The Turtles

Let Me Be

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The Turtles passed on P.F. Sloan’s Eve of Destruction only to see it become a #1 hit for Barry McGuire, opting instead to release this less potent but nonetheless strident teen angst plea. Written by Sloan as a response to the frequent verbal battering he took at his parent’s dinner table, the song scored modest chart success mostly due to the momentum established by the Turtles first hit, It Ain’t Me Babe. Pointedly dressed and instrumentally styled to mimic the socially conscious Byrds, this angry protest motif was an uncomfortable fit with the natural on-stage clownishness of Turtles front men Howard Kaylan and Marc Volman. After also misfiring on their next two singles, the Turtles turned to another Sloan tune, the decidedly more upbeat You Baby and found the sharp-edged pop harmonies that would mark their most successful work.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
You Baby/Let Me Be 1966 Sundazed 2:22
Golden Hits [White Whale] 1969 White Whale
The Turtles' Greatest Hits 1984 Rhino 2:26
No Image 1987 Rhino 2:25
Songs of Protest 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:22
30 Years of Rock N Roll: Happy Together 1995 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:26
Let Me Be: 30 Years of Rock 'n Roll 1995 Laserlight 2:26
Most of the Turtles 1999 DJ Specialist 2:24
Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology 2002 Rhino 2:24
Happy Together: The Very Best of the Turtles 2004 Shout! Factory 2:24
No Image 2005 BMG Special Products / Shout! Factory 2:24
Save the Turtles: The Turtles' Greatest 2009 Manifesto Records 2:22
All the Singles 2016 Manifesto / Manifesto Records 2:23