About The Turtles
The Turtles are an American rock band led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, later known as Flo & Eddie. The band had several Top 40 hits beginning in 1965 with their cover version of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe". They scored their biggest and best-known hit in 1967 with the song "Happy Together".
The sextet first started as a surf music act named the Crossfires, releasing a now obscure single on a local label. They were then signed to White Whale Records and adopted the folk rock genre, exemplified in their debut album .
After a marginal success with their second album, The Turtles changed their style to a sunshine pop group, scoring their only Billboard number one hit with the psychedelic "Happy Together", and Top 10 hits "She'd Rather Be with Me", "Elenore" and "You Showed Me".
After they waned commercially, beginning in late 1968, and many conflicts with White Whale, the band broke up in 1970. Kaylan and Volman later found long-lasting success as session musicians, billed as the comedic vocal duo "Flo & Eddie". In 2010, a reconstituted version of the band, "the Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie", began performing live shows again.
In early 1963, New Yorker Howard Kaylan and Californian Mark Volman attended the same school, Westchester High in Los Angeles . The two sang in the school's a cappella choir, where Volman soon heard about Kaylan's instrumental surf group, the Nightriders . Volman joined the group as a saxophonist, just before they became the Crossfires in 1963. After high school graduation, the Crossfires continued on while its members attended area colleges .
They released a single, "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" / "Fiberglass Jungle", on the local Capco label in 1963. With the help of KRLA and KFWB DJ and club owner Reb Foster, the Crossfires signed to the newly formed White Whale Records. Adhering to the prevailing musical trend, they rebranded themselves as a folk rock group under the name The Tyrtles, an intentionally stylized misspelling inspired by The Byrds and The Beatles. However, the trendy spelling did not survive long.
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