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TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: The Zombies - 1964
Reaganite Republican ^ | February 24, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 02/25/2011 1:20:51 PM PST by Reaganite Republican


The Zombies are an English rock band formed in 1961 and led by Rod Argent on piano and Colin Blunstone on vocals.

The schoolboy chums who came to be known as The Zombies got their start playing at a St. Alban's rugby club, but soon rose from unknown local act to score major US hits later in the decade, such as "She's Not There", "Tell Her No", and "Time of the Season". 

Their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle -comprising twelve songs by the group's principal songwriters, Argent and White- ranks #80 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the '500 Greatest Albums of All Time'.

The Zombies signed to Decca and recorded their first hit "She's Not There"- which was released in the Summer of 1964 and peaked at #12 in the UK. This minor-key, jazz-tinged number, distinguished by its musicianship and Blunstone's breathy vocal, was unlike anything heard in British rock at the time. 

It was first aired in the United States in early August 1964 on New York City rock station WINS by Stan Z. Burns, who debuted the song on his daily noontime "Hot Spot". The tune began to catch on in early fall and eventually climbed to #2 in the US.

Like many other British Invasion groups, The Zombies were sent to The States to tour in support of a new hit single. Among their most memorable early U.S. gigs were Murray the K's Christmas shows at the Brooklyn Fox Theatre, where the band played seven performances a day. Hugh Grundy later recalled also contributing to the sets by the Shangri-Las -not as a musician... but by revving a motorcycle brought backstage as a sound effect for their performance of "Leader of the Pack"- 

In January 1965 the band made their debut on live U.S. television, playing "She's Not There" to hysterical teen girls on NBC's Hullabaloo. "Tell Her No" became another big seller in the United States (in 1965), but failed to make the Top 40 in the band's native UK. 

The Zombies signed to CBS Records, for whom they recorded the album Odessey and Oracle. (The word odyssey was misspelled by cover designers.) 

Because the band's budget could not cover session musicians, they used a Mellotron, a device designed to imitate orchestral sections. By the time Odessey and Oracle was released in April 1968, the group had disbanded. The album sold poorly and was only given a U.S. release because musician Al Kooper, then signed to Columbia Records, convinced his label of the album's merits. An album track, "Time of the Season", written by Argent, was released as a single and eventually (1969) became a nationwide hit (#3). 

After The Zombies disbanded, Rod Argent formed a band called Argent, with Chris White as a non-performing songwriter. Colin Blunstone started a solo career after a brief period outside the music business... he also later worked with the Alan Parsons Project...

 The Zombies - She's Not There - 1964:


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1 posted on 02/25/2011 1:20:58 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

The first time I remember hearing this song is when Santana released their cover of it. I didn’t hear the original until at least a couple years later.


2 posted on 02/25/2011 1:27:11 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I saw The Who live at The Fabulous Forum in 1980 and Argent was playing keyboards. Baba O’Riley was spectacular live with his assist.


3 posted on 02/25/2011 1:27:59 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I don’t know exactly when the Zombies officially broke up but my buddy didn’t get the memo. He’d put on a few teen dances in our small Nebraska city and in ‘69 or ‘70 got a call from a promoter offering “The Zombies” for a cheap price. Except the contract came with a typo on it, no big deal he thought, it actually read “The Zombie”. Well, it was a big deal, because only one guy showed up - a guitarist who claimed to have played with the group and now called himself “The Zombie”. Fortunately Nebraska kids were entertainment-deprived and it all worked out. A good lesson in “the devil’s in the details” however!


4 posted on 02/25/2011 1:35:20 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Reaganite Republican

Argent, “Hold Your Head Up”, Yea baby!


5 posted on 02/25/2011 1:37:04 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: Reaganite Republican

I have a jukebox that plays 45’s. I only load songs from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s on it. I have both “She’s Not There” and “Time of The Season” on it. It’s perfect for the songs by artists who are one (or two) hit wonders like The Zombies.


6 posted on 02/25/2011 1:38:20 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: traderrob6

OOOooops, link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBnSWJHawQQ


7 posted on 02/25/2011 1:39:11 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: bigbob

Hang in there...someday you can book, ‘The Beach Boy’.


8 posted on 02/25/2011 1:57:17 PM PST by JPG (As WI goes, so goes the nation. Thank you, Gov Walker.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Thanks for posting these. It helps me come up for air.


9 posted on 02/25/2011 2:01:25 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (The great American prostate exam continues.)
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To: traderrob6

One of my fave songs!


10 posted on 02/25/2011 2:01:28 PM PST by Maverick68
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To: Reaganite Republican

I have a few Argent Lps and even a solo Colin Blunstone Lp around here somewhere.

I always liked “God gave Rock and Roll”


11 posted on 02/25/2011 2:08:00 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Reaganite Republican
God Gave Rock And Roll To You.
12 posted on 02/25/2011 2:10:12 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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Ooops!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsG5V-o6uxY


13 posted on 02/25/2011 2:12:24 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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Groovy Shirt!


14 posted on 02/25/2011 2:14:57 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Reaganite Republican
I remember when "Time of the Season" started playing on WLS "in Chicago" regularly. It's still one of my all time favorites.
15 posted on 02/25/2011 2:16:50 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: InvisibleChurch

My pleasure, Invisible


16 posted on 02/25/2011 2:19:48 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican
Argent~ It's Only Money Pt 2
17 posted on 02/25/2011 2:24:37 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Dixie Yooper

How I miss those Mr. Norm commercials on WLS.


18 posted on 02/25/2011 2:25:45 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
In the UP, we could only pick up WLS at night when they increased their power. I don't remember the disc jockeys from the 60’s, but I do remember Larry Lujack(”talent on loan from God”) and Little Tommy.
19 posted on 02/25/2011 2:56:31 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Reaganite Republican
I think Chris White and the Zombies did I Love You which was later a hit by a group called People.
20 posted on 02/25/2011 3:37:00 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Dixie Yooper

I listened into the night while studying at U of Iowa in Iowa City. Joel Sebastian and Gary Gears (I think that was his name) could do impossible things while reading a live spot over a recorded jingle.

In the early 1980s, Illinois was part of my sales territory and I liked to make my first call and be back in the car in time for Lujack’s “Animal Stories.”

Those were the days.


21 posted on 02/25/2011 4:19:57 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Animal Stories! What a blast from the past! There were times I laughed so hard I had to pull off the road!

Remember “sharks usually only bite off dangling appendages, such as an arm or a leg...”?


22 posted on 02/25/2011 4:51:22 PM PST by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Animal Stories... Larry: Ok Tommy, there's two things that smell like a fish, and one them’s not a fish...what is it? Tommy: Gee Larry, now you've got me all confused...
23 posted on 02/25/2011 5:42:34 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: mozarky2

Yeowww !


24 posted on 02/26/2011 6:13:45 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

To which Lujack replied, “Well, if a shark ever bites off one of MY dangling appendages, I hope like Hell it’s an arm or a leg”!


25 posted on 02/26/2011 11:42:47 AM PST by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: mozarky2

Lil’ snot-nosed Tommy; always the straight man.


26 posted on 02/26/2011 2:35:53 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: mylife

I spend a lot of time in Europe, and the oldies stations still have Argent in heavy rotation today... exp. “God Gave..”


27 posted on 02/27/2011 7:58:46 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: bigbob
Well, it was a big deal, because only one guy showed up - a guitarist who claimed to have played with the group and now called himself “The Zombie”.

Was it Rob Zombie?

28 posted on 02/27/2011 8:05:43 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: mylife

Colin sang one two of my favorite Alan Parsons Project songs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE1PmD9uBOU - The Eagle Will Rise Again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8PEEvODG7c - Old and Wise


29 posted on 02/27/2011 8:08:58 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

The old fogey LoL


30 posted on 02/27/2011 8:20:18 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Great album!

31 posted on 02/27/2011 8:32:10 AM PST by Fresh Wind (TOTUS knows how to give a speech. Obama knows how to read.)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9az6MMNZJl8&playnext=1&list=PL2158CCA58D7E33A5


32 posted on 02/27/2011 8:36:48 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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