Grim Reaper of Love

"Grim Reaper of Love"

Cover of the 1966 US single
Single by The Turtles
B-side "Come Back"
Released May 1966 (1966-05)
Format 7"
Length 2:18
Label White Whale
  • Chuck Portz
  • Al Nichol
Producer(s) Bones Howe
The Turtles singles chronology
"You Baby"
"Grim Reaper of Love"
"Outside Chance"

"Grim Reaper of Love" is a single by the American rock band The Turtles, released in May 1966.[1] It was written by Turtles members Chuck Portz and Al Nichol, and includes sections in quintuple meter (3-2 on the opening verse).[2] It is an early example of psychedelic raga rock, using a Vinnie Bell electric sitar.[3]


  1. Liner notes for the CD "Save the Turtles: The Turtles Greatest Hits", Flo and Eddie Inc. (Manifesto Records), 2009.
  2. Everett, Walter. 2008. The Foundations of Rock : From "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (p 308). Oxford University Press.
  3. Michael Uslan; Dick Clark; Bruce Solomon (1981). Dick Clark's the First 25 Years of Rock & Roll. Dell Publishing Company. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-440-51763-4. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
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