The Turtles

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1990 (The 1991 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

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Happy Together (1967)

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Will The Turtles be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


16 comments so far (post your own)

Should be in. The American Hollies.

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 14:35pm

What?! They're not in?

Posted by That Guy on Saturday, 07.26.08 @ 18:47pm

phenomenal talents, great songs, beautifully sung and produced. And anyone who could hang with Zappa deserves to be there!

Posted by Tim O on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 14:50pm

The Turtles not being in is actually a surprise to me. "Happy Together" is a classic. Everyone knows of that song.

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 19:47pm

The Turtles were a great group. Folk rock at its best.

Induct them

Posted by Malens on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 19:58pm

The Turtles should definitely be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They had some great songs with the likes of “Let Me Be,” “You Baby.” “Grim Reaper of Love,” “Can I Get to Know You Better,” “Happy Together” (#1), “She’d Rather Be With Me” (Out-charted “Happy Together” overseas), “You Know What I Mean,” “She’s My Girl” (a psychedelic song), “Sound Asleep,” “The Story of Rock & Roll,” “Elenore,” “You Showed Me” (Both from the concept album The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands), and the album Turtle Soup (A critically acclaimed work of genius together with the likes of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, The Rolling Stones’ Their Satanic Majesties Request, or The Kinks’ The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society). The Turtles worked with the likes of The Monkees, Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, and Ray Davies of The Kinks. The group members Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman worked with Frank Zappa and performed backing vocals on T. Rex’s international hit “Bang a Gong, Get It On” and Bruce Springsteen’s hit “Hungry Heart.” The Turtles also experimented with folk rock, pop rock and psychedelic rock. By far one of the top acts from the 60’s who have yet to be inducted.

Induct The Turtles into the RRHOF!!!

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 21:34pm

They are by far my favorite group of the sixties. I think its a travesty when you have people like Madonna and perhaps soon Metallica in the rrhof and not The Turtles. They are probably the most, if not one of the most underrated groups of the sixties. People should really listen to their music no just the AM radio hits, but the originals and the b-sides. Then they will discover the remarkable talent that these guys possess

Posted by Paul on Saturday, 11.15.08 @ 00:34am

Does anyone ever bring up their name at all. Gret band with tremendous top 10 singles. Crazy. ZZ Top is IN? come on!! 45 members of Grandmaster Flash are IN?..Absurd..Name one song by the flash..what a joke. Turtles right now before someone has to die like the Dave Clark 5

Posted by TH on Tuesday, 07.7.09 @ 14:52pm

this really pisses me off that deserve to be there one of the best bands of all time

Posted by tron on Wednesday, 01.20.10 @ 13:26pm

his really pisses me off that deserve to be there one of the best bands of all time

Posted by tron on Wednesday, 01.20.10 @ 13:26pm

I agree a great band full of talent

Heck the drummer Don Murray after leaving the Turtles went with the Surfaris until his death...

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 01.20.10 @ 20:26pm

I admit, I gotta echo the first comment on this thread... now that the Hollies are in, it would seem that the Turtles are the most likely target, even though they're not British. But who knows, we may see them go for Spencer Davis Group or the Zombies next.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 02.18.10 @ 17:14pm

turtles deserve to be in the hall of fame.they had many great years together and they paid there dues.

Posted by joetrez on Thursday, 07.22.10 @ 11:22am

Zombies need to be in no doubt but I am crushed that the Turtles are not in. Happy Together is a 60s anthem and not only that the Zappa connection with these two guys. They were very experimental they deserve to be in before the Talking Heads.

Posted by Stephanie on Friday, 12.17.10 @ 13:27pm

one of their more memorable performances, imo, was as Flo and Eddie on Zappa's "Filmore East - June, 1971" album . . . right in the middle of this lo-o-o-ng story about mud sharks and Bwana Dik and such, there's this raucously joyous version of "Happy Together" in all it's glory . . . pure genius, both Zappa and Marc & Howie . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 15:52pm

I initially planned on voting for the Turtles over at the Rock Hall Revisited/Rock Hall Projected projects. However, I was never able to find enough room on my ballot for them. That being said, like many acts who I never got around to vote for I nevertheless typed up a paragraph about why I think they should be inducted. I thought I actually had posted this on here a few months ago, but turns out I didn't. Anyway, here it is:

The Turtles
An important and notable 60's band, one of the best representations of the 60s "folk rock" style, "Happy Together" is right up there among the best songs of that era. Far from being their only single of significance, they had many other singles most notably "It Ain't Me Babe," "Let Me Be," "You Baby," "Grim Reaper of Love," "Elenore" (the only song ever making it into the Top 100, it was actually #6 that contained the phrase "etcetera"), and "You Showed Me." They had one of the world's first concept albums drawing in from earlier works with 1968's "Battle of the Bands" and their critically acclaimed 1969 album "Turtle Soup" won comparisons to the Kinks' "Village Green." Not just influential to their peers, Many of today's psych-pop bands ( and bands like Apples in Stereo, Animal Collective and The Coral among others) have cited them as influence along with big names like the Beatles.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.28.11 @ 05:51am

turtles one of the best groups ever.should of been in 20 years ago.

Posted by john scialfa on Monday, 08.25.14 @ 23:21pm

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