The Turtles

The Turtles Artistfacts

  • 1965-1970
    Mark VolmanVocals
    Howard KaylanVocals
    Jim TuckerGuitar
    Al NicholsGuitar
    Chuck PortzBass
    Don MurrayDrums
  • Formed by Volman and Kaylan, the only constants that the group has had over the years (with personnel changes and name changes spanning decades).
  • Originally a surf band, the Nightriders -- but quickly became the Crossfires.
  • They were briefly an acoustic folk group named the Crosswind Singers. They became the Turtles in 1965.
  • The band's history was parodied by their own Battle Of The Bands LP, which spawned Top 10 hits "Elenore" and "You Showed Me."
  • Volman and Kaylan joined Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention for two years, billing themselves as the Phlorescent Leech and Eddie (later Flo and Eddie). Their handiwork is found on the Zappa LP's Chunga's Revenge, 200 Motels, Live At The Fillmore, and Just Another Band From L.A.
  • Backed up T.Rex on their albums The Slider, T.Rex, and Electric. >>
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    Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for all above
  • Don Murray, the groups original drummer, left in 1966 and was replaced by Johnny Barbata who later replaced Dallas Taylor in Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Don Murray died on March 23, 1996 during surgery in a hospital. At the time he was playing with the Surfaris of "Wipe Out" fame. >>
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    Rick - Lafayette, NJ
  • In the early '80s, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan began recording for children's shows such as The Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and Gumby. >>
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    Strange Dave - Melville, NY

Comments: 6

  • Hal from Joshua Tree, Cathe crossfire's guitar player, jim tucker's little brother dave and me had a band named 'the turtles' in early to mid ' my yearbook from center intermediate school to prove it...we were approached at jim and dave's house one day on the phone by either dick xclark or a rep of his...or reb foster's 'sell' our name to the crossfires./..we did..and we were paid with box seats at a herman's hermits show at the rose bowl with the turtles and others...we had a blast!!
  • Strange Dave from Melville, NyThe Turtles were legally stopped from touring as The Turtles in the 70's so after they released their first post Turtles album, The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie, they shortened it to just "Flo" & "Eddie", so that Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan could continue touring. Legend has it that Flo and Eddie was actually the names that Frank Zappa called his roadies.

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  • Chris from Ada, Okthe turtles are a really cool band. the drummer lives in my town of ada oklahoma and i take lessons from him.
  • Gregmon from Intelbuquerque, NmMark Volman and Howard Kaylan were DJs for a bit on K-Rok. They went under the names "Flo and Eddie".
  • Deana from Indianapolis, InSo who was Flo and Eddie?
  • Rick from Lafayette, NjThey were a converted guitar based surf band. (See the Rhino video "History of The Turtles" it is very good.)
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