Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan joined Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention in 1970. They had been the leadsingers of The Turtles. They recorded and performed as The Mothers Of Invention until Zappa's accident at the Rainbow Theatre, December 1971.
In Zappa's band they were refered to as The Phlorescent Leech (Mark Volman) and Eddie (Howard Kaylan). In the 1970's, they recorded a number of solo albums as "Flo & Eddie".
In 1987, they were asked to join Zappa's band, but for some reason or another, they only took part in some of the earlier rehearsals.
In 2006, Howard Kaylan released his first solo album: "Dust Bunnies".
May & June, 2012, Bobby Marquis aired a two-part interview with Howard Kaylan on CKCU-FM, Ottowa's community radio station.
2013, Backbeat Books will publish the Howard Kaylan biography: "Shell Shocked - My Life With The Turtles, Flo & Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc".
|1||the turtles: it ain't me baby
(1965, lp, ??, ??)
|2||the turtles: you baby (2)
(1966, lp, ??, ??)
|3||the turtles: happy together (3)
(1967, lp, ??, ??)
|4||the turtles: the turtles present the battle of the bands (4)
(1968, lp, ??, ??)
|5||the turtles: turtle soup (5)
(1969, lp, ??, ??)
|6||the turtles: wooden head (6)
(1970, lp, ??, ??)
|1970 t.rex- t.rex|
zappa: chunga's revenge
(1970, lp, usa, bizarre)
mothers: fillmore east, june
(1971, lp, usa, bizarre)
zappa: 200 motels
(1971, 2lp, usa, united artists)
|1971 t.rex- electric warrior|
mothers: just another band from
(1972, lp, usa, bizarre)
volman and howard kaylan:
the phlorescent leech & eddie
(1972, lp, usa, reprise records) - feat.don preston, jim pons & aynsley dunbar
|1972 various artists- burbank|
|1972 navasota- rootin'|
john & yoko /
plastic ono band: sometime in new york city
(1972, 2lp, uk, apple) - feat. zappa & mothers
|1972 t.rex- slider|
flo & eddie: flo
& eddie (2)
(1973, lp, usa, reprise records) - feat.jim pons & aynsley dunbar
|flo & eddie: you're a
(1973, 7"-promo, usa, reprise)
|1973 various artists- appetizers|
|1973 hoyt axton- life machine|
|1973 mcguinn, roger- peace on you|
| flo &
me make love to you (s/m)
(1974, 7"-promo, usa, columbia)
|1974 t.rex- light of love|
immoral and fattening (3)
(1975, lp, usa, cbs) - feat.ian underwood, aynsley dunbar, incl.'eddie are you kiddin' (frank zappa)
|flo & eddie: rebecca /
illegal, immoral & fattening
(1975, 7"-pro, usa, columbia)
|1975 david cassidy- higher they climb the harder they fall|
|1975 ray manzarek- the whole thing started with rock'n'roll|
|1975 michael quatro- in collaboration with the gods|
|1975 keith moon- two sides of the moon|
flo & eddie: moving targets
(1976, lp, uk, cbs) - feat.ian underwood
|flo & eddie: eleanore
(1976, 7"-pro, usa, columbia)
|1976 david cassidy- home is where the heart is|
|1976 stephen stills- illegal stills|
|1976 stills, stephen- illegal stills|
|1976 t.rex- futuristic dragon|
|1976 hillman, chris- slippin' away|
|1977 tim moore- white shadows|
|1977 tim moore- white sun|
|1978 alice cooper- from the inside|
|1978 dmz- dmz (producer)|
|1978 sorry- oh kathy|
|1978 good rats- rats to riches|
|1979 california dreaming soundtrack|
|1979 roadmaster- roadmaster|
|1979 roger youdouris|
|1979 terry mace|
|1980 blondie- autoamerican|
|1980 alice cooper- flush the fashion|
|1980 airplane!- soundtrack album (not credited in movie)|
|1980 taylor, livingston- man's best friend|
|1980 bruce springsteen- the river|
|1980 hammond, albert- your world & my world|
|1980 the world of strawberry shortcake|
|1980 tonio k- amerika|
|1980 van wilks- bombay tears|
|1981 strawberry shortcake in big apple city|
|1981 al stewart- live/indian summer|
|1981 california usa- compilation|
|1981 crossfires- out of control|
|1981 the knack- round trip|
|5||flo & eddie: rock
steady with flo & eddie
(1981, lp, usa, epiphany records) - feat.albert wing, walt fowler
|1982 alice cooper- zipper catches skin|
|1982 checkpoint charlie- salz & phiffer|
|1982 livingston taylor|
|1982 turtles- turtles' greatest hits|
|1982 strawberry shortcake's pet parade|
|1982 psychedelic furs- forever now|
|1982 sammy hagar- full moon (fast times at ridgemont high track)|
|flo & eddie: the
history of flo & eddie and the turtles
(1983, 3lp, usa, rhino)
| flo &
eddie: checkpoint charlie
(1983, ep, usa, rhino records)
|1983 ava cherry|
|1983 burton cummings|
|1983 paul kantner- planet earth r'n'r orchestra|
|1983 espionage- espionage|
|1983 let's dance with strawberry shortcake|
|1983 introducing the care bears|
|1983 the care bears care for you|
|1983 adventures in care-a-lot|
|1983 the care bears christmas|
|1984 top secret! (soundtrack) (song was "skeet surfin usa")|
|1985 t.rex- t.rextasy: the best of t.rex, 197 (vocals (bckgr), handclapping)|
eddie: the best of flo &
eddie = compilation
(1986, lp, usa, rhino rnlp 70134)
| flo &
eddie: prince flo & jah
edwards = a reissue of "rock steady with flo & eddie"
(1987, lp, usa, rhino rnlp 70079)
|7||the turtles: chalon road (7)
(1987, lp, ??, ??)
|8||the turtles: shellshock (8)
(1987, lp, ??, ??)
|andy taylor: thunder
(1987, cd, usa, mca records dmcg 6018) - feat. patrick o'hearn, mark volman & howard kaylan
|51||frank zappa: you can't do that on
stage anymore vol.1
(1988, 2cd, usa, ryko)
|1988 adam bomb|
|1988 gavin friday- adam and eve|
|54||frank zappa: you can't do that on
stage anymore vol.3
(1989, 2cd, usa, ryko)
|1989 jefferson airplane- jefferson airplane|
|1989 gumby- gumby|
|1990 darlene love- paint another picture|
|frank zappa: freaks & motherfu****
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70539)
|zappa / mothers: disconnected synapses
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71017)
|zappa / mothers: tengo
na minchia tanta
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71018)
|frank zappa: at the circus
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71020)
|zappa / mothers: swiss cheese / fire !
(1991, 2cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71021)
|1991 bruce springsteen.."live"|
|9||the turtles: captured live (9)
(1992, cd, ??, ??)
|59||frank zappa: you can't do that on
stage anymore vol.6
(1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
|60||frank zappa: playground psychotics
(1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
|1992 ono, yoko- ono box|
|1992 gavin friday- each man kills the thing he loves|
|1992 the ramones- mondo bizarro|
|1993 best of louis bertignac|
|1993 bruce springsteen- greatest hits|
|1993 steely dan- citizen steely dan|
preston: vile foamy ectoplasm (1)
(1993, cd, ger, muffin records muffin cdmr 003) - feat. ex-moi and ex-zappa bandmembers
|1995 duran duran- thank you|
|1996 cowabunga! the surf box|
|1996 turtles- greatest hits [dj specialist]|
|1999 the johnny popstar luv explosion- lizzy the supermarket drag queen|
(2006, cd, ??, ??)
preston: vile foamy ectoplasm
(2007, cd, usa, crossfire publications) - feat. frank zappa, ex-moi and ex-zappa bandmembers
|tony palmer's film of frank zappa's 200 motels
(2010, dvd, uk, tony palmer)
|frank zappa & the mothers of
invention: carnegie hall
(2011, 4cd, usa, vaulternative records)
|frank zappa: finer
(2012, cd, usa, zappa records)
|shell shocked - my life with the
turtles, flo & eddie, and frank zappa, etc...
by howard kaylan and jeff tamarkin, foreword by penn jillette
(2013, book, usa, backbeat books)
Howard Kaylan: Born Jun 22, 1947 in New York City, NY
From the Turtles
website, via Charles Ulrich:
Mark Volman was born April 19, 1947. After a brief period living in Redondo Beach, his family moved nearby to Westchester.
I'd always been under the impression that Flo & Eddie & Frank might have continued indefinitely (well, you know what I mean) had Frank not been pushed off the Rainbow stage by irate British "fan" in 1971. Frank's subsequent lengthy recovery period resulting in no more band with Flo & Eddie, who were economically forced to seek other musical employment. The wheelchair-ridden Frank then moved into the Wazoo/Jawaka "big band" period and never looked back so-to-speak. Is this not likely?
From: Biffyshrew (email@example.com)
That's pretty much the way I understand things. There was no actual "breakup." Apparently Flo & Eddie were hurt that FZ never contacted them during his months off the road. They didn't know whether they were still in the Mothers or not. Even the appearance of _Waka/Jawaka_ in mid-1972 may not have sealed the issue, as it was billed as a Frank Zappa solo LP. In any event, it wasn't until some months later that Flo & Eddie unveiled their own "solo" debut. The real rift with Zappa came when F&E, in publicizing their album, apparently said some denigrating things about FZ. (I don't know exactly what they said; it may have been no more than the kind of harmless--if barbed--ribbing that F&E dished out to *everybody*.) This, unsurprisingly, infuriated FZ, who in turn took some potshots at F&E ("as jive as can be") in the press. But the acrimony didn't last, as F&E reunited with FZ for a one-shot performance in Detroit in 1976, and later almost became the centerpiece of the 1988 band...which would have been a *very* different animal had this panned out.
After leaving the
Mothers, they released at least 5 albums with the name Flo and Eddie.
1- The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie (1972)
2- Flo and Eddie (1973)
3- Illegal, Immoral and Fattening (1975)
4- Moving Targets (1976)
5- Rock Steady with Flo and Eddie (1981)
#4, Moving Targets, contained the song "Keep it Warm" which had quite a bit of airplay.
#5, Rock Steady, was re-released in 1987 by Rhino records as "Prince Flo & Jah Edward." This contains a reggae version of Happy Together!
Rhino also put out a compilation CD in 1987 called "The Best of Flo & Eddie," which contained tracks from the first 4 albums above, plus songs from the movies "Dirty Duck" and "Texas Detour." Flo and Eddie have done lots of soundtrack and backing vocal work. (They sing backup in the song "Bang a gong.")
#3, Illegal Immoral and Fattening, was recently released on CD.
Also a disk called "The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie Captured Live" was released by Rhino in 1992. It contains the old Turtles hits like Happy Together, Elanoire (sp), and others... The white hair and beard look - - - different - but the voices are still the same.
Reunited the Turtles a year or two back and did a 20th or 25th
anniversary tour (or maybe even a 30th anniversary?).
Oops, I should have included Flo and Eddie in the news about being in the studio with Terry and Duran Duran. Apparently they did backing vocals. This is all verified information from Warren Cuccurullo himself.
Flo and Eddie were also the afternoon drive-time DJs at WXRK-FM
("K-Rock" -- Howard Stern's home station) in New York for a while,
about a year ago. Anybody know why they left the airwaves? I really don't
think they were cut out for that industry. Probably the stresses were too
much for them, and I don't expect they liked living in New York. Howard
thought they were idiots and used to poke fun at them a lot (lucky for them they
weren't in competition).
One snippet had two Flo & E impersonators talking about what washed up boring has-been rock stars from the 70's they could call today. One of them suggested the guitarist from Blodwyn Pig. I died laughing.
They have been doing The Bottom Line in NYC for the last umpteen years on
New Years. I saw them last year and two years before that as well. Excellent
They usually do a little segment on the Zappa years, but most of the show is Turtles material (which is nice, but after a while, it takes on an oldies show feel). They usually do the Sanzini Brothers. A bit slower than on the Illegal Immoral and Fattening album, but still worth while. Last year they did a long Nikki Hoi segment. I have a homebrew bootleg of the show from 90-91.
They did a Batman spoof in the beginning, and a Menudo spoof after the intermission.
Flo and Eddie have played at the Bottom Line in New York practically every New Year's Eve weekend that I can remember since the mid 70's. On one of these occasions in the late 70's, Frank Zappa showed up and played a few songs with them. Last year at the Bottom Line they did a large chunk of side one of We're only in it for the Money for "all the Zappa fans out there," which was odd because they didn't sing on that album. Most of the audience had no idea what was going on, but they did a great job.
And if you think about it, flow and eddy are two things that water does... pretty neat pun huh?
For you completists out there (I haven't seen this mentioned yet), Flo & Eddie did the prominent background vocals on Springsteen's "Hungry Heart".
They wrote/performed the music for the Care Bears. Luckily we don't get this in the UK, so no idea what it is/was. They also appeared on the 'Gumby' compo album (some sort of conservation doodad), along with Dweezil.
Also, I heard that they did the backing vocals for Marc Bolan's
"Bang a Gong".
Only 70% sure on this one. I think my source was _I'm with the band_. Regarding your uncertainty regarding Flo & Eddie's ties to Marc Bolan and T.Rex.
They did indeed do backing vocals on "Bang a Gong", and vocals on the first 3 T.Rex albums.
Yeah I know some of you folks here don't care much for the F & E era,
but for those of us who do, let me say that they did excellent versions tonight
(12/94) at the Bottom Line of the following:
Magic Fingers Mystery Roach
Lonesome Cowboy Burt The Air
Call Any Vegetable Eddie Are You Kidding
We caught the Dec 31st 1994 early Bottom Line show. They did a buncha Turtles, then announced it was "opera time" Proceeded to do some 200 motels (inc. Lonesome Cowboy Burt), Eddie are You Kidding and Call any Vegetable. Voices in fine form. Mark mentioned that Howard is now a restaurateur in Oregon; Howard said Mark is back in college! "I made the Dean's list!" crowed Mark. They mentioned the anniversary of the death of F.Z. and said "we love doin' this shit".
Old news but ... I saw F&E on a tour in April of '80 or '81 They did a great satire of Pink Floyd's The Wall. They called it "The Fence".
Flo & Eddie's stint on the New York airwaves... someone speculated that they were only on for a year because "they weren't cut out for that industry" or that "the stresses were too much for them"...
You couldn't be further off-base; Flo & Eddie PLANNED on only DJ-ing for that long. ("We're Only in it for the Money"?) If you've ever heard them, you know that they blow away 99% of the DJs out there! They are major talents in many fields, and they didn't want to waste the rest of their lives stuck on the radio, playing other people's music. So they took the money and gave New York a one-year gift. As far as the "stress", their activities run rings around all the DJs that I've known.
re: Marc Bolan
Flo & Eddie were friends of Marc. He dug the Turtles, and they dug T Rex. And sang on lots of his tracks.
They also sang the backups on "Love My Way" (Psychedelic Furs), "Johnny Angel/New Dance" (RadioMusic) and on the 3rd Knack album, among others.
Dr. Tracy Knight sez:
A longtime reader and fan of horror and other fantasy fiction, Howard Kaylan recently had his first short story published. The story, "Hi, Bob," appears in the anthology Phantoms of the Night, edited by Richard Gilliam and Martin H. Greenberg and published by DAW books.
Jan van Kemenade sez:
Flo & Eddie appear on the Bruce Springsteen 'Live 75-85' album. The track is called "Hungry heart". I doubt whether they were on stage, my guess is it was a studio overdub. But I'm not sure on that.
Please see Steely Dan box set "Citizen"
Demo of "Everyone's Gone To The Movies "F + E in fine form on b/v
From: mark spieller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
F&E sang back up on the studio version of "hungry heart" --Springsteen's first charting single and when the tour played The Meadowlands, Springsteen flew F&E out to sing back-up live for that one song.
F&E also did a syndicated radio show during the late 70's, early 80's called Flo & Eddie by the Fireside.
From: Patrick Neve
Sometime right around the time of Frank's death, Mark and his girlfriend were running a health food store in Burbank. Here is an excerpt from an interview of unknown origin:
Eddie: We're sitting in.... "Sprouting Wings".
Eddie: Tell us what it is.
Flo: "Sprouting Wings" is a.. health-food store that is um, run by me and my girlfriend here, in Los Angeles, uh in Burbank California. Uh, health food, vitamins, suppliments, and a 30-seat all-vegetarian cafe that serves uh, healthy food for people who are interested in purifying their bodies.
Interviewer: So, why don't you play "Would You Like A Snack" here?
Flo: (laughing) Yeah, this would be a good time for it.
Date: 17 Sep 1997 19:13:01 GMT
Over the labor day weekend here in Virginia Beach, Va. we had the American Music Festival where over 30 bands play on the beach. This year they had amongst them the "Turtles". I must say that it was great to see that they still have some Zappa In them. The chatter between songs reminded you of the Fillmore days in a haunting kind of way. They spoke of the last time they were here with Frank and how they ended up in the Virginia Beach jailhouse for obsenity charges. I remember the this show in 1974. They said there would be no Zappa performed today however the crowd cheered when they broke into a 5-6minute jam of "Road Ladies". I thought I had been Zapped through time. It was great.
From: Tony Zoccolillo
I saw Flo&Eddie in July 98 in Syracuse, NY. A benefit for Easter Seals, it was an outdoor show. They were great. The only Zappa they did was "Road Ladies". Unfortunately, thunderstorms were rolling in and the show was cut short. They look the same, a little older and grayer. Their bad was decent.
From: Ronald Raygunz
Mark and Howard will be on "Suddenly Susan" on Feb 8th,'99.
From: Paul Hinrichs (email@example.com)
Subject: Mark Volman: Master Of Music
Mark Volman is a founding member of the musical group THE TURTLES. They have had ten top-10 records and have sold over 40 million records worldwide, the most famous being "Happy Together." Mark has also sung and made records with Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones, T-Rex, and many others. He has written music for both film and television, including the award winning children's TV shows, Strawberry Shortcake, and the Care Bears.
Mark has been a radio on-air personality and has created radio syndication, as well as, creating commercials for both radio and TV. The Turtles continue to tour and perform over 60 concerts a year. Mark graduated Magna Cum Laude and was the Valedictorian from Loyola Marymount University and has been teaching there since 1997. He also teaches in the music department at Los Angeles Valley College. He will complete is Masters in Fine Arts in the spring of 1999.
Does anyone remember a show on PBS a long time ago with Flo and Eddie?
Is it available anywhere?
It was a one time show I think, not a series and was on in the late '70s. It started out with an old man and his old fat wife- Flo (in drag) and Eddie. They ate dinner and then were watching TV on a sofa and they both fell asleep. While they are asleep, our point of view changes and all we see is the TV. It looks like they were watching Don Kirshner or the Midnight Special. The bands on TV were all Flo and Eddie doing a bunch of impersonations. I'm pretty sure Led Zepplin was
one and it probably included George Harrison Jimi Hendrix Marc Bolan and they may have performed the beautiful and moving "Jumping Jack Flash between your legs" number. Although I don't remember it clearly, I think they did a pretty good job of looking like and acting like other big rock stars. They proved themselves as great impersonators of the sounds of other artists, but I think this was the first and maybe the only time on film (I don't know for sure) that they proved how good they were at mimicking other areas too.
Does anyone remember a show on PBS a long time ago with Flo and Eddie?
From: Ralph Wayvone
I DO remember that! F & E but their hair up Kabuki style and put on slit sunglasses and capes to make fun of KISS. I remember one line was "now this is a cheap little concert" with flashpots going off. They also lampooned Joni Mitchell with her "yodel"-like breaking voice routine (that now is Sara McGlaughlin's shtick)....very funny stuff.
From: Doug Grose (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Turtles/Flo & Eddie's web site is located at:
There is also a complete discography, recent news and announcements, and current touring information.
I got a chance to see them perform as part of Dick Clark's Rock Review (or something like that) about 10 years ago at Great Adventure in NJ. One of the bands was The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie. They were pretty hilarious as they were very sarcastic about singing their old 60's hits. The band came out and started playing a heavy metal tune and then Eddie says "Wait a minute ! (band stops) we don't play that sh*t, we play this sh*t !" and launched into Happy Together. They were clearly doing it for the money, but they goofed around through the whole 20 minute set.
1971 Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (as members of the Mothers of Invention) 1975 Dirty Duck 1980 Loose Shoes 1989 The True Story of 200 Motels
from PR Web (alt.frank.frank-zappa) - march 2006
Howard Kaylan -- Lead Singer of the Turtles, Mothers of Invention, Flo and Eddie -- Releases First Solo Album
Recorded in Billy Bob Thornton's studio in Beverly Hills, and featuring the Oscar winner on guest vocals, "Dust Bunnies" is an album of little-known gems from the sixties and beyond sung by one of the quintisential rock voices, Howard Kaylan.
Seattle,WA (PRWEB)March 21, 2006 -- Dust Bunnies is the first solo album to come from Howard Kaylan, the lead singer of the Turtles, Flo and Eddie and Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. The songs were hand-picked by Kaylan from years of seldom-heard B-sides and album cuts recorded by many of his favorite artists and supplemented by new arrangements of more familiar pieces and a rock original or two.
Recorded last year in Billy Bob Thornton's home studio in Beverly Hills, Dust Bunnies features Mr. Thornton on its finale cut, "Music." As the Turtles continue to tour America and the world, Dust Bunnies is the only NEW project to be untaken by a member of that now-legendary band. And Kaylan's vocals, famous for Happy Together as well as projects with Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones, John Lennon and many more can be heard, once again, singing pop-rock the way that it was meant to be.
A Brief Biography
Howard Kaylan was born in New York City on June 22, 1947 and moved with his parents to Los Angeles before his tenth birthday. It was at Westchester High School where he met the members of the band soon to be named The Turtles. Their first hit, Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" climbed into the national top ten six months after Howard graduated from Westchester High and the trip has never stopped. Many more hits followed, "You Baby", "Happy Together", She'd
Rather Be With Me", "You Showed Me" and "Elenore," which Howard wrote, were among the band's chart topping successes.
In 1970, the Turtles became the first rock band to ever do a command performance at the White House.
Later that year, the Turtles broke up and Howard, along with partner Mark Volman, joined Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention where he starred in Zappa's film "200 Motels" and sang lead on "Live at the Fillmore East", "Just Another Band From L.A." and others. In 1970, Kaylan and his partner began to assert themselves as background singers on hit records and albums by T. Rex, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Duran Duran, Alice Cooper, Blondie and many more.
Flo and Eddie, Mark and Howard's alter egos released five albums before the duo went into writing all the music for the animated series "Strawberry Shortcake" and "The Care Bears."
Then the duo tackled radio appearing daily on NYC's K-Rock Radio following Howard Stern's show. Kaylan has also acted in the films "Get Crazy", "Stephen King's Riding The Bullet", and last year, wrote the full-length motion picture "My Dinner With Jimi", a huge festival favorite that will be released in theaters in 2006 from Rhino Films.
Dust Bunnies is his first solo album.
December 2006, Backstageauctions sent out this message:
Zappa Fansite Webmaster --
We would like to take the opportunity to tell you and your loyal visitors/subscribers of your website about our auction, "The Turtles and Beyond Auction", featuring the private collection Howard Kaylan. As one of the original members of the famed '60s rock group The Turtles, Kaylan was also with Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and later as "Eddie" of the singing duo Flo & Eddie with Mark Volman.
This amazing event will feature music memorabilia from Kaylan's personal collection spanning over 4 decades of Rock and Roll, Pop, Doo-Wop, Vocal Groups, Motown, Mersey Beat, Surf and Psychedelic music from The Beatles to Zappa and everything in between. The auction features over 600 lots of amazing one of a kind memorabilia and rock artifacts that any fan or collector can get excited about.
|Frank Zappa's guitar case (the one that survived the Montreux fire).|
|A bunch of pictures from the "200 Motels" movie recording.|
Attached are also some photos of just a few of the
Zappa Auction Items that will be featured in the auction. Most are self
explanatory - but if you need more information, we are here to help.
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THE TURTLES AND BEYOND AUCTION
Featuring the private collection of Howard Kaylan
December 3 - 10, 2006
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|The Montreux Fire - Pictures taken by Howard Kaylan||Howard's t-shirt|
About Howard Kaylan
Kaylan's passion for music and entertaining began at an
early age while attending high school in Los Angeles. As one of the
founding members and lead singer of the '60s group The Turtles,
he experienced the sweet smell of success with ten top-ten
singles and over five years of chart recordings. The Turtles performed
all over the world and their signature hit, "HAPPY TOGETHER"
knocked the Beatles' "PENNY LANE" out of the number one slot
in America. The Turtles were fixtures on television appearing on the Ed
Sullivan Show a number of times as well as the Smothers Brothers' Comedy
Hour and countless others. In 1970, they were selected to be the first
rock and roll band to ever play at the White House (Tricia Nixon's
birthday) and yet, the following week, they were headlining at the
world-famous Fillmore Auditorium in New York.
When the band broke up at the end of 1970, Howard and
his partner Mark turned down offers to join other groups and signed on
as members of Frank Zappa's elite band of musical comedians, The Mothers
of Invention. Five albums and the motion picture, "200 MOTELS"
came from that fruitful partnership as did the nom de plume "Flo
and Eddie" as Howard and Mark were not allowed legal use of their
own names until multiple Turtle lawsuits were settled. Four albums
followed on Warner Brothers and Columbia Records. They also produced
many albums for other bands and artists, as well as singing background
on over 100 albums. Flo and Eddie can be heard singing with John Lennon,
Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones, Blondie, Duran Duran, The Psychedelic
Furs, T. Rex, Alice Cooper and dozens more.
In the 1980's, "Rock Steady With Flo and
Eddie" was recorded in Kingston Jamaica and the partners began
writing comedy and script with Chris Bearde, Larry Gelbart and Carl
Gotleib. Simultaneously, they began writing regularly featured columns
for Creem, Phonograph Record Magazine and the infamous L.A. Free Press.
Shortly thereafter, Flo and Eddie began a career in the
radio industry, beginning their own show on L.A.'s famous KMET and then
moving on to KROQ with their own Sunday night program of celebrity
zaniness. Ten years later, they would find themselves with their own
radio time slot immediately following Howard Stern on New York's
In 1985, the old lawsuits were finally settled and the
name, "The Turtles" reverted to Howard and his partner, Mark
Volman, after fifteen years in litigation, as well as all of the master
recordings they made. Thanks to Burger King, the NFL, Sony Playstation,
and countless other television commercials and motion pictures, the
Turtles' catalog remains a staple for licensing and reproduction in the
In 2001, Howard wrote a treatment for a very short film about his first night on tour in London. After bringing it to his good friend (and Rhino Records president) Harold Bronson for input, the project was lengthened and shot as a one-hour movie. The following year, scenes were added and it was back into the movie studio once again to complete what would now be a full-length feature. "MY DINNER WITH JIMI" is the first film written by Howard Kaylan. The film chronicles the events leading up to the night in 1967 when Howard Kaylan met Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles. "It's an absolutely true story," Kaylan recounts. "It was our first trip to London, and we met Graham Nash, Donovan, the Stones, and The Beatles - who played us Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band before it was released-all on the same night! I wound up eating dinner with Hendrix at 4 a.m....!" It is produced by Harold Bronson for Rhino Entertainment and directed by Bill Fishman, ("Tapeheads" "Car 54, Where Are You?") for Fallout Films. Howard currently lives in Seattle, Washington and commutes to Hollywood where he anxiously anticipates the release of his first major picture. The Turtles continue to perform, doing between 60 and 75 concerts each year.