The Monkees, The Turtles and More: If you’re a fan of the sounds of the Sixties we’ve got the tour for you this summer. The 2012 Happy Together Tour is a traveling celebration of Sixties nostalgia that’s being co-headlined by Micky Dolenz of the Monkees and Flo & Eddie of the Turtles.
However with some of the best songwriters in the business in their camp, the Monkees managed to produce a number of classic pop singles from the era. Many of the best were voiced by Dolenz who will treat audiences on the Happy Together tour to renditions of classic Monkees hits such as “Words,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday.”
Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, or Flo & Eddie as they’ve been know since the Turtles initially disbanded in 1970, have had as eclectic a career in rock as just about anyone, having played with Frank Zappa, hosted a nationally syndicated radio show and done music for the Care Bears kids TV show. With the Turtles the duo enjoyed classic hits like “She’s My Girl,” “You Know What I Mean,” and of course “Happy Together” for which the tour was named.
Northwest Chicago’s response to the British Invasion, the Buckinghams had a string of hits in 1967 including “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Susan,” and “Kind of a Drag.”
Famously clad in wardrobe that consisted of Union Army-style Civil War uniforms, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap also enjoyed a string of top 10 hits in he late 60s including “Lady Willpower,” “Woman, Woman,” and “Young Girl.” The Grass Roots meanwhile, were an American Sunshine Pop group who enjoyed a string of hits before fading into obscurity.
The Happy Together Tour runs from now until the end of August and will see the bands playing dates at state fairs, casinos, amphitheaters, and other venues across the country. To find out when the tour is headed your way, visit the Turtles website.