Flo & Eddie

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Flo & Eddie
Flo & Eddie 2008.jpg
L to R: Mark Volman ("Flo") & Howard Kaylan ("Eddie") in a 2008 tour
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
United States
Genres Rock and roll
Years active 1965-present
Labels Reprise, Warner Bros., Columbia
Associated acts The Turtles, The Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa, Checkpoint Charlie
Website www.theturtles.com
Members Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan

Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman, Flo aka Phlorescent Leech, and Howard Kaylan, Eddie) are a comedic musical duo.

The two were the original founding members of the Top 40 rock group The Turtles. After the Turtles dissolved, Volman and Kaylan first joined The Mothers of Invention as Phlorescent Leech & Eddie. Due to contractual restrictions made early in their career, Mark and Howard were prevented from using the name The Turtles, as well as their own names in a musical context.[1] The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie were originally nicknames of two of the Mothers of Invention road crew that the pair appropriated.[citation needed]

Post-Mothers[edit]

When bandleader Frank Zappa was injured during a concert in London in 1971, Kaylan and Volman found themselves at an impasse, as the Mothers of Invention were out of action for a time. They responded to these events by recording The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie on Reprise Records with most of the other members of the Mothers of Invention.[2] Although it failed to chart, they continued releasing albums, including the more successful Flo & Eddie, Illegal, Immoral and Fattening, Moving Targets, and Rock Steady with Flo & Eddie.

During the 1970s, Kaylan and Volman continued to do session work, lending their trademark harmonies to T.Rex, John Lennon, Roger McGuinn, Hoyt Axton, Ray Manzarek, Stephen Stills, Keith Moon, David Cassidy, Alice Cooper, Tonio K, Blondie, Bruce Springsteen, The Knack, The Psychedelic Furs, Sammy Hagar, Livingston Taylor, Burton Cummings, Paul Kantner, Duran Duran, the Ramones and others.[citation needed]. They were the house band for the Canadian TV talk show 90 Minutes Live with Peter Gzowski.

In 1982, they released a four-song EP on Rhino Records (RNEP 603) under the name Checkpoint Charlie. The record is a dark but whimsical take on late 70s / early 80s German synth techno new wave music, such as D.A.F. and Kraftwerk.

In 1984, as The Turtles ...featuring Flo & Eddie, (together with three other groups from the 1960s: Gary Puckett, Spanky and Our Gang, and The Association), they traveled across the US and Canada as "The Happy Together Tour". The following year they got together with The Buckinghams, Gary Lewis and The Grass Roots, for a 1985 version. For the eight months the tour was on the road, it was consistently one of the top 10 grossing tours in the country. During the summers of 2010 and 2011, Flo & Eddie had heavy touring schedules throughout the U.S. both as part of the Happy Together: 25th Anniversary Tour, along with The Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay, The Buckinghams, and Monkees member Micky Dolenz (2010 only).[3]

They also created the music for the films Down and Dirty Duck and The Adventures of the American Rabbit.

The comic strip Non Sequitur has two characters named Flo and Eddie. Flo is a waitress of a greasy diner, and Eddie her main customer, who usually tells her and her family outlandish stories.

Discography[edit]

With Frank Zappa:

Flo & Eddie:

Under Other Names:

  • Checkpoint Charlie EP (Rhino, RNEP 603) (1982)

Backing Vocals:

Producers:

Filmography[edit]

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