Flo and Eddie return to the The State
Posted on 05/10/2017
Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, two musicians born on opposite sides of America, are original founding members of the famous rock group, The Turtles. After their success with the group, the two went on to re-brand themselves as the musical duo, Flo & Eddie. Now, after over 40 years of performing hits like “Eleanor,” “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” and their most famous, “Happy Together,” Flo and Eddie return to the The State with a trip down memory lane. For one night only, see Flo and Eddie as well as Chuck Negron, The Association, The Cowsills, The Boxtops, and The Archies Ron Dante at the Happy Together Tour 2017 at State Theatre New Jersey on June 14, 2017 at 8pm.
Let’s go back to 1965, where peace and love reigned the musical world, trying to end the war in Vietnam. Two dreamers, Howard Kaylan, an 18-year old from New York City, and Mark Volman, a recent high school grad living in Los Angeles, joined musical forces in 1965, originally calling themselves the Crossfires. With Kaylan’s knowledge of rock instruments as well as vocals and Volman’s brass expertise, the two created a unique sound that would steer listeners away from the dramatic vibes of rock n’ roll, only to create upbeat love songs. The two then signed with White Whale records, and were joined by Al Nichol, Chip Douglas, John Barbata, and Jim Tucker. Originally, Flo and Eddie felt it would be trendy to give their band name a misspelling, so they started calling themselves “The Tyrtles,” but the band did not agree with the change. The band came out with their breakthrough success “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” a cover of Bob Dylan’s hit song. By the late summer of 1965, the song hit Top 10 on Billboard Top 100 chart, becoming the title track to the band’s very first album. By the spring of 1967, the Turtles released their best-known song, “Happy Together,” staying number one on the Top 100 charts for a whole month.
After separating from The Turtles, Flo and Eddie played with Frank Zappa’s “Mothers of Invention.” After Zappa had a severe injury during a London concert in 1971, Flo and Eddie found themselves only to rely on the talents of each other. The two continued releasing albums featuring brand new standards on their successful albums like Flo & Eddie, Illegal, Immoral and Fattening, Moving Targets, and Rock Steady with Flo & Eddie. Over the last 40 years, the two have not only sang back-ups on hundreds of albums by musical artists, but they have been reviving memories of the sixties as they carry their early legacy with The Turtles in every performance.
Flo and Eddie have headlined the “Happy Together Tour” across the United States and the UK for over 30 years now, performing with other groups that make the 60s come to life onstage such as The Buckinghams, The Monkees, and many others. No group, however, can compare to Flo and Eddie’s charisma and comedy, as they reminisce on those flower power days that not only brought peace, but some good old rock n’ roll. Check out our exclusive interviews with some of this year's performers: Ron Dante, Paul Cowsill, and former Three Dog Night member Chuck Negron.The Happy Together Tour 2017 plays for one night only at State Theatre New Jersey on June 14 so get ready to sing and dance along!
By Danny Decker