Mark Volman

Mark Volman (born April 19, 1947 in Los Angeles, California) is an American rock and roll singer, best known as a founding member of the 1960s band The Turtles. At times during his career he has used the pseudonym "The Phlorescent Leech" ("Flo" for short).


Volman grew up in Westchester, a suburb of Los Angeles, California, where he graduated from Westchester High School in 1965. Over 25 years later in 1992 at age 45 he started his bachelor's degree at Loyola Marymount University. Volman graduated with a bachelor's of arts in 1997 Magna cum Laude and was the class Valedictorian speaker. During the speech he lead the graduates in a chorus of Happy Together. CBS Evening News covered Volman's graduation and even interviewed his parents who were perplexed at their son's academic accomplishments. Volman went on to earn a Master's degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Screenwriting in 1999 also from Loyola. Volman has taught Music Business & Industry courses in the Communications and Fine Arts department at Loyola. He has also taught courses at Los Angeles Valley College in the Commercial Music Program. He is current an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Entertainment Industry Studies Program at Belmont University in the Curb School of Entertainment and Music Business and conducts seminars about the music industry for various academic institutions from junior high school to university level. In addition, he offers consulting on music business and entertainment through the website Ask Professor Flo.


Volman and Howard Kaylan founded The Turtles, a popular band of the late 1960s. After that band folded, they discovered that the terms of their contract forbade them to use not only the name The Turtles, but also their own names. They were recruited by Frank Zappa; and they also worked together as Flo & Eddie, in music, in film (they provided music and voices for animated films like Down and Dirty Duck), and in radio broadcasting. As of 2005, they still tour on over 60 concerts a year as "The Turtles ... Featuring Flo & Eddie".

Volman runs his businesses with his wife, Emily Volman. They were college sweethearts. They are also active members of Harpeth Presbyterian Church in Brentwood, where they are Youth Advisors.


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