The Zombies Biography
The Zombies, formed in 1961 in St. Albans, were an English pop-rock band.
Led by Rod Argent on piano and Colin Blunstone on vocals, the band scored hits in the mid-1960s with "She's Not There," "Tell Her No," and "Time of the Season." Although they never rose to the prominence of other British invasion bands, The Zombies are a favourite of music critics for their complex musical arrangements and vocal harmonies. Their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle is now considered one of the best of its time.
The group formed in 1961 in St Albans, England, and gained their initial reputation playing the Old Verulamians Rugby Club in that town. After winning a beat-group competition sponsored by the London Evening News, the Zombies signed to Decca and recorded their first hit, "She's Not There" (Argent's second song, written specifically for this session), which was released in mid-1964 and peaked at number 12 in the UK, where it would be their only Top 40 hit. The minor-key, jazz-tinged single was first played in the United States during the first week in August 1964 on New York City rock station WINS by Stan Z. Burns, who debuted the song on his daily noontime "Hot Spot" segment during which new songs were played. The tune began to catch on in early fall and eventually reached number two.
In 1965, "Tell Her No" became a huge seller in the United States, but had failed to make the Top 40 in the band's native United Kingdom. Although subsequent recordings such as "I Love You," "Indication," "Whenever You're Ready," and "Is This the Dream" were of uniformly high quality, none achieved the success of the previous two singles.
In 1967, the Zombies signed to CBS Records for one final LP, only the second of their career and the first one produced as a single unit. Their previous LP, Begin Here (1965), was a collection of early singles, half a dozen original songs combined with several R&B covers. The resulting album, Odessey and Oracle, was one of the very first to utilize a Mellotron keyboard, as the band's budget did not allow for the hiring of session musicians.