Songwriter Alan Gordon, who co-wrote the Turtles’ hit song “Happy Together,” died of cancer Nov. 22 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 64.
Gordon also wrote chart-toppers “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “You Know What I Mean,” “She’s My Girl” and “Three Dog Night’s “Celebrate” with long time writing partner Garry Bonner, and “My Heart Belongs To Me” for Barbara Streisand on his own.
His songs have been recorded by artists including Bobby Darin, Alice Cooper, The Righteous Brothers, Petula Clark, Helen Reddy, Judy Collins, Captain and Tennille, Mel Torme, Simple Plan and Frank Zappa.
The 1967 song “Happy Together” made the no. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks, and was named one of the Top 50 songs of the 20th Century by BMI, having generated over five million performances on American radio by 1999.
Born in Natick, Mass., Gordon played with the New York band the Magicians in the mid-1960s. He and fellow bandmate Bonner began writing songs together.
Films including “The Naked Gun,” “Shrek,” “27 Dresses” and “Freaky Friday” and TV shows such as “The Simpsons,” “That 70s Show,” “ER” and “The Wonder Years” have used his songs.
He is survived by his wife, Annette, a son and a grandson.