Happy Together – The Turtles

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on February 11th of 1967 The Turtles release their biggest hit, “Happy Together”, which will reach #1 in the US and #12 in the UK. Co-written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, the song had been rejected by several other performers. The song’s composers Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon were the bass player and drummer of the Boston area group The Magicians. Bonner became a regular member of Kenny Vance and the Planotones. Gordon, who died in 2008 at the age of 64, had songs recorded by Alice Cooper, Frank Zappa and The Lovin’ Spoonful. Bonner and Gordon also wrote other Turtles hits like “She’d Rather Be With Me” as well as “Celebrate” by Three Dog Night. The Turtles were formed by Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan. They were saxophone players who did whatever was trendy in order to make a living as musicians. Like The Byrds had done before, The Turtles recorded a Bob Dylan song for their first single – “It Ain’t Be Babe.” They had a few more minor hits, and recorded the original version of “Eve Of Destruction,” which became a #1 hit for Barry McGuire. They recorded some gloomy songs that completely flopped, so they decided to try some happier songs. After many other artists passed on “Happy Together,” The Turtles decided to record it in an effort to change their image once again.