Together again for another nostalgic trip into the 60s and 70s, featuring: Flo and Eddie of The Turtles “Happy Together,” “Elenore,” “You Showed Me”), Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night ("One," "Joy to the World"), Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels ("Devil With a Blue Dress On"), Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad ("We're an American Band," "I'm Your Captain"), and Gary Lewis & The Playboys ("This Diamond Ring").
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Flo & Eddie:
Though many remember only their 1967 hit, "Happy Together," The Turtles were one of the more enjoyable American pop groups of the '60s. (Mark Volman, "Flo" aka "Phlorescent Leech", and Howard Kaylan, "Eddie"), were the original founding members. Other hits include "Elenore," and "you Showed Me." After the Turtles dissolved, Volman and Kaylan first joined The Mothers of Invention as "Phlorescent Leech & Eddie". Due to contractual restrictions made early in their career, Mark and Howard were prevented from using the name "The Turtles", as well as their own names in a musical context.
The world was introduced to Chuck Negron and Three Dog Night in 1969 by the breakthrough – and the band’s first million seller “One.” Driven by Chuck Negron’s solo lead vocals on 4 million selling singles, three #1 records, (one which topped the charts for six weeks, “Joy To The World,”) five top 5 hits and seven top 40 hits, Negron put and kept Three Dog Night on the charts for six years. His soaring, soulful, four octave range and unique vocal styling became a part of the American landscape. His gut wrenching performance on the band’s follow up hit to “One”, “Easy To Be Hard” is now a pop classic, as is his beautiful and smooth vocal on “Old Fashioned Love Song.” Chuck’s unmistakable voice exclaiming “Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog” on the multi-Grammy nominated and 1971 Record Of The Year, “Joy To The World” is today a part of Americana, securing a place for Chuck Negron as one of the great singers in rock and pop.
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
High octane, turbo, high performance, super charged MITCH RYDER & The Detroit Wheels didn't need to hail from the Motor City for those adjectives to be tossed their way, but it was certainly appropriate that they called Motown home. It was Mitch and The Wheels who served as the musical bridge between the Motown soul factory and the high energy, take no prisoners rock 'n' roll that would roar out of Detroit via Iggy & The Stooges, MC5, Ted Nugent and Bob Seger.
Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad
Gary Lewis and the Playboys
(courtesy of Allmusic.com) Mark Farner is the heart and soul of the band Grand Funk Railroad, having written and/or sung their most famous songs from the majority of their '70s hits: "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)," "Bad Time," "Footstompin' Music," "Rock & Roll Soul," the number one remake of the Little Eva classic "The Loco-Motion" ( which is everything creatively that a remake should be), a cover of "Some Kind of Wonderful," along with a multitude of well-known album tracks, including "Hooked on Love," "Mean Mistreater," "Heartbreaker," to riveting versions of the Stones' "Gimme Shelter" and Traffic's "Feelin' Allright."
Gary Lewis is the son of Jerry Lewis. Just as the comedy antics of Jerry Lewis skyrocketed him to fame when he was just barely out of his teens. son Gary had achieved comparable success in the music field... also at a young and carefree age. His first single, This Diamond Ring straight to number one. After their second hit titled Count Me In went to number two, Gary and the band proved that they would be a continued success. They followed with more Top 10 songs such as Save Your Heart For M, Everybody Loves A Clown, She's Just My Style, Sure Gonna Miss Her, and many more. In 1965 Gary himself was Cash Box magazine's "Male Vocalist of the Year", winning the honor over other nominees Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. He was the first and only artist during the 1960's to have his first seven releases reach Billboard magazine's Top 10 on the Hot 100 chart.