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Music Single : The Turtles – Elenore

Ok I’ll try to keep this short. This is one of those songs that came on the radio when I was a kid. I really liked it. Same vibe as ‘Sunny Afternoon’ by the Kinks and Rascals ‘Groovin’. These songs just got me. Catchy song with a sense of humor. Years later I was getting into Frank Zappa two of the guys in the Mothers at the time were Flo and Eddie ( Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman). I had no idea they were the singers in The Turtles. As Flo and Eddie they sang backup for lots of tunes you’d know ( ‘Bang a Gong’ ‘Hungry Heart’)

Once I found out that Flo and Eddie were part of this band I liked the song all over again even more. This is the second song by The Turtles that I have featured (first was ‘Happy Together). I linked an old live recording of the song below. I saw Flo and Eddie a couple times and they were a lot of fun. This song is fun and puts me in a good mood. Howard Kaylan has a great voice and Volman compliments it. What a cool song that has stayed with me. CB could sing this song and come across as a nice guy. ‘Elenore’ a CB favorite.

“I really think you’re groovy”

46 comments on “Music Single : The Turtles – Elenore

  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    June 13, 2021

    I agree with you on this one, always stick in my mind this song and I really like it. The Turtles had some pretty good tunes and Flo and Eddy were great with Zappa. Have you seen their movie “200 Motels”?

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  2. Jim S.
    June 13, 2021

    Always dug the Turtles. My favorite by them is “She’d Rather Be With Me.” My sad adolescent self wished that I was the “me” she’d rather be with.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 13, 2021

      That’s a good one too. Yeah we always take on the roles in songs. I usually go for the hero guy or girl.

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  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    June 13, 2021

    Great tune, CB. I hadn’t thought about it in a long time. If it came out today, I think it would be a hit.

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  4. christiansmusicmusings
    June 13, 2021

    Love this tune, CB. It’s got a great feel-good vibe. I also really dig “Happy Together,” a great picker upper. Man, The Turtles really knew how to do harmony singing!

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  5. EclecticMusicLover
    June 13, 2021

    Great tune. I too loved the Turtles and a lot of the great music from the mid to late 60s. What a time to have grown up!

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  6. Aphoristical
    June 14, 2021

    Haven’t heard this one for years. Is it the only song that uses etc as a chorus hook. It’s a bit insincere, right?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 14, 2021

      Yes using “etc’ has to be a one and only. They are funny guys with tongue securely stuck in cheek (I think). Playing on all those nice radio friendly songs back then. Works for me.

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  7. J.
    June 14, 2021

    A band I’ve never really heard, CB – quite a nice wee number and I like the chorus.

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  8. Phil Strawn
    June 14, 2021

    Ahhh, The Turtles, jangling folk-rock and soaring harmonies. Flo and Eddie, singing their little hearts out. I loved those guys. These were songs of my teenage years. The rock band I played in at that time did one of their tunes, “Happy Together.” I saw them once in Dallas, maybe 67-68 at the Bronco Bowl concert venue. After they hooked up with Frank, they got a little weird, because Frank required that if you played in his outfit. Good post CB.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 15, 2021

      Always appreciate your input Phil. I don’t think I have run across anyone who seen the Turtles. I seen Flo and Eddie years later.

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      • Phil Strawn
        June 15, 2021

        This is when they first hit the scene, and a local radio station brought them into town. I barely knew of them and had heard them on the AM radio a few times. The Bronco Bowl was a massive bowling alley with a pit style arena for concerts. Quite a place with good acoustics. A local group opened for them, and I don’t remember their name, but that was the norm fror big acts. Pretty sure the tickets weren’t more than a few bucks. I may still have one of their albums. Best Wishes CB.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 15, 2021

        Thanks fell. Always good to hear from my Texas connection.

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  9. keepsmealive
    June 15, 2021

    Classic. I love the cover of it by Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 15, 2021

      I will check that out. Big Earl (Son) is a fan of that band.

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      • keepsmealive
        June 15, 2021

        I am a MASSIVE fan of theirs, I have all the albums. I still need some of their 7″ though. They’re on the Grail List.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 15, 2021

        Sounds like you and Earl have the same like for “The Me Firsts”. Ill keep my eyes open. You never know.
        (My neighbor just gave me a bunch of records. There’s a Sinatra in the mix. I think it might be a little rarity. J might be interested . I know hes a huge fan. Ill let him know)

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      • keepsmealive
        June 15, 2021

        I think I like Earl. Sinatra’s awesome. I have a few LPs here too. A rarity? Interesting. J. will likely know!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 15, 2021

        Im not an expert but it’s one he did with Antonio Carlos Jobim in the 60s. Covers a little worn but the record is in excellent condition.

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      • keepsmealive
        June 15, 2021

        Brilliant. Give ‘er a spin!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 15, 2021

      Just listened to it. Started out like ‘London Calling’. Any band that covers this song is a friend of CBs. Thanks fella.

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      • keepsmealive
        June 15, 2021

        Ha yeah they tagged that on there. Man I love that band.

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  10. 1dancequeendq
    June 16, 2021

    Yes, this one sticks. I remember it from BBC Radio One. A time when there weren’t many other radio options. I mostly listened to Pirate Radio stations it was the only way to hear what my friends and I used call “proper Black music” lol.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 16, 2021

      “Proper Black music”. You have me smiling on that one. Flo and Eddie are Zappa alumni along with a few folks you listen too. George Duke for one.

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  11. hotfox63
    June 17, 2021

    Exactly! Special: “Elenore … gee … I think you’re swe-hell … aaaa-aaa-haa-ahaaaa”. I thought that was nice!

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  12. badfinger20 (Max)
    June 20, 2021

    I inherited this single from a cousin as a kid…I grew up with this song and wore the grooves out…their voices make it… from Eleanor Rigby to Eleanor…I knew those girls well.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 20, 2021

      There’s a new series for us, sounds with ‘Elenore in them ) or some kind of female). Very cool on having that single. Jealous.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        June 20, 2021

        I remember that label spinging “White Whale”…that single and “Come On Down to My Boat Baby”…I wore all of those out.
        I bought some singles not long ago and got the record player out and sat in the floor like I did way back when…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 20, 2021

        I want you on my side on trivia night at the pub.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        June 20, 2021

        LOL… funny thing is CB…I know 60s and 70s but not the time I grew up in as much…but I’m learning!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 20, 2021

        You’re my partner no matter what decade. Who else knows that White Whale stuff. I didnt.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        June 20, 2021

        I’m there man!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 20, 2021

        Good stuff Max. Spread your input. It’s good.

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