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145. The Turtles

As the British Invasion dominated the 60’s, few American bands seemed able to stand up to them. The Turtles were one of those bands that were successful in doing so; even though many casual fans may have thought they were British.

Most fans remember the Turtles for their smash hit Happy Together and many today may incorrectly view them as a one hit wonder of their era. The Turtles were actually a very accomplished band that borrowed from Folk, Pop and Rock and had many hits throughout the 60’s though none as remotely large as Happy Together. Their amount of hits in the 60’s certainly helps their cause but they don’t seem to have the legacy required that others of their era seem to possess.

Should The Turtles be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 86.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 1990
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Why they will get in: Strong 60’s bands should always have a shot.
  • Why they won't get in: They are only remembered for one of their hits.
  • Essential Albums: It Ain’t Me Babe (1965)
    You Baby (1966)
    Happy Together (1967)
    Turtle Soup (1969)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: It Ain’t Me Babe (From It Ain’t Me Babe, 1965)
    Let Me Be (From You Baby, 1966)
    Happy Together (From Happy Together, 1967)
    She’d Rather Be With Me (From Happy Together, 1967)
    You Don’t Have To Walk in the Rain (From Turtle Soup, 1969)

Should The Turtles be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 86.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.5%
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 19:36

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+7 #3 Lee Roschen 2015-04-12 23:56
[quote name="Lee Roschen"]"On ly remembered for one of their hits?" as quoted above? HOGWASH. How about "Elenore", "She's Rather Be With Me", "It Ain't Me Babe", "She's My Girl", "You Baby", and many more. Their hits are still very popular on Oldies radio stations today, and have stood the test of time! The Turtles are definitely worthy for RRHF consideratio n!
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+12 #2 Lee Roschen 2013-08-30 20:25
"Only remembered for one of their hits?" as quoted above? HOGWASH. How about Elenore, She's Rather Be With Me, It Ain't Me Babe, She's My Girl, You Baby, and many more. The Turtles are definitely worthy for RRHF consideratio n.
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+7 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
I love the Turtles. I love the catchy pop songs. I love the happiness they bring to people. And most importantly i love the name of the band. The name of the band should never be underestimat ed in rock and roll! Just think where would Metallica be without that wonderful name for a heavy metal band. or the Rolling Stones? or led Zeppelin? and how about the melvins or Pixies? may have had a little more succes if they were named Nirvana. in spite of their great name (Turtleman was my nickname in high school) i must admit i would not put the great Turtles into the hall. unless they had a hall for names.
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