The Turtles

The Turtles were an American pop-rock band that released six albums between 1965 and 1970 on White Whale Records. They are best known for the hits “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “You Showed Me,” “Elenore,” and the 1967 Billboard No. 1 “Happy Together.” Guitarist–singer Mark Volman and singer–keyboardist Howard Kaylan continued as the comedy-rock team Flo & Eddie.

Members: Howard Kaylan (lead vocals, keyboards), Mark Volman (harmony vocals, guitar, percussion), Al Nichol (lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, 1965-70), Don Murray (drums, 1965-66), Chuck Portz (bass, 1965-66), Jim Tucker (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, 1965-67), Chip Douglas (bass, backing vocals, 1966-67), John Barbata (drums, percussion, 1966-69), Jim Pons (bass, backing vocals, 1967-70), John Seiter (drums, backing vocals, 1969-70)

The Turtles evolved from The Crossfires, a surf-rock sextet formed in 1962 in Westchester, California.


  • It Ain’t Me Babe (1965)
  • You Baby (1966)
  • Happy Together (1967)
  • The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands (1968)
  • Turtle Soup (1969)
  • Wooden Head (1970)


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