CLEARWATER — The Turtles, the signature headliners of the annual Happy Together Tour, are back on the road this summer with a parade of musical artists that delivered some of the biggest hits of the ’60s and ’70s.
The Happy Together Tour will take music fans on a sonic trip to the Summer of Love and beyond Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $39. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Joining The Turtles on this year’s escapade will be Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night; Gary Puckett & The Union Gap; The Buckinghams; The Classic IV; and The Cowsills.
Attendees may wish to arrive early to check out the Happy Together Tour Marketplace in the Grand Concourse at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Doors will open at 5 p.m.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Happy Together Tour. The Turtles continue to be the signature headliners of the event.
As always, founding member and singer Mark Volman will bring his infamous antics to the stage. Ron Dante, the voice of The Archies, will join Volman. Dante is standing in for fellow Turtles founder and singer Howard Kaylan who also sat out the 2018 tour due to medical reasons. Dante’s youthful sound is best known on hits such as “Sugar, Sugar” and “Jingle Jangle,” which makes him the perfect understudy for the The Turtles’ chart-toppers.
The Turtles have sold more than 40 million records worldwide. Their hits include “Happy Together,” “She’d Rather Be with Me,” “Elenore,” “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “You Showed Me” and many more.
Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, is back on the Happy Together Tour due to popular demand. He brings Three Dog Night’s biggest hits to the stage, including “Joy To The World,” “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Shambala,” “One” and “Easy to Be Hard,” among others.
The world was introduced to Negron and Three Dog Night by the breakthrough hit “One.”
The band’s success was driven by Negron’s solo lead vocals on seven Top 40 hits, five Top 5 and three No. 1 records – including “Joy to the World,” which topped the charts for six weeks. Negron put and kept Three Dog Night on the charts for six years. His soaring, soulful, four octave range and unique vocal styling became a part of the American landscape. His unmistakable voice exclaiming “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” on the multi-Grammy nominated and 1971 Record of the Year “Joy to the World” is today a part of Americana, securing a place for Negron as one of the great singers in rock and pop.
Gary Puckett & the Union Gap is thrilled to be on the Happy Together Tour again.
Puckett’s trademark voice will be belting out his hits one more time. Fans will affectionately remember “Young Girl,” “Over You,” “Woman, Woman,” “This Girl Is a Woman Now,” “Lady Willpower” and “Don’t Give in to Him.”
Gary Puckett & the Union Gap had six consecutive gold records and sold more records in 1968 than any other recording act. Puckett is one of the few artists whose first five releases went gold.
According to his website, Puckett lives in Clearwater.
The Cowsills have been dazzling crowds the last four years on the Happy Together Tour with their effervescent brand of contagious pop magic. Bob, Paul and Susan Cowsill are a family singing group and the original inspiration for the television show “The Partridge Family.” They are best known for songs such as “The Rain, the Park and Other Things,” “Hair,” “Indian Lake” and “Love American Style.” The Cowsills appeared on numerous TV shows including “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.”
Hailing from Chicago, The Buckinghams continue to tour with their signature pop music featuring founding members Carl Giammarese on lead vocals and Nick Fortuna on bass and vocals.
In 1967-68, the band released five Top 40 singles included “Kind of a Drag,” “Don’t You Care,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song” and “Susan.”
The band’s success in 1967 would lead them to be named "The Most Listened to Band in America" by Billboard Magazine.
In 2001, The Buckinghams were part of the successful Solid Gold ’60s tour, which featured Tommy James & The Shondells, The Turtles, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, and The Grass Roots. PBS featured The Buckinghams on “The Sixties Pop Rock Reunion” in 2004.
These days, the Buckinghams are still headlining festivals and playing arenas, theaters and casinos. The Buckinghams also continue to record new music and released three new CDs in 2007-08, including “Reaching Back,” “Standing Room Only” and “The Joy of Christmas.”
The Classics IV are known for hits like “Traces,” “Stormy,” “Spooky,” “Everyday with You Girl,” “24 Hours of Loneliness,” “Mamas and Papas,” “What Am I Crying For” and many more.
The Happy Together Tour actually began back in 1984 with mainstays The Turtles. The tour was rebooted in 2010 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. The overwhelming response and love for the music has endured and The Happy Together Tour 2019 – 10th anniversary brings that magic back to fans, night after night.