The Turtles

Happy Together

Composed by Alan Gordon / Garry Bonner

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Striving to break from the vacuous Top 40 mold in which they'd been cast and swept up by the movement toward serious, Beatles/Beach Boys conceptual pop, the Turtles chucked all their pop, folk, psychedelia, and Zombies-style harmony expertise into one song. As legend has it, a demo of "Happy Together," recorded in a sparse, acoustic guitar and handclap arrangement, was passed on by a number of popular artists of the day only to be unearthed by the Turtles. "Happy Together" has literally bounced through decades of AM-car-radio-play unharmed, perhaps owing to its multi-layers of contradictions: Teetering near the brink of bubblegum, it rises above it; it's a rock & roll song with a martial beat; the vocal is desperate and strident -- convincing the object of affection that the couple will be happy, dammit!; the horns are buried, yet entirely essential. And then there are the flourishes like the sound of a tinkling piano very audible after the line "if I should call you up, invest a dime," mimicking a phone line. Plus, there's an "in-joke" (an added bonus for a good single), when the question "how is the weather?" pops up during the final refrain of "so happy together." Though there were more Turtle hits and Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, as Flo & Eddie, formed an enduring vocal partnership in the years after their group's egregious breakup, this is a most sublime slice of pop heaven. "Happy Together" was pop perfection and, in fact, was never beat in Turtleland -- it was their first and last number one.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Happy Together 1967 Sundazed 2:56
Golden Hits [White Whale] 1969 White Whale
The Turtles' Greatest Hits/Happy Together Again 1974 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 4:23
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:56
Flower Power: Psychedelic Rock Classics 1981
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:54
The Turtles' Greatest Hits 1984 Rhino
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 15 1986
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:56
No Image 1987 Rhino
Classic Rock: 1967 1988
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:57
Billboard Top Rock 'N' Roll Hits: 1967 1989
Various Artists
Rhino 2:55
History of Rock: The 60s, Pt. 2 1990
Various Artists
Collectables 2:56
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Rhino
Happy Together [Video] 1990 Rhino/Warner Bros.
The 60's Revisited: HMV 1991
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:54
Jukebox Giants: WCBS New York, Vol. 1 1992
Various Artists
Collectables 2:55
The Turtles Captured Live 1992 Rhino 4:20
Rock & Roll Years: 1967 1993
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:56
The Fabulous 60's 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 2:52
Music from the Wonder Years, Vol. 5 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:55
Music from The Wonder Years 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight
Memories: Love Songs from '60s 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
CBS-FM Oldies 93: History of Rock, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Collectables 3:03
Hard to Find Hits of Rock & Roll, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Curb 2:55
Sunny Afternoons [Polygram] 1995
Various Artists
Polygram 2:53
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Temple 2:55
30 Years of Rock N Roll: Happy Together 1995 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:56
Super Box of Rock, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:52
Muriel's Wedding 1995
Original Soundtrack
Polydor / Polygram 2:53
Don't Worry, Be Happy 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:52
Only Rock 'N Roll 1965-1969: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:57
For the One I Love: 18 Very Special Songs 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:56
Just Want to Make Love to You 1997
Various Artists
Movieplay Music 2:54
Simply Gold 1997
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:52
'60s Rock: Feelin' Groovy 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:53
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 67 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:52
Best Sellers of the 60's & 70's 1997
Various Artists
Best Music International 2:50
Love Songs of the 60's [Madacy] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:56
Whole Lotta Rock: 1966-1967 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:52
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1960-1969 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution 2:21
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:52
The Best of the 60s 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:54
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:56
Best of the 60's [Beacon] 1998
Various Artists
Beacon Records
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 7: The Great Bands 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:56
Golden Hits [Delta Music] 1998 Delta Distribution 2:55
Rockin' Wedding 1998
Various Artists
Boomerang Records / Beacon Records 2:56
60's Greatest Rock & Roll Hits 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:56
Love Rocks, Vol. 1: In Love with Love 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:55
Summer of Love Album 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:53
60's Mix [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:42
Groovin' 60's [Warner] 1998
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:55
Classic 60's: Shakin' All Over 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 2:55
No Image 1998
Original Soundtrack
Warner Special Products 2:52
Mods Vs. Rockers 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:55
The 60's, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:54
Most of the Turtles 1999 DJ Specialist 2:54
40 Hits: 1965-1969 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:55
The 60's Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1  [Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Collectables
Back to Back 1999 Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:55
Sixties Power, Vols.1 & 2 1999
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:55
Happy Together: The Very Best of White Whale Records 1999
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:55
Millennium Party [Rhino Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:56
4 Legendary Groups 1999
Various Artists
Double Play Records 2:55
Millennium Party Madness 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:54
Good Times: The 60's 1999
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:56
Classic '60s [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:55
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Disky
Greatest Hits of the 60's, Vol. 6 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc Corp. / Platinum Disc 2:53
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:55
Classic: California Rock 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:55
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:54
Sounds Psychedelic 2000
Various Artists
Charly Records 2:56
Sixties Collection: Great 2000
Various Artists
Festival Records 2:55
Sixties Shakin' All Over 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:54
60's: Wild Things 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:55
Rock Revival: Rockin' Around the Clock 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:57
A Year In Your Life: 1967, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Definitive 2:54
60's Flower Power 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:55
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:55
Rock N' Roll Reunion: 1960 to 1969 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:58
Hits of the 60's, Vol. 4 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:55
The Woodstock Generation: We Got to Have Peace 2001
Various Artists
Woodstock Records 2:54
Beat Boom 2001
Various Artists
Disky / Disky Communications 2:52
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 60's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:55
Wolfman Jack's: Radio Hits 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:56
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 2:54
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1967 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 2:56
Radio Caroline Calling 60's Flashback 2001
Various Artists
Disky
Flower Power Generation: Let's Go to San Francisco 2001
Various Artists
Simply The Best (Netherlands) 2:54
Wild Thing [WJS] 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source Special 2:55
Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology 2002 Rhino 2:54
Jukebox Hits 1967 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:56
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1967 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:55
Cherish [Original Soundtrack] 2002
Original Soundtrack
New Line Records 2:55
Then: Totally Oldies, Vol. 4 2002
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:54
The Definitive Love Collection [K-Tel UK] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:54
Best of the 1960's [Direct Source 2003] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source Special 2:55
History of Rock, Vol. 1-10 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:53
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Disky
20 Years of Rock 'N' Roll 2003
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:55
The Very Best of 60's Gold 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:54
History of Rock Box 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:56
Greatest Hits of the 60's [2003 Platinum] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:53
1967: The Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 2:55
WSNI: FM's Sunny's Summer Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:55
Rock 'N' Roll Greatest Hits of the 60's 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:53
The Sunshine Collection 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:56
WCBS FM: Motown, Soul and Rock N Roll: Motown 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:55
Triple Value: Sixties 2003
Various Artists
Red X
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Red X
Simply the Best 60's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music
Nostalgie 20 Ans La Légende: Légendes Internationales 2003
Various Artists
ULM TV
Summers of Love: Hot Latin [Bonus CD] 2004
Various Artists
Disky 2:54
Rock On 1967 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:55
Good Morning Vietnam: A Soundtrack for a Generation 2004
Various Artists
Music Club Records
Lost & Found in the Sixties 2004
Various Artists
Liberty / Liberty 2:56
Good Vibes 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:54
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 14 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:52
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Collectables
Happy Together: The Very Best of the Turtles 2004 Shout! Factory 2:57
Music from the Vietnam War Years, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:54
Garfield: The Movie 2004
Original Soundtrack
Bulletproof/Rykodisc 2:55
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:54
Rock & Roll's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:55
Spirit of Woodstock 2004
Various Artists
BMG International
Smash Hits of the 60's 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:59
Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years/The Late '60s: 25 Top 10 Hits 2005
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:56
Hits from the 50's and 60's, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
Legacy
Rolling Back the Years: 40 Hits from the 60s 2005
Various Artists
Dove 2:54
Happy Songs [Virgin 2005] 2005
Various Artists
Virgin 2:53
Summer Fun, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
Collectables 2:55
Endless Love [Prism Platinum] 2005
Various Artists
Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Platinum
Best of the 60's: Oh! What a Night/Love... 2005
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Brentwood Records 2:56
Flower Power [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky
No Image 2005 BMG Special Products / Shout! Factory 2:57
I Love Music 1965-1969: Good Vibrations 2005
Various Artists
Disky
California Rock [DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Passport Audio
Love Songs: 40 No. 1 Songs 2005
Various Artists
Musicpro
Groovy 60's 2005
Various Artists
Green Hill Productions 2:55
Dancin' on Sunshine: All Time Greatest Summertime Hits 2006
Various Artists
American Beat Records 2:54
40th Anniversary: Australia's Tour of Duty: Vietnam War 1966-1972 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG
K-Tel Presents: In the Summertime 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:58
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky
Super 60's [Weton] 2006
Various Artists
Weton 2:54
Wipeout [EMI] 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:54
30 #1 Pop Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:54
History of Dance, Vol. 10: The Eurodance Edition 2006
Various Artists
Collectables 2:53
Very Best of Heartbeat 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
Number 1's: '60s Pop 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:53
101 60's Hits 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:53
30 #1 Hits of the 60s 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:54
Summer of Love: Hits of 1967 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:53
Summer of Love: Gold 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:54
Flower Power [Time Life Box] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:53
Ultimate Collection: Hits of the 60s 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source Special 2:54
Top of the Pops 1967 2007
Various Artists
EMI 2:53
Flower Power: Age of Aquarius [Time Life #2] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:55
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Euro Trend / MCP 2:51
60s Beat Party 2008
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:55
60's Super Hits [Music Brokers] 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:52
Save the Turtles: The Turtles' Greatest 2009 Manifesto Records 2:54
Chartbusters USA: Sunshine Pop 2009
Various Artists
Ace 2:54
American Diner [Ministry of Sound UK] 2009
Various Artists
Inspired Distribution / Inspired Records / Ministry of Sound 2:53
Box of Rock [Disc 5]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:55
Good Morning, Vietnam
Various Artists
Disky
Incredible Collections
Various Artists
Rhino
Summer of Love [Dino]
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
Teardrops: 40 of the Best Love Songs Ever
Various Artists
Prism Leisure Corporation (UK)
The Great Sixties Collection, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:55
No Image
Various Artists
WSM
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