Howard Kaylan, born Howard Kaplan on June 22, 1947 in New York City, grew up in California graduating valedictorian of his class at Westchester High School before joining Mark Volman, born April 19, 1947 in Los Angeles to create The Turtles and one of the iconic songs of the sixties, “Happy Together”.
Achieving success in 1965 with their first recording, Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe”, the Turtles were soon playing to large audiences as part of the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars. Hits including “Let Me Be” in 1965 and “You Baby” a year later made the group a constant presence on top forty radio.
”Happy Together,” released in February 1967, knocked The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” out of the #1 slot for three weeks. The Turtles continued their string of hits with “She’d Rather Be With Me,“You Know What I Mean” and “She’s My Girl” in 1967. “Elenore”in 1968 and “You Showed me” in 1969. The Turtles landed on the Hit Parade seventeen times, more than any other folk rock group.
more than any other folk rock group.
When The Turtles broke up as a result of litigation with management, Mark and Howard performed as Flo and Eddie. In 1984 the group again began touring as The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, first as part of the Happy Together tour, which was consistently one of the top ten grossing tours in the country.
In 1999, “Happy Together” with five million performances on radio, was credited with being one of the most programmed songs of the twentieth century.
In 2012 the Turtles were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
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