Howard Kaylan -- Lead Singer of the Turtles, Mothers of Invention, Flo and Eddie -- Releases First Solo Album

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Recorded in Billy Bob Thornton's studio in Beverly Hills, and featuring the Oscar winner on guest vocals, "Dust Bunnies" is an album of little-known gems from the sixties and beyond sung by one of the quintisential rock voices, Howard Kaylan.

Dust Bunnies is the first solo album to come from Howard Kaylan, the lead singer of the Turtles, Flo and Eddie and Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. The songs were hand-picked by Kaylan from years of seldom-heard B-sides and album cuts recorded by many of his favorite artists and supplemented by new arrangements of more familiar pieces and a rock original or two. Recorded last year in Billy Bob Thornton’s home studio in Beverly Hills, Dust Bunnies features Mr. Thornton on its finale cut, “Music.” As the Turtles continue to tour America and the world, Dust Bunnies is the only NEW project to be untaken by a member of that now-legendary band. And Kaylan’s vocals, famous for Happy Together as well as projects with Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones, John Lennon and many more can be heard, once again, singing pop-rock the way that it was meant to be.

A Brief Biography

Howard Kaylan was born in New York City on June 22, 1947 and moved with his parents to Los Angeles before his tenth birthday. It was at Westchester High School where he met the members of the band soon to be named The Turtles. Their first hit, Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” climbed into the national top ten six months after Howard graduated from Westchester High and the trip has never stopped. Many more hits followed, “You Baby”, “Happy Together”, She’d Rather Be With Me”, “You Showed Me” and “Elenore,” which Howard wrote, were among the band’s chart topping successes.

In 1970, the Turtles became the first rock band to ever do a command performance at the White House.

Later that year, the Turtles broke up and Howard, along with partner Mark Volman, joined Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention where he starred in Zappa’s film “200 Motels” and sang lead on “Live at the Fillmore East”, “Just Another Band From L.A.” and others. In 1970, Kaylan and his partner began to assert themselves as background singers on hit records and albums by T. Rex, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Duran Duran, Alice Cooper, Blondie and many more. Flo and Eddie, Mark and Howard’s alter egos released five albums before the duo went into writing all the music for the animated series “Strawberry Shortcake” and “The Care Bears.”

Then the duo tackled radio appearing daily on NYC’s K-Rock Radio following Howard Stern’s show. Kaylan has also acted in the films “Get Crazy”, “Stephen King’s Riding The Bullet”, and last year, wrote the full-length motion picture “My Dinner With Jimi”, a huge festival favorite that will be released in theaters in 2006 from Rhino Films.

Dust Bunnies is his first solo album.


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