The Turtles performing “Elenore”, released originally in 1968.
It reached #1 in New Zealand, #3 in Australia, #7 on the UK Singles Chart, #5 on the US Cash Box Top 100, and #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
“Elenore” was created as a parody of The Turtles’ previous hit, “Happy Together,” in response to their record label, White Whale, pressuring them for another similar hit. The band intentionally crafted “Elenore” with clichéd lyrics and changed chords as an “anti-love letter” to their record label. However, the record company failed to see the joke and released the song, which became a hit due to its catchy sound and upbeat production.
The Turtles, known for their unique blend of pop and rock, often performed songs composed by other writers. However, “Elenore” was written by the entire band, consisting of Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, Al Nichols, Jim Pons, and John Barbata.
Despite its satirical origins, “Elenore” showcases The Turtles’ talent and the power of a catchy melody and upbeat production, making it a memorable song in their discography.
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