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.
The Bullet Points:
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.
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)