She'd Rather Be With Me

Album: Happy Together (1967)
Charted: 4 3
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  • This bright and brassy pop song was written by Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon, the same songwriting duo that were responsible for The Turtles previous hit, "Happy Together". Joe Wissert's production features an entire orchestra and a prominent clanging cowbell. Vocalist Howard Kaylan admitted to Uncut that he and his bandmates were disappointed with the choice of follow-up to "Happy Together."

    "We were kind of distraught, because it was such a 1920s razzmatazz kind of a song compared to this mysterious and glorious record we had just bought out. It was like following up 'Good Vibrations' with 'Barbara Ann.'

    I can't explain it, but it got higher on the (UK) charts than 'Happy Together' did, and on the strength of that record we went over to England."
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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 27, 1967, Dick Clark conducted an interview with Turtles' members Al Nichol and Jim Tucker on his ABC-TV network Saturday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the Turtles' "She'd Rather Be With Me" was at #39 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; three weeks later it would peak at #3* {for 2 weeks} and it spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    The song was track one of side two from the group's third studio album, 'Happy Together',
    Between August 1965 and June 1970 the group had seventeen Hot Top 100 records; five made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Happy Together" for for 3 weeks in 1967...
    Original drummer Don Murray passed away on March 22nd, 1996 at the young age of 50...
    May he R.I.P.
    * The two weeks that "She'd Rather Be With Me" was at #3, the top two records remained the same, at #2 was "Respect" by Aretha Franklin and at #1 was "Groovin'" by the Young Rascals, and both were on the same label, Atlantic Records.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaLoved the drums on this song.
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