Song of the Day: The Turtles, “Happy Together”

The song that knocked The Beatles’ "Penny Lane" out of the #1 spot, this spent three weeks at #1 and was The Turtles’ only #1 song, which seems a little hard to believe. It was written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, arranged by Chip Douglas (no relation to the character on My Three Sons, although I would wager that was the origin for the nickname) and produced by Joe Wissert, and it became the title track for their album released in April 1967.

19 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Turtles, “Happy Together”

  1. I read Howard’s biography…what fun these guys had. They didn’t take themselves seriously and were awed by the success… they were/are very approachable.

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      1. Mark lives in Brentwood TN…up the road from me…and I think teaches a music class in some college.
        They had fun but they were smart later on…they bought back all of their music rights…so they make more money now than they did then.

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      1. The only way I can remember is to do a bunch at a time. At some point today I’ll probably do a week’s worth and schedule them for the right days. I don’t think I could do it if I didn’t use the scheduler.

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  2. I was a big Turtles fan back in the day. Though not my favorite song by them, “Happy Together” was a song that I think most everyone at least kind of likes. What’s not to like about it?

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. They really had a great run, and did the kind of songs that sounded good through the speaker in a car or a transistor radio. They had a good commercial sound that just happened to be great music, too.

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  3. You picked a song that is close to my heart. At the beginning of the videotape of my wedding in 1987, you’ll see a bunch of photos of me growing up, of Drew growing up, and of the two of us as a couple. The videographer used two songs as background for this collage — “Evergreen” by Barbra Streisand (our wedding song) and “Happy Together”.

    The first time I ever saw Flo and Eddy perform it live … in the early 1990’s NYC radio stations would sponsor free lunchtime concerts on the plaza of the World Trade Center. WCBS-FM was an oldies station then, and one of the acts they’d bring frequently was the Turtles a/ka Flo and Eddy.

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