The Turtles’ Howard Kaylan on “Happy Together”

The Two-Headed Turtle Today - Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan. Courtesy of RockStar PR.

The Two-Headed Turtle Today – Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan. Courtesy of RockStar PR.

If Turtles are supposed to move slow – especially as they get older – than nobody told that to Howard Kaylan, lead vocalist for the ’60s band of the same name who had a string of hits with pop rock nuggets like “You Showed Me,” “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “You Baby,” “Elenore,” a cover of Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” and – of course – “Happy Together.”

Kaylan is spending the summer fronting the 2013 Turtles on the “Happy Together” ’60s band package tour, and plans to write new music and fiction pieces.

He has also just released his autobiography, Shell Shocked, which starts with perhaps the most memorable intro of any rock book I’ve ever read: It’s 1969 and The Turtles, hired to play Tricia Nixon’s birthday party, are snorting lines of coke off Abe Lincoln’s desk in the White House. It gets weirder from there. And that’s before Kaylan and co-vocalist Mark Volman join Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

I recently interviewed Kaylan for a two-part profile in The Houston Press (You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here), and he told me that he knew immediately that “Happy Together” was going to be a smash hit.

ShellShocked

“I would say we knew from the first minute that we heard it played back in the studio that it would be the biggest record we ever made and a No. 1 song. And that’s pretty arrogant for two teenage mutant ninja Turtles!” Kaylan says of his and Volman’s initial reaction. “We had a few hits before, but we knew something was magical about that particular song.”

Advertisements

About Bob Ruggiero

I am a passionate fan of classic rock (and related music) with 25+ years experience writing about it for daily/weekly newspapers and magazines.
This entry was posted in '60s Rock, Classic Rock and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s