Alan Lee Gordon (April 22, 1944 – November 22, 2008[1]) was an American songwriter best known for songs recorded by the Turtles, Petula Clark, and Barbra Streisand. Many of his songs were co-written with Gary Bonner, including the Turtles' "Happy Together" and Three Dog Night's "Celebrate".

He worked with various popular musicians, including Blues Magoos, Alice Cooper, the Archies, the O'Jays, Lynn Anderson, Flo & Eddie, Frank Zappa, Helen Reddy, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Tammy Wynette, the Lovin' Spoonful, Bobby Darin, and Freddy Fender.


Gordon was born in Natick, Massachusetts. In 1965, Gordon and Garry Bonner formed the Magicians, a group which would also include Allan "Jake" Jacobs and John Townley. They released a single in November 1965, "An Invitation to Cry". The single met with some success, but their popularity remained primarily in the New York and New England area.[2]

He co-wrote, with Bonner, "Happy Together", originally recorded by the Turtles. The Turtles version followed The Beatles' "Penny Lane" into the #1 slot for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967. It was named one of the Top 50 songs of the 20th Century by BMI; having generated over 5 million performances on American radio by 1999, placing it in the same league as the Beatles' "Yesterday" and "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel.

Songs from Alan Gordon's catalogue have been featured in film, television, commercials and video games. Some of the films that featured Gordon penned songs include The Naked Gun, Muriel's Wedding, Shrek, The Simpsons Movie, 27 Dresses, and Freaky Friday. Television programs include The Simpsons, That '70s Show, ER, Scrubs, The Wonder Years, and American Idol.

Gordon died at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 22, 2008 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 64 years old.



  1. ^ "Songwriter Alan Gordon dies". Variety. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-12-22.
  2. ^ "The Alan Gordon Music Library - The MusicAlley part 2". Retrieved 2016-06-27.