Keener 1967 Flashback: The Turtles – Happy Together

What do you remember about the winter of 1967? In New Orleans, District Attorney Jim Garrison said more than one person was involved in the Kennedy assassination. Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa began an 8 year sentence for jury tempering. And Albert Desalvo received a life sentence for murders committed by The Boston Strangler. Zero in on the month of March. On NBC, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock lose their inhibitions after being exposed to strange plant spores on Omicron Ceti III. Batman and the Monkees are at the height of their television fame. And on Keener, the airwaves are populated by a who’s who of 60s rock n roll acts: Buffalo Springfield, the Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, Martha & The Vandellas, the Four Tops, the Mama’s & Papa’s, the Royal Guardsmen, the Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Harpers Bizarre, Leslie Gore, Peaches & Herb, Elvis Presley, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Frank & Nancy Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, the Platters and The Turtles. Look at the WKNR Music Guide for the week of March 6th and you’ll see a songbook filled with hits that are still in heavy rotation on oldies stations today. Perhaps the most unlikely group on the survey was lead by Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan. The two Westchester high school buddies fronted a band called The Turtles, a group that was teetering on the edge of oblivion.. until a tune, offered to them by strangers, rejuvenated their career. Happy Together rocketed them back to the top of the charts and became a multi-million dollar franchise that is still tapping toes and throwing off revenue today.? Here’s how the Turtles looked and sounded when they appeared on the?Smothers Brothers show in 1967. But what’s the story behind the story of the Turtles’ biggest hit? Mix Magazine occasionally looks back to dissect the magical art that studio recording was in the day. Their classic tracks review of how Happy Together came to be paints a vivid picture of the combination of talent and luck that made hit records happen.

Sep 17th, 2007 | Posted in Keener
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