Eleanore – The Turtles | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#6); 1968

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

After the massive success of Happy Together, White Whale Records wanted more of the same, and the Turtles dutifully delivered. By the end of 1967, the boys had racked up three more pop ditties: She’d Rather Be With Me (#3), You Know What I Mean (#12), and She’s My Girl (#14). Four hits in twelve months: a great track record by any standard. When 1968 got off to a relatively slow start – Sound Asleep and The Story Of Rock And Roll failed to crack the Top 40 – the suits began clamoring for another Happy Together. Being the subversive types, leaders Flo and Eddie chose a song they felt would thrill the execs, but was too generic for the fans. The cliché-ridden Eleanor with its oh-so-bored coda of “You’re my pride and joy, etcetera” seemed to fit the bill. To their surprise (and probably dismay) Eleanor sailed into the Top 10 in its sixth week on the Hot 100; guaranteeing that Flo and Eddie would be playing Eleanor forever.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Chip Douglas

Lyrics Written by:

  • Howard Kaylan
  • Mark Volman
  • Al Nichol
  • Jim Pons
  • John Barbata