Co-wrote Turtles’ ‘Happy Together’

Times Staff and Wire Reports

Alan Gordon, 64, a songwriter who with his writing partner Garry Bonner penned the Turtles’ No. 1 hit “Happy Together” and other catchy pop songs in the 1960s, died of cancer Nov. 22 at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Besides “Happy Together,” which topped the charts in March 1967, the songwriting duo also wrote “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “You Know What I Mean” and “She’s My Girl” for the Turtles, as well as “Celebrate” for Three Dog Night.

On his own, Gordon wrote “My Heart Belongs to Me” for Barbra Streisand, who recorded it for her 1977 album “Streisand Superman.”

Born April 22, 1944, in Natick, Mass., Gordon was a member of a New York band called the Magicians in the mid-1960s. He and fellow bandmate Bonner began writing songs together.


“Happy Together” was the high point for Gordon.

“It’s been such a gift from God. It’s hard to put into words what that song means to me,” he told the Washington Post in 2004. “I know I wrote it, but it’s taken on . . . it’s hard to explain. You’re driving down the highway and you hear your song coming out of someone’s car. The angels heard me praying the day I wrote ‘Happy Together.’ ”