The other day, The Buckinghams posted this to their Facebook page.
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.
The Turtles, your Two for Tuesday, January 27, 2015.