black and white press image of members of the band The Zombies

The Zombies

Eligible year:
1989
Number of nominations:
4
Nominated in:
2014, 2017, 2018, 2019
Category:
Performers
Members:
  • Rod Argent
  • Paul Atkinson
  • Colin Blunstone
  • Hugh Grundy
  • Chris White

Inventive, lush, and timeless. Psychedelic pop at its best.

Innovative arrangements, gorgeous choral harmonies, and impeccable musicianship made the Zombies one of the most admired and influential groups of the 1960s.

Biography

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The first wave of the British Invasion carried a startling variety of sounds and styles from old world to new, but not all of the bands presented successfully emerged during that heady halcyon era. The Zombies, with their intricate arrangements and sophisticated atmospherics, stood apart from the raw, blues-drenched disciples of American blues and R&B. Their band’s sound filled space gorgeously and completely with jazz-inflected electric piano and choirboy vocals, endearing themselves overnight to a sea of fans.  

The classic lineup of The Zombies fell back to school days at St. Alban’s: Keyboardist and singer Rod Argent met guitarist and vocalist Paul Atkinson and drummer Hugh Grundy as schoolmates. Bassist Chris White and lead singer Colin Blunstone joined shortly after.  

Their second and final album Odessey And Oracle has earned its reputation (and its spot inside the Top 100 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums Of All Time”) alongside such masterworks as the Beatles’ White Album and the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Rod Argent’s eponymous band gave majesty and definition to the ’70s, but the Zombies, which he and Colin Blunstone have been helming on records and tours for the past decade, are truly a rock band for all seasons.  

At the end of the day, it always comes back home to the triad of career defining hits by the band that beg the question: Where were you the first time you heard “She’s Not There” or “Tell Her No” or “Time Of the Season”? For many, those songs swept away fans, inspiring decades of allegiance or even the impulse to pick up and instrument and play.     

Selected discography: 


“She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” (1964) • “She’s Coming Home,” The Zombies (1965) • “Care Of Cell 44” (1967) • “Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914),” Odessey And Oracle (1968) • “Time Of The Season” (1969) • New World (1990) • As Far As I Can See… (2004) • Breathe Out, Breathe In (2011) • Live In The UK (2013) 

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Beginning October 9 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 9, 2018, fans can cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees. Fans will need to login to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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