The Turtles

You Showed Me

Composed by Gene Clark / Roger McGuinn

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On of the Turtles' last big hits, "You Showed Me" has a long and illustrious history. Written by Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn, it was one of the early songs in the Byrds canon, although not released until 1969's Preflyte. The beauty of the melody and romantic sincerity of the message impressed producer Chip Douglas, who played it for the band in his home studio. Due to a broken bellow on his harmonium, he could only play it at a very slow tempo, and this is exactly how you hear it on the finished record. The moody, almost spooky arrangement and production gave the Turtles a Top Ten hit, and its main hook is a subtly rising and falling string section. In the late '90s, U2 sampled it for their "Playboy Mansion" on Pop, providing the writers with a healthy royalty check, although the arrangement is what should have received the kudos, as it had nothing to due with the melody: U2 only sampled the string hook.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands 1968 Manifesto
No Image 1970 White Whale
The Turtles' Greatest Hits/Happy Together Again 1974 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:44
The Turtles' Greatest Hits 1984 Rhino
No Image 1987 Rhino
Classic Rock: 1969 1988
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:14
AM Gold: 1969 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:08
The Turtles Captured Live 1992 Rhino 2:43
Happy Together, Again: Live! California Gold 1994 Laserlight
30 Years of Rock N Roll: Happy Together 1995 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 3:16
The Story of Rock 'n Roll: 30 Years of Rock 'n Roll 1995 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 3:16
No Image 1996 Neon Records
Sunshine Days, Vol. 1: 60's Pop Classics 1997
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese
Golden Hits [Delta Music] 1998 Delta Distribution 3:16
Music to Shag By 1999
Various Artists
Beast Records / Simitar Distribution 3:10
4 Legendary Groups 1999
Various Artists
Double Play Records 3:15
Back 2 Back: Turtles and Jan & Dean 2000 Intercontinental Records 3:15
A Year in Your Life: 1960's, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:10
Absolutely the Best of the Sixties 2002
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:13
Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology 2002 Rhino 3:13
Sampled, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
Virgin 3:09
Jukebox Hits 1969 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:12
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1969 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:13
Happy Together: The Very Best of the Turtles 2004 Sony Music Distribution
Juke Box Hits 1969 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 3:12
Ultimate 60's Collection [Fuel 2000] 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:13
No Image 2005 BMG Special Products / Shout! Factory 3:14
Love [La Troisieme Note] 2006
Various Artists
La Troisieme Note 3:07
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Save the Turtles: The Turtles' Greatest 2009 Manifesto Records 3:12
Ultimate Collection: 60s Classics [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Union Square / Universal 3:14
45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection 2014 Manifesto / Manifesto Records
Playlist: The Very Best of the Turtles 2016 BMG / Sony Music 3:10
The Complete Original Album Collection 2016 Manifesto / Manifesto Records 3:16
No Image
Various Artists
Pony Canyon Records
Shades of Love
Various Artists
Sunday Morning Coffee
Various Artists
Union Square
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