from Westchester, Los Angeles, California, who graduated from high school
the same year his band, The Turtles, charted with their first top-five hit,
a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t
Me Babe”. The success of
the single catapulted them into the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars, which
included Ronnie Dove, Bryan Hyland, Tom Jones, Peter and Gordon, Billy Joe
Royal, and The Shirelles. The Turtles chalked up a few more
hits, “Can I Get to Know You Better”, “Grim Reaper of
Love” and “Outside Chance”, before topping the charts
with “Happy Together”.
Other hits followed:
Rather Be with Me”, and “You Showed Me”.
The band broke
up in 1970 and Mark and fellow Turtle Howard Kaylan
joined the ranks of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Forbidden to use their own names
because of an ugly lawsuit with their record company, the pair billed
themselves as The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie, or
Flo and Eddie, for short. They
made several albums with the Mothers and one film, 200 Motels.
In 1971, Flo
and Eddie struck out on their own, releasing albums and singing background
vocals for other artists. They
also voiced over cartoons, like 1974’s Down and Dirty Duck.
Eventually their lawsuit was settled and they were able to go back
on the road as The Turtles… featuring Flo and Eddie. Frank Zappa asked them to rejoin his
band in 1987, but it was a brief reunion, resulting in only a handful of
In 1992, Mark
decided to go to college. He
enrolled at Loyola Marymount University and received a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Communication and Fine Arts in 1997. It did not take long for him to put
his education to work. He
started up his own record label the same year.
He went on to
pursue his Masters degree at Loyola and taught there from 1997 through
2004. From there, he went on to
teach at Belmont University and Los Angeles Valley College. He has since gone on to pursue his
Mark has his
own website, Ask Professor Flo. A link is listed below.
Bruce Springsteen recordings
Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen)