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St Albans, England (1961 – 1968)

The Zombies was an English pop rock/psychedelic rock band

The band started in 1961 in St Albans, England and gained its initial reputation playing the Old Verulamians Rugby Club in that town. It was formed whilst the members were at school; Rod Argent, Paul Atkinson and Hugh Grundy attended St Albans School, and Colin Blunstone, and Chris White attended St Albans Boys’ Grammar School.

The Zombies signed to Decca and recorded their first hit, “She’s Not There” after winning a beat-group competition sponsored by the London Evening News. “She’s Not There” was released in mid-1964 and peaked at number twelve in the U.K., where it would be their only top-forty hit. 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” segment during which new songs were played. The tune began to catch on in early Autumn and eventually climbed to number two.

In early 1965, “Tell Her No” became another big seller in the United States but had failed to make the Top 40 in the band’s native U.K Subsequent recordings such as “I Love You” (which became a hit for People! in 1968), “Indication”, “Whenever You’re Ready”, and “Is This the Dream” failed to achieve the success of the previous two singles.

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