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Mark “Flo” Volman is a founding member, vocalist, and manager of the musical group “The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie.” The Turtles have sold over 40 million records world-wide and their hit songs (Happy Together, She’d Rather Be With Me, Elenore and You Showed Me) are only a few of the 10 top ten records they’ve had. In the ‘70s, Mark and his longtime musical partner Howard Kaylan joined up with Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention where he made 10 albums and wrote and starred in the United Artist’s feature film, “200 Motels.” Mark has also sung on hit records with such notable artists as John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, T.Rex, Todd Rundgren, Blondie, The Ramones, Duran Duran, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and many more. He has written songs for children’s television shows, such as the Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake and received a Grammy nomination for these works. Mark has survived in the music business as an on-air radio personality, in radio syndication, record producer and writer for national music magazines and network television. “The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie” continue to be one of America’s most successful touring groups, performing 60 to 100 concerts around the world every year.
In the summer of 1992, Mark began college, securing a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University in 1997, graduating Magna cum Laude and Valedictorian speaker. In May of 1999 he then graduated with his Masters Degree in Fine Arts in Screenwriting. He has been honored with acceptance into Alpha Sigma Nu (the Jesuit Honor Society equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa), received several Presidential Citations’ for special achievement and service and was on the National Dean’s list for four and a half years. He then went on to teach Music Business courses at Loyola Marymount and Los Angeles Valley College, as well as conduct seminars for the music departments at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Indiana at Bloomington, Cal State Pomona, Mt. San Antonio College, High Schools, Jr. High Schools, and many others.
At present, Mark is the Chair of the Entertainment Industry Studies Department in the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has received his most prized recognition as student voted “Outstanding Professor” several years in a row. He is an active member of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) and MEIEA (Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association). In 2011, Mark co-wrote the music business textbook Off The Record: Your Ultimate Resource for Success in the Music Business.
For all biographical details, Mark said the following. “I’m too busy doing it to remember it.”