“Happy Together” would knock The Beatles out of the number one spot on the record charts in 1967.
The Turtles first got together in 1965 as The Crossfires. They achieved breakthrough success with a cover of a Bob Dylan song, “It Ain’t Me Babe” which reached #8 in late summer of 1965. The group had more songs near the top of the charts but “Happy Together” was their only song to go to number one. The group dissolved in 1970 and because of legal troubles they were not allowed to use the name of the group until 1983. Lead singer Howard Kaylan and back-up singer Mark Volman started doing a series of reunion tours in 2010 and I saw them about 6 years ago. They tour with other groups from the 60s and 70s in a kind of review. You can visit their website to see all the tour dates. The closest that they will come to Rochester is a concert at the Erie County Fair on August 8th. That concert also includes an appearance by groups The Association and The Box Tops. I already have a ticket.
“Happy Together” was the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for 3 weeks, March 19 – April 8. It was the number one song on the Cash Box chart for the weeks of March 26 – April 8.
The video is from the Ed Sullivan Show of May 14, 1967 with audio from the original recording.