Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Groovy Times at LOH-Happy Together 2013 Rolls Into Town

Lebanon NH
June 18, 2013

The Turtles, featuring Flo and Eddie, have a groovy tour bus tour going on. They've gathered up some hit makers from the 60's and 70's and are taking their show on the road. This year's incarnation features: 
Gary Lewis (Gary Lewis and the Playboys)
Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders)
Gary Puckett (Gary Puckett and the Union Gap)
Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night)
and Flo and Eddie.

The show opened at 7:30 and went until about 10:30 with a brief 20 minute intermission.
Gary Lewis took the stage first.
Gary is the son of comedian and actor Jerry and singer Patti Lewis. His group Gary Lewis and the Playboys had a string of  Top Ten hits in the sixties including a few he performed last night:
"Save Your Heart For Me"
"Everybody Loves a Clown"
"This Diamond Ring" (which he proudly told the crowd "kicked" the Beatles out of the #1 spot in February 1965)
and "She's Just My Style" which he co-wrote with Leon Russell.

Next up was Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders
He announced it was the 50th anniversary of "Louie, Louie" a song written by Richard Berry in 1955 and was made into a Rock and roll Hit by The Kingsman in 1963. He treated the crowd to a "special" version of the song. He had the crowd singing along to his hits: "Arizona", "Good Thing", "Indian Reservation" (which was the biggest selling single for CBS records until being bumped by Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean")

The first set closed with Gary Puckett of the Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.
His hits performed tonight included: 1968 Hits "Lady Willpower",  "Over You",  1969 hits "Don't Give In to Him", "This Girl is a Woman Now", and the 1967 hit "Woman, Woman". He closed with a salute to all the veterans in the audience and asked them to visit his website and to click on the veterans link, and sang a powerful version of his 1968 hit "Young Girl."

After a brief intermission, the voice of Three Dog Night, Chuck Negron walked out onto the stage dressed in white (check out his shoes!) 
He sang a few of the Three Dog Night hits: 1973's "Shambala" and 1970 hits "Celebrate", "Mama Told Me Not to Come". He introduced the band's 1969 hit "Eli's Coming" by saying that there is "documentation that I was there, although I have no recollection of being there." Next up was the 1969 hit "One", which was, according to Negron a million selling single for the band. He closed with the 1971 Record of the Year "Joy to the World", which he prefaced by saying when in the studio Corey and Danny (Corey Wells and Danny Hutton) had concerns that Negron was writing about frogs. Negron joked that Wells said don't forget the fishes! The audience joined for a few verses of the song.

Flo and Eddie came out dancing to "Gagnam Style" then asked the audience, "What have they done to music?" Their hit "Some Girls" followed, the crowd seemed to enjoy this music much better.
Next up, the title cut to their 1968 album, "You, Baby." Next they had the audience yelling NO, NO, NO to the chorus of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe", which was also the title to their first studio album released in 1965 on White Whale Records. The sang their #1 hit, written by Jim McGuinn and Gene Clark (The Byrds) "You Showed Me." They sang their Beatles' parody song "Elenore" and closed with "Happy Together."

They brought the guys back on stage for brief reprises of their hits and sent the audience home with visions of suede fringe and spinning flowers on their minds.

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Happy Together Tour 2013
A Kirschner Concerts Production
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon June 18, 2013
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