Mark Volman of The Turtles turns 77 today

The Turtles scored hits such as “Happy Together” and “Eleanore”

Mark Volman of The Turtles turns 77 today

Mark Volman was born in Los Angeles, California, on April 19, 1947. With Howard Kaylan he founded the Turtles, that became one of the most popular bands of the late 1960’s. The Turtles had several hits worldwide including “Happy Together” and “Eleanore”. Volman’s role in The Turtles was often of a backing vocalist. In December 1968, NME magazine reported that Volman had insured his distinctive frizzy hair for US$100,000 against fire, theft or loss due to illness. As The Turtles came to an end, Kaylan and Volman were recruited by Frank Zappa, joining the Mothers of Invention, and they also worked together as Flo & Eddie in music, in film, and in radio broadcasting. In 1971 Volman appeared on the soundtrack to Zappa’s humorous pseudo-documentary film, “200 Motels”. Volman’s 1970’s musical direction drastically changed from the friendly psychedelic Pop of The Turtles to more experimental and using the electric guitar as his main instrument. In 2015, Kaylan and Volman celebrated their 50th year, touring and performing more than 60 concerts a year, billed as “The Turtles … Featuring Flo & Eddie” with their Happy Together Tour, a classic revue-format show featuring some popular bands of the mid-to-late 1960s musical era. During this tour in 2015, Volman was diagnosed with throat cancer but was declared cancer-free in 2016.

Look back at The Turtles performing their signature song “Happy Together” in 1967

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