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.