Assistant Professor Mark Volman, member of The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie and the coordinator of the entertainment industry studies program, performed in an “Evening with Gavin Friday and Friends” Oct. 4 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The event featured U2 and many others, including Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen, JG Thirlwell, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Chloe Webb.
The event was part of the (RED) NIGHTS concert series sponsored by the (RED) organization, with portions of the proceeds from the concerts going to help buy and distribute AIDS medication to people living with HIV. (RED) was created by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2002 with the mission to help eliminate AIDS in Africa.
The Turtle’s hit song, “Happy Together” was recorded in 1967 and helped launch Volman’s career as an American pop, psychedelic and folk/rock band member. Characterized by a good-natured sound, the Turtles claimed 10 top ten singles during the sixties, including “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “ You Showed Me”, “She’s My Girl,” “You Baby,” “It Ain’t Me Babe”, “Elenore,” and of course, “Happy Together,” which has been featured in movies, television shows, commercials, and been inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Fame.