Happy Together Tour 2013

23 Jun

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It’s been 50 years since they first came out and they are still HappyTogether. I’m talking about Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Gary Puckett of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night and Flo and Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard kaylan) of theTurtles all appearing in one show. I had the opportunity of seeing the HappyTogether Tour 2013 this past Saturday in TarryTown, N.Y and it was  nothing short of sensational. A true trip down memory lane. 🙂

All of these guys are in their 60’s and 70’s and look younger and sound great and exhibit enthusiasm and energy of someone 20 years younger. If music keeps you young then these guys are living proof of it. As each member performed a screen in back of them showed  animated psychedelic, swirling images and flower power images of the 60’s while super imposing pics and films of how they looked back then in their heyday of performing.

The same band consisting of two guitars, keyboards and drummer played for each performer which saved on time normally taken up by setting up between sets.


Gary Lewis formally of Gary Lewis and the Playboys and son of famed comedian Jerry Lewis opened the show. He opened with his hit song “This Diamond Ring” followed by his other hits such as “Green Grass” ,”Everyone Laughs at a Clown,” “She’s Just My Style,” “Sure Gonna Miss Her,  “Count Me In” and “Save Your Heart for Me.”

Gary told a cute story saying once when he was touring a local newspaper in the town he was in sent a young female reporter to interview him. She told him, “I love your records Mr. Lewis” to which he said “Thank You.” She then said “I love your dad too.” “To which he again said, “Thank You” and then she added, “Especially when he does Great Balls of Fire,” :D. Oldies fans will get the joke here.  I’m not going to explain it.  😀 Gary is 67 and looks and sounds magnificent.

Mark Lindsay

Mark Linsay was the lead singer for Paul Revere and the Raiders in the 60’s. He came out  dressed in a red velvet calf length robe with silver and white sequins on the trim and sleeve cuffs. He’s 71 and looks younger too. Mark went into their hit songs , “Kicks,” “Arizona,” the Kingsmen’s song “Louie, Louie” (which was covered 10,000 times by groups he said including by them), “Hungry for Your Love” and “Indian Reservation.” Mark asked how many people in the audience remembered seeing them on Dick Clark’s show “Where the Action is” on black and white TV. :D.  Mark is 71.

Gary Puckett

Gary Puckett was the lead singer for The Union Gap in the sixties and at 71 he too looks in great shape. This is the second time I’ve seen him in a few months. Gary did “{Young Girl” and “Woman, Woman (Have You Got Cheating on your Mind)” and a few lesser known songs. Gary is a big supporter of our military and asked all the vets in the audience to stand up. He thanked them for their service and then went into a song about thanking them. He mentioned that if they went to his website he has a section they can click on that reveals all kinds of benefits they can get that are tax and service free. Way to go Gary 🙂

Chuck Negron

Chuck Negron was the lead singer for Three Dog Night in the sixties. He really surprised us and I didn’t expect him to have the comedic prowness he had. He made you feel like you were in a private room with him laughing and joking together. He was in a very giddy mood he said since it was one of the band member’s birthday and they had a big carvel cake in back so he had a lot of sugar in him. 😀 .Chuck went into the Three Dog Night hits ”Road to Shambala” “One is the Loneliest Number,” “Eli’s Coming,” “Joy to the World (Jerimiah Was a Bullfrog)” and “Mama told me Not  to Come.” Chuck is 71 and looks great and much better than his goofy look of the 60’s

Flo and Eddie-TheTurtles

Flo and Eddie are Mark Volman and Howard kaylan original founding members of the Turtles and are a laugh a minute riot. They came out showing a video of current Korean hit singer Psy mocking his   dancing moves and said, “Whatever happened to our music? Here’s how it should sound” and went into “She’d Rather Be with Me.” They were great at tossing humorous  lines to each other and goofing around much to laughter of the audience  as well as doing their hits “Happy Together,” “It Ain’t Me babe” saying “Bob Dylan wrote it, we recorded it, you brought it.” And “Ellenor” and “You Showed Me.” Mark and Howard are both 66 years old and have known each other since high school.

At the closing Mark asked how many would like to see the show again?  After a huge audience applause, Gary Lewis came out to sing one verse of “This Diamond Ring,” Mark Lindsey came out to  do a verse of “Kicks,” Gary Puckett came out to do a verse of “Young Girl”  Chuck Negron came out to do a verse of “Joy to the World” and everyone sang “Happy Together.”

One thing each performer did  that I enjoyed was to stop singing and let the audience sing  some of the verses since everyone knew all these songs which added to the fun.

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