The Zombies

March 15, 2008 at 1:10 pm 1 comment

The British invasion of the early 1960’s saw an incredible number of English musical artists attain considerable popularity in the United States. The list is huge – the following British artists all had a song make it to number one between 1964 and 1966: The Beatles, The Animals, Peter and Gordon, Cilla Black, The Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Donovan, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Freddie and the Dreamers, Herman’s Hermits, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The New Vaudeville Band, The Rolling Stones, The Troggs, The Who, and The Yardbirds.

There were also an even larger number who didn’t quite make it to number one, but still enjoyed great success, like Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Searchers, Georgie Fame, the Hollies, Freddie &the Dreamers, Dusty Springfield, Marianne Faithful, Chad &Jeremy and the Tremeloes.

Included in the latter group are the Zombies. Led by Rod Argent on piano and Colin Blunstone on vocals, the band scored US hits in the mid- and late-1960s with “She’s Not There”, “Tell Her No,” and “Time of the Season.” Like the Yardbirds, the Zombies material was more progressive and sophisticated than many of their peers. The Zombies songs were characterized by interesting rhythmic interplay and jazzy harmonies.

Their first hit from 1964, “She’s Not There” is a good illustration of these features – note the really hip introductory rhythmic interplay between bass, drums and piano as well as the electric piano solo which begins around 1:39:

I have arranged their second hit, “Tell Her No”, using the same basic approach that I have for all of my vintage instrumentals. It is a simple guitar, bass and drums arrangement that tries to preserve the flavor of the original version while adding some interest in the form of subsitutions and guitar tone.

Tell Her No



Entry filed under: Guitar, Music, Oldies, Vintage Instrumentals.

Feverish The Zombies – addendum

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Ronn Waters  |  April 10, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Very fun! Do you have tabs or a chart available for this?


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