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Mark Volman of the Turtles Declared Cancer-Free

Rick Diamond, Getty Images
Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Mark Volman, the frizzy-haired co-frontman of the Turtles and the “Flo” half of Flo & Eddie, has been given a clean bill of health after undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

The news was broken on Twitter by the band’s other frontman, Howard Kaylan, who wrote, “Thanks for all of your positive thoughts. Here to tell the world, Mark (Flo) Volman is Cancer Free!! #turtlesRback”

Back in September, Volman disclosed his health problems on a since-deleted Facebook post that read, “I’ve been meaning to tell you what I’ve been doing on Fridays. In the middle of the summer tour, I was diagnosed with throat cancer. I’ve started chemo and radiation and will be done by the end of October. If everything goes accordingly to the doctor’s treatment, then we’ll see each other again someday.”

After scoring nine Top 20 hits in the ’60s, including “Happy Together,” “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore” and “You Showed Me,” the Turtles broke up. But their contract with White Whale Records prevented Volman and Kaylan from using not only the band’s name, but their own. The duo joined Frank Zappa‘s Mothers of Invention and rebranded themselves as “Phlorescent Leech & Eddie,” which was shortened to “Flo & Eddie.” They were with Zappa for Chunga’s Revenge and the soundtrack to 200 Motels and released a handful of Flo & Eddie albums between 1972 and 1981. They also found session work as background singers on Alice Cooper‘s Flush the Fashion and Bruce Springsteen‘s “Hungry Heart.”

In 1983 Volman and Kaylan won the legal right to the Turtles name, and have toured regularly ever since. This summer, they will embark on the “Happy Together” tour, which packages them with Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Cowsills, Spencer Davis and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders.

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