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Major, moderate Turtles hits included in new vinyl 45s collection

“Happy Together” and the band's other Top 10 Billboard pop smashes are among the set's notable songs.
Turtles box front

By Chris M. Junior

During their commercial peak (1965-70), The Turtles scored five Top 10 Billboard pop hits recording for the White Whale label, among them “Happy Together,” which went all the way to No. 1 in 1967.

Those huge hits, as well as other notable chart entries, are part of The Turtles’ “45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection,” now available from FloEdCo/Manifesto Records.

The Turtles found chart success right away with their cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” which is included here. So is the band’s hit rendition of “You Showed Me,” written circa 1964 by eventual Byrds members Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn (who at that time was still known as Jim).

The “45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection” contains eight 45s and includes the minor-charting Turtles hit “Love in the City” (produced by Kinks leader Ray Davies) and the noncharting single “Outside Chance” (written by Warren Zevon).