The Zombies are a highly acclaimed and veteran English rock band with a sophisticated, jazz-influenced sound that became famous during the mid and late 1960s as one of the top acts of the British Invasion. Their best known songs include the dark and brooding "She's Not There" (1964), the imploring "Tell Her No" (1965), and the soaring "Time Of The Season" (1969).
Formed in 1962 in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England and first known as The Mustangs, the original lineup consisted of Rod Argent (keyboards), Paul Arnold (bass), Colin Blunstone (lead vocals), Hugh Grundy (drums), and guitarist Paul Atkinson (March 19, 1946 - April 1, 2004). Arnold soon after left the band and was replaced by bassist Chris White. Along with Argent, White served as one of the main songwriters for The Zombies, and both band members also provided lead vocals on occasion. The Zombies had their first major career breakthrough when they won a local contest for which they were awarded the prize of getting to record a demo for consideration by various major record labels. Their demo of the Argent-penned "She's Not There" soon after led to a contract with Decca Records, and this song went on to become the band's first hit in both the U.K. and U.S.
The Zombies debuted on the U.S. Pop/Rock charts in late 1964 with "She's Not There," a Top 5 hit and million-seller followed in early 1965 by another smash, "Tell Her No." The band's hits through its breakup in late 1967 also include "She's Coming Home" (1965), "I Want You Back Again" (1965), and "Just Out Of Reach" (1965). The Zombies' biggest hit, "Time Of The Season," came in early 1969 some 1-2 years after they disbanded. This era-defining psychedelic pop classic is included on the band's critically acclaimed second album, "Odessey And Oracle" (1968), which is ranked at #100 in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Following The Zombies' split, Rod Argent went on to form Argent in 1969 and with Chris White, co-wrote the band's 1972 smash, "Hold Your Head Up." The Zombies reunited a number of times over the years, reforming on a more permanent basis in 2004, and have continued to perform and record to the present day. The current lineup includes two original members - Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone - and newer members Soren Koch (bass, backing vocals), Steve Rodford (drums, percussion), and Tom Toomey (guitars, backing vocals). Chris White has also taken part in several recent tours with other surviving original and early members to perform the band's "Odessey And Oracle" in its entirety. The Zombies numerous honors and accolades include being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
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- The Los Angeles Times remembers original Zombies guitarist Paul Atkinson.
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- She's Not There 1964
(This song later also became a hit for Santana (1977).)
- Tell Her No 1965
(This song later also became a hit for Juice Newton (1983).)
- Time Of The Season 1969
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