ain’t Me Babe” followed by two more hits ”Let Me Be” and ”You Baby”.

However afterward there were no more hits and in 1966 they followed in the footsteps of other bands and appeared in a beach party type of film called ”Out of Sight” in which they sang ”She’ll Come Back”. Then came their biggest hit ”Happy Together” and it turned out to be their signature song and whenever it played one would know it was by The Turtles. Actually, this song knocked the Beatles ”Penny Lane” off of the charts and shot up to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1967 and stayed there for a whole solid three weeks. When 20th Century Fox came out with a bedroom farce called ”A Guide for the Married Man” The Turtles played the title song.

Their next song to reach number 3 on the U.S. Charts was ”She’d Rather Be with Me” followed by two other songs which came in the top 15 songs – ”You Know What I Mean” and ”She’s My Girl”. When 1968 arrived the Turtles released two more singles  and late that year they recorded a concept album titled ”The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands” in which they played many different musical genres and pretended to be a different band with each song.

Out of this came two popular singles ”Eleanor” and ”You Showed Me”. Amazingly enough by 2011 ”Eleanor” was still the one and only rock song which had rhymed the phrase et cetera in its lyrics and this song during its popularity shot up to number 7 on the U.K. Charts. Once The Turtles had peaked in their popularity the two top vocals Kaylan and Volman went on to other ventures calling themselves Flo and Eddie. They have sung vocals on recordings made by T.Rex, Alice Cooper and Bruce Springsteen. In the summers of 2010. 2011, and 2012 they toured throughout the U.S.


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