Two for Tuesday: The Turtles

The other day, The Buckinghams posted this to their Facebook page.

Source: Paradise Artists
Source: Paradise Artists

This is the kind of concert I’d go to if I could get out to concerts (I’m leery because, you know, disabled), but you probably know that already, because I’ve featured three of the performers here: The Association, The Buckinghams, and The Grass Roots, and talked about Paul Revere, leader of Paul Revere and the Raiders, of which Mark Lindsay was lead singer, when he passed away. So, let’s talk about the rest of the people on the tour, beginning with The Turtles.

The leaders of The Turtles were, and for all intents and purposes still are, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, also known as “The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie,” or just “Flo ‘n’ Eddie.” They were members of a surf-rock band called The Crossfires, then changed their name to The Tyrtles (like The Beatles and The Byrds), although it became The Turtles before long. They had a string of hits starting in 1965, beginning with “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” a Bob Dylan cover. 1967 was their most successful year, with three singles, “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “You Know What I Mean,” and “She’s My Girl” all reaching the Top 15. They started winding down in 1970, unwilling to be turned into a “manufactured pop” band. Volman and Kaylan joined the Mothers of Invention shortly thereafter, and have remained together since then.

First up today, “Elenore,” released in 1968. It reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Our second song is “You Baby,” from 1966. This reached #20 that year.

Their website now refers to them as “The Turtles, Faturing Flo & Eddie.” And, as you might expect, they have presences on both Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to check them out there as well.

The Turtles, your Two for Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

8 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: The Turtles

  1. I liked The Turtles a lot. Have a couple of CD’s of their music–great music. A concert like the one you describe would be–hmmm–shall we say “Interesting”? Could be very good though.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Those oldies concerts have become quite popular in the last few years. I watch them on Public TV and think, “look at all those old people!” Then I remember, they’re my age…

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    1. You’re welcome. Flo & Eddie have been at it all this time, with the Mothers of Invention and off on their own, so it’s as though they never left, just stopped making records. They were a fun group, and looked like they were having fun on stage.

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  2. That was a long time ago. When they were popular, I was in what was then called junior high school. I remember hanging out the clean wet laundry for my mom and singing to one of their hits on the transistor radio.

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    1. Interesting… I always think of the cleaners in my neighborhood that had the radio on all the time, and it seemed like every time I’d go in, one of The Turtles’ songs was on. Well, except for the afternoon that station played “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.”

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