We’re So Happy Together With The Turtles!
From the moment we first heard “It Ain’t Me Babe” in 1965, we were hooked on The Turtles. “Happy Together” is one of the 50 most-played songs of the 20th century and we still can’t get enough of it. We can’t help but smile every time one of their hits pops up on the radio, from “You Baby” to “Let Me Be,” “She’d Rather Be with Me” to “You Know What I Mean,” “She’s My Girl” to “Elenore” and “You Showed Me.” The band and the music are like dear old friends, the kind that we love to get together with and spend the day regaling in great memories.
We put together some interesting tidbits about The Turtles that you might be surprised to learn about after all these years.
When “Happy Together” first hit the radio, fans thought they were from England, part of the British Invasion!
Mark Volman is now a professor and the Chair of Entertainment Industry Studies at Belmont University in Nashville. He’s even taken a group of student interns on tour with him!
Come for the songs, stay for the fun – The Turtles concerts are legendary for their high energy and non-stop fun! The Turtles have been known to take the stage dressed as Beauty and the Beast characters, tell jokes and, of course, show off Mark’s epic cowbell skills.
Ron Dante, of the Archies, will be joining the Turtles on the Flower Power stage. Did you know that he used to be in a group call The Detergents and their song “Leader of the Laundromat” was a Top 40 hit? And that he produced the Broadway smash, “Ain’t Misbehavin’”?
Frank Sinatra recorded his GRAMMY-winning “It Was A Very Good Year” after hearing their version.
Onetime Turtles bassist Chip Douglas also produced a string of hits for the Monkees and then returned to the Turtles’ team to produce “The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands” album. Ron Dante also did amazing work as a producer, helming several albums for Barry Manilow and even singing backing vocals for his hit, “Mandy.”
For a brief moment at the start of their career, they called themselves The Tyrtles in a nod to The Byrds.
Mark spent time in Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention and even sang backing vocals on T. Rex’s iconic “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” and songs by Alice Cooper, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Ray Manzarek, Roger McGuinn, David Cassidy, Keith Moon, Stephen Stills, Jefferson Airplane, Bruce Springsteen, Blondie, the Ramones and Duran Duran.
Their songs appear in movies and on television every year, including “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Simpsons,” “CSI,” “Minions” and, most recently, “Angry Birds 2.” There are even movies named “Happy Together” and “Imagine Me & You.”
Ray Stevens (“Everything is Beautiful,” “Misty”) provided the hand claps heard on the Archies’ “Sugar Sugar.”
Looking forward to hearing all these great hits and to learn more about them onboard in March!