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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.
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.
In the early '80s, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan began recording for children's shows such as The Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and Gumby.

50s, 60s Hits

Happy Together
It Ain't Me Babe

Members of this Group





Bill Jackson





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