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Howard Kaylan
Background information
Birth name Howard Kaplan
Born 22 June 1947
Origin USA
Occupation Musician
Associated acts Duran Duran
Andy Taylor
The Turtles
Frank Zappa

Howard Kaylan (born Howard Kaplan; 22 June 1947) is an American rock and roll musician, best known as a founding member and lead singer of the 1960s band, 'The Turtles', and "Eddie" of 1970's rock band Flo & Eddie. Howard performed on Duran Duran's Thank You album and on Andy Taylor's first solo album Thunder.


Kaylan was born in New York City and grew up in Westchester, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. He studied choral music and clarinet, and won a Bank of America Fine Arts Award at the age of 16. He graduated early (as valedictorian) from Westchester High School, and briefly attended UCLA on a scholarship. The Turtles

Kaylan and Mark Volman founded The Turtles, a popular band of the late 1960s. At the end of 1970, Kaylan and Volman signed on as members of Frank Zappa's band, The Mothers of Invention. Five albums and the film, 200 Motels came from that partnership, as did the stage names Flo & Eddie. The duo were not allowed legal use of their own names until multiple Turtle lawsuits were settled.

In 1985, the old lawsuits were finally settled and the name, "The Turtles" reverted to Kaylan and his partner after fifteen years in litigation, as well as all of the master recordings they made. Thanks to Burger King, the NFL, Sony Playstation, and countless other television advertisements and motion pictures, the Turtles' catalog remains a staple for licensing and reproduction in the twenty-first century. Flo & Eddie.

Flo & Eddie released nine albums on Warner Bros. Records and Columbia Records in music; in film they provided music and voices for animated films like Down and Dirty Duck; and they appeared in radio broadcasting.

In the 1980s, "Rock Steady With Flo and Eddie" was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, and the partners began writing comedy and script with Chris Bearde, Larry Gelbart and Carl Gotleib. Simultaneously, they began writing regularly featured columns for Creem, Phonograph Record Magazine and the L.A. Free Press.

They also produced many albums for other bands and artists, as well as singing backing vocals on over 100 albums. Flo and Eddie can be heard singing with John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Ramones, Blondie, Duran Duran, The Psychedelic Furs, T.Rex, Alice Cooper and many more.

In 2006, Kaylan released his first solo album, Dust Bunnies.

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