Grapefruit

Grapefruit was an English pop-psych band that released the 1968–69 albums Around Grapefruit and Deep Water. Singer Alexander Young resurrected the name for the 1971 Deram single “Sha-Sha.”

Members: George Alexander [aka Alex Young] (bass, vocals), John Perry (guitar, vocals), Peter Swettenham (guitar), Geoff Swettenham (drums), Mick Fowler (piano, organ, guitar), Bob Wale (vocals, lead guitar, harmonica)


Background

Grapefruit appeared in late 1967 when Scottish singer-bassist Alexander Young teamed with guitarist-singer John Perry, guitarist Peter Swettenham, and drummer Geoff Swettenham.

Young (b. December 28, 1938; Glasgow) moved to London after the 1963 exodus of his family — including younger brothers George, Angus, and Malcolm Young — to Australia, where George soon founded The Easybeats and Angus and Malcolm later formed AC/DC. Perry and the Swettenham brothers hailed London beatsters The Castaways, the recent backing band of crooner Tony Rivers.

Music manager Terry Doran signed the new band to Apple Publishing, the publishing arm of the The Beatles‘ soon-to-be established Apple Corp. John Lennon named the band after Grapefruit, a 1964 artist’s book by future wife Yoko Ono.


Around Grapefruit

Grapefruit released their debut album, Around Grapefruit, in 1968 on Stateside.


Deep Water

Grapefruit released their second album, Deep Water, in 1969 on RCA Victor.


Discography:

  • Around Grapefruit (1968)
  • Deep Water (1969)
  • “Sha-Sha” / “Universal Party” (1971)

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