The Turtles

From Westchester High School, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Nightriders / The Crossfires (1961 - 1965)
  • Howard Kaylan - vocals - b. Howard Kaplan, June 22, 1947, New York City, New York, USA.
  • Mark Volman - guitar/sax/vocals - b. April 19, 1947, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • Al Nichol - guitar - b. March 31, 1946, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
  • Jim Tucker - guitar
  • Chuck Portz - bass - b. March 28, 1945, Santa Monica, California, USA.
  • Don Murray - drums - b. Donald Ray Murray, November 8, 1945; d. March 1996.
Changed name to The Turtles.

The Turtles I (1965 - 1967)
  • Howard Kaylan - vocals
  • Mark Volman - guitar/sax/vocals
  • Al Nichol - guitar
  • Jim Tucker - guitar
  • Chuck Portz - bass
  • Don Murray - drums
Albums:
  1. "It Ain't Me Babe" (1965) - Singles: "It Ain't Me Babe" b/w "Almost There"
  2. "You Baby" (1966) - Singles: "You, Baby" b/w "Wanderin' Kind"; "Grim Reaper Of Love" b/w "Come Back"; "Outside Chance" b/w "We'll Meet Again"; "Can I Get To Know You Better?" b/w "Like The Seasons"; "Let Me Be" b/w "Your Maw Said You Cried"
  3. "Happy Together" (1967) - Singles: "Happy Together" b/w "Like The Seasons"; "She'd Rather Be With Me" b/w "The Walking Song"; "Guide For The Married Man" b/w "Think I'll Run Away"; "You Know What I Mean" b/w "Rugs Of Woods And Flowers"; "She's My Girl" b/w "Chicken Little Was Right"
  4. "Woodenhead" (1972) - outtakes from 1965 sessions.

The Turtles II (1967)
  • Howard Kaylan - vocals
  • Mark Volman - guitar/sax/vocals
  • Al Nichol - guitar
  • Jim Tucker - guitar
  • Chuck Portz - bass
  • Joel Larson - drums

The Turtles III (1967 - 1968)
  • Howard Kaylan - vocals
  • Mark Volman - guitar/sax/vocals
  • Al Nichol - guitar
  • Jim Tucker - guitar
  • Joel Larson - drums
  • Chip Douglas - bass

The Turtles IV (1968 - 1969)
  • Howard Kaylan - vocals
  • Mark Volman - guitar/sax/vocals
  • Al Nichol - guitar
  • Jim Pons - bass - formerly with The Leaves.
  • John Barbata - drums
Album:
  1. "The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands" (1968) - Singles: "Sound Asleep" b/w "Umbussa The Dragon"; "The Story Of Rock And Roll" b/w "Can't You Hear The Cows?"; "Elenore" b/w "Surfer Dan"; "You Showed Me" b/w "Buzz Saw"
John Barbata joins Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and later joins Jefferson Starship.

The Turtles V (1969 - September 1970)
  • Howard Kaylan - vocals
  • Mark Volman - guitar/sax/vocals
  • Al Nichol - guitar
  • Jim Pons - bass
  • John Seiter - drums
Album:
  1. "Turtle Soup" (1969) - Singles: "House On The Hill" b/w "Come Over"; "You Don't Have To Walk In The Rain" b/w "Come Over"; "Love In The City" b/w "Bachelor Mother"; "Lady-O" b/w "Somewhere Friday Night"
Group disbands.  Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman join Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention.

The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie / Flo and Eddie (1972 - ? )
  • Howard Kaylan - vocals
  • Mark Volman - guitar/sax/vocals
Albums:
  1. "Phlorescent Leech and Eddie" (1972)
  2. "Flo and Eddie" (1973)
  3. "Illegal, Immoral and Fattening" (1975)
  4. "Moving Targets" (1976)
  5. "Rock Steady with Flo and Eddie" (1982)
  6. "The Best of Flo and Eddie" (1992)

The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie ( ? - Present)
  • Howard Kaylan - vocals
  • Mark Volman - guitar/sax/vocals
Album:
  1. "The Turtles Captured Live" (1992)

Compilations:
  1. "Golden Hits" (1967)
  2. "More Golden Hits" (1970)
  3. "Happy Together Again" (1974)
  4. "20 Greatest Hits" (1982)
  5. "The Best Of The Turtles" (1987)
  6. "Turtle Wax: The Best Of The Turtles, Vol. 2" (1988)
  7. "The Turtles' Greatest Hits / Happy Together Again" (live) (1994)
  8. "30 Years Of Rock N Roll: Happy Together" (5-CD box set) (1995)
  9. "Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology" (2-CDs) (2002)
  10. "Happy Together: The Very Best Of The Turtles" (2004)

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Last Revised:  August 5, 2007
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