Grim Reaper Of Love

Album: It Ain't Me Babe (CD re-issue only) (1966)
Charted: 81
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  • After their previous three singles all hit the Top 30 of the pop charts, The Turtles appeared to be a roll. However this song was to be the first of several flops until "Happy Together" put them back on track.
  • Vocalist Howard Kaylan told Mojo magazine October 2009 the story behind this song: "After 'You Baby' had become our third national hit in a row, we were feeling pretty cocky as a band. The Beatles were doing drugs and experimenting with Indian instruments - we could too. So we did. Al Nichol and Chuck Portz put together this 5/4 jazz raga with ridiculous lyrics and, as a band, we fought for its release. But of course the record was just too weird to be a mainstream hit. In fact, I'm still shocked that it did as well as it did. It broke our cycle of Top 30 hits, and we didn't rebound until 'Happy Together' a year later."
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