Very few rock performers have remained as vital through the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s as have Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman… and as The Turtles, featuring Flo & Eddie, they continue to maintain a vigorous tour schedule.
Two guys from Westchester. That’s how Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (AKA Flo and Eddie) refer to themselves. Two slightly bewildered kids thrust into the fast lane of rock ‘n’ roll stardom – hits, fame, national tours, hanging out with the Beatles, joining the Mothers of Invention, acting in the “200 Motels” movie, and on and on … Two guys from Westchester.
Howard Kaylan (changed in 1965 from Kaplan, because that’s how he always wrote his name) was born June 22, 1947 in the Bronx, and spent his first eight years in Manhattan before his father took a job with General Electric in Utica, New York. After the family moved there for a year or so, they moved to the Los Angeles area, settling in Westchester. Mark Volman was born April 19, 1947. After a brief period living in Redondo Beach, his family moved nearby to Westchester.
Vocalist Chuck Negron grew up in the Bronx in the 1950s, pursuing his talents in basketball — for which he was recruited by colleges nationwide — and singing, which he explored with his doo wop group the Rondells. After playing basketball for Santa Maria, CA’s Hancock College and California State University in Los Angeles, Negron was ready to pursue his musical career. He remained in Los Angeles, eventually connecting with fellow singers Cory Wells and Danny Hutton and forming Three Dog Night in 1968. They met with massive success, scoring 18 consecutive Top 20 singles, including number ones like “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Joy to the World,” and “Black and White.” With success came the trappings of the rock & roll lifestyle, which for Negron focused on drugs: by the time Three Dog Night split in 1977, he had a 2,000-dollar-a-day habit.
Remaining in the grip of addiction for almost two decades, Negron wasted away to 126 pounds and attempted 36 rehab programs unsuccessfully. His stay at the Cri-Help center, however, found him truly rehabilitated and ready to perform again — with an extra octave added to his vocal range. Negron restarted his career by opening for Howie Mandel’s 1994 Atlantic City show, and the following year he released his debut album, Am I Still in Your Heart. Negron now divides his time between raising his family, performing, lecturing, and working with anti-drug organizations like Musicians Assistance Program (MAP), MusiCares, and Cri-Help. 1999 saw the release of his biography, Three Dog Nightmare, and his second album, Long Road Back, the book’s musical counterpart.
Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
Gary Puckett and The Union Gap had six consecutive gold records and sold more records in 1968 than any other recording act …Including The Beatles. Gary is one of a few artists whose ﬁrst ﬁve releases went gold. Not even Elvis accomplished this. Mr. Puckett played a commanding performance at the White House for Prince Charles and Princess Anne by special invitation of the President. Gary has made more than 50 television appearances and has performed in a Made for TV movie. PBS will be airing a special in August 2001 in which Gary appeared. Gary Puckett and The Union Gap achieved prominence worldwide.
“Young Girl” was reissued by popular request in England where it reached number one and achieved a Silver Record Award for the second time. This is a full six years after the song was intially released. The Gary Puckett and The Union Gap’s “Greatest Hits” album is one of CBS’s best-selling “Collector’s Series” albums today. Gary was a founding member of the incredibly successful “Happy Together” Tour, playing to sold-out performances in over 100 cities nationwide.
Gary was invited to tour with the Monkees on their national reunion tour, which established itself as the major box oﬃce success of the 1986 touring season. In 1992 he went to Europe and recorded “In Europe”, now released in the US in 2001. In August 2001, Gary released his ﬁrst ever Christmas CD, ” At Christmas.” Gary performs to standing room only crowds doing over 150 performances each year. He currently resides in Clearwater Florida with his wife and family.
The real-life inspiration behind the hit television series The Partridge Family, the Cowsills — comprised of teen siblings Bill, Bob, Barry, John, Susan, and Paul in tandem with mother Barbara — were one of the biggest pop acts of the late ’60s, scoring a series of hits including “The Rain, the Park and Other Things” and “Hair” with their angelic harmonies and sun-kissed melodies.
Singer, saxophonist, songwriter, and producer Mark Lindsay is best known as the frontman for Paul Revere & the Raiders, who scored a series of hits from the 1960s into the early ’70s. Although the band was named for keyboard player Revere, it was Lindsay who was the most identifiable member, and as time went on, he took over songwriting and producing chores for the group. Lindsay left in the mid-’70s, after which he pursued a career largely out of the limelight, though he periodically performed his old hits, and by the 1990s he was back to recording independently.