The Turtles

Happy Together

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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
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:56
Flower Power: Psychedelic Rock Classics 1981
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:52
The Turtles' Greatest Hits 1984 Rhino 2:57
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
AM Gold: 1967 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:54
Jukebox Giants: WCBS New York, Vol. 1 1992
Various Artists
Collectables 2:55
Better Days [Rhino] 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 2:52
Rock & Roll Years: 1967 1993
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:56
The Fabulous 60's 1993
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution
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 2:52
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
Good Sh*t, Vol. 1: 100% Pure Hits of the 60s 1995
Various Artists
Drive Archive 2:54
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
Eclipse Music Group 2:56
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Leader (Italy)
The Best of the 60s 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:54
Best of the 60's [Beacon] 1998
Various Artists
Beacon Records
Golden Hits [Delta Music] 1998 Delta Distribution 2:55
Rockin' Wedding 1998
Various Artists
Boomerang Records / Beacon Records 2:56
Chart Toppers: Rock Hits of the 60s 1998 Priority Records 2:58
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 Music 2:52
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: Rock & Roll's Greatest Love Songs 1999
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:56
Greatest Hits of the 60s, Vol. 2 [Platinum Disc #1] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:55
Most of the Turtles 1999 DJ Specialist 2:54
40 Hits: 1965-1969 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:55
Back to Back 1999 Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:55
Millennium 60's Rock Party 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:56
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 2:53
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:55
25 Years Of California Rock 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:55
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:54
Millennium Pop Hits, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:54
Sixties Shakin' All Over 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:54
60's: Wild Things 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:55
Classic Rock Crate 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:55
Battle of the Bands: The Turtles Golden Hits/The Lovin' Spoonful Greatest Hits 2000 Delta Distribution 2:55
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
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:52
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 2:55
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 60's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:55
Mega 60's 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:54
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
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:54
Swinging in the 60's 2001
Various Artists
Repertoire 2:54
Flower Power Generation: Let's Go to San Francisco 2001
Various Artists
Simply The Best (Netherlands) 2:54
American Bandstand: CD 2 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:54
Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology 2002 Rhino 2:54
Jukebox Hits 1967 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 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
Pure 60's: The #1 Hits 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:54
Then: Totally Oldies, Vol. 4 2002
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:54
Adaptation [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2002 Astralwerks 2:53
Everlasting Love [K-Tel UK] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:54
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
Peace Protest: 20 Sixties Classics 2003
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:54
1967: The Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 2:55
WSNI: FM's Sunny's Summer Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:55
Back to Back 2003 K-Tel Distribution 2:54
Rock On 1967 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:55
Lost & Found in the Sixties 2004
Various Artists
Liberty 2:56
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 14 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:52
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
Smash Hits of the 60's 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:59
The '60s Rock Experience 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:55
Flower Power [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky Communications
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 2:54
History of Dance, Vol. 10: The Eurodance Edition 2006
Various Artists
Collectables 2:53
Top of the Pops 1967 2007
Various Artists
EMI 2:53
60s Beat Party 2008
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:55
Save the Turtles: The Turtles' Greatest 2009 Manifesto Records 2:54
Chartbusters USA: Sunshine Pop 2009
Various Artists
Ace 2:54
Latest & Greatest Driving Rock Anthems 2014
Various Artists
USM Media 2:53
Ultimate Collection: 60s Classics [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Union Square Music / Universal 2:55
The Ultimate Collection: Driving Songs 2014
Various Artists
Union Square Music / Universal 2:54
All the Singles 2016 Manifesto / Manifesto Records 2:58
Feelin' Groovy [Mood]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 2:55
Good Morning, Vietnam
Various Artists
Disky
Lost and Found: 1962-1969
Various Artists
EMI
Road Trip: 60 Essential Driving Songs
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:54
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
The Rebirth of the Sixties
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:52
Time Life Presents the 60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:54