About the song
Happy Together is one of the most iconic songs of the 1960s, and a timeless anthem of love and harmony. The song was written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, two young songwriters who were part of a group called The Magicians. They originally offered the song to The Righteous Brothers, but they turned it down. The song then found its way to The Turtles, a folk-rock band from Los Angeles, who were looking for a hit after their previous single, She’d Rather Be with Me, had reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Turtles recorded Happy Together in January 1967, with the help of producer Joe Wissert and arranger Chip Douglas. They added a distinctive vocal harmony, a catchy chorus, and a memorable trumpet solo by Don Randi. The song was released in February 1967, and soon became a smash hit. It reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for three weeks, knocking off Penny Lane by The Beatles. It also topped the charts in Canada and South Africa, and reached the top 10 in many other countries.
Happy Together was not only a commercial success, but also a critical one. It received two Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary Song and Best Contemporary Group Performance. It has been praised as one of the best pop songs ever written, and has been covered by hundreds of artists, including Frank Sinatra, The Mamas and the Papas, The Nylons, and Weezer. It has also been featured in many movies, TV shows, commercials, and video games, such as Adaptation, The Simpsons, GoldenEye 007, and Taco Bell.
Happy Together is a song that celebrates the joy of being in love with someone who makes you feel complete. It expresses a simple but powerful message: “I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you for all my life”. It is a song that transcends time and genre, and resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds. It is a song that makes us happy together.