The Turtles, led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, became notable for Top 40 hits beginning with their cover version of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" in 1965.
The band was originally a surf-rock group called the Crossfires. They formed in 1965 in Westchester, California. When the Crossfires signed to the newly-formed White Whale Records, they rebranded themselves as a folk-rock group under the name the Tyrtles, the intentional misspelling inspired by the Byrds and the Beatles. However, the trendy spelling did not survive long.
"Happy Together," the first of several key Turtles singles co-written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, had already been rejected by countless performers. "Happy Together" became The Turtles’ biggest hit and their signature song, signaling a turning point for the group and for Chip Douglas, who provided the arrangement. The single replaced the Beatles' "Penny Lane" at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1967. The Turtles' only No. 1, it remained there for three weeks.
By 1970, The Turtles, as a group, were winding down. Since the use of the Turtles name (and even their own names in billings) was prohibited by their contract with White Whale, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman dubbed themselves The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie (Flo & Eddie) and kept making music with groups like The Mothers of Invention, T. Rex, Alice Cooper, and Bruce Springsteen.
Flo & Eddie continue to tour. They legally regained the right to use the name The Turtles in 1983. Their 2014 Happy Together Tour features artists from other 1960s and 1970s bands—Mitch Ryder (The Detroit Wheels), Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), along with Gary Lewis & the Playboys.
Life 103.1 Named Radio Station of the Year!
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Station President Alan Button said, “We were surprised – and thrilled – to be honored. There are so many fine radio stations across
The Life 103.1 weekday format is “Timeless Favorites” music, information, and lifestyle features that seek “to affirm all that is good about Life in the Heart of Carolina.” Weekends include bluegrass on Saturday morning and evening, as well as praise and worship music on Sunday mornings.
According to Button, “Our audience growth in recent years has been overseen by a staff team dedicated to quality and professionalism – including our former station manager, Steve Koranda, who, though he died of cancer in July 2012, set the standard for us last year. Our staff strives to distinguish the station from other media outlets on behalf of our listeners and advertising partners by combining a priority for localization, community, and immediacy with the power and presence of a big-market sound.”
A June 2013 Arbitron report notes that on an average weekly basis radio now reaches 242.5 million listeners, or 92 percent of those age 12 and older. Life 103.1 WLHC-FM can be heard on air in some 11 counties in central
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