A. The Zombies are an English rock band formed in 1962 in St Albans and led by keyboardist and vocalist Rod Argent and vocalist Colin Blunstone.
The group scored British and American hits in 1964 with “She’s Not There”. In the US, two further singles — “Tell Her No” in 1965 and “Time of the Season” in 1968 — were also successful. Their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle is ranked number 100 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The Zombies will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
Their original name was the Mustangs, but they quickly realized that there were other groups with that name. It was Arnold who came up with the Zombies, according to Blunstone.
When Argent was asked about the origins of the band’s name in a 2015 interview with PopMatters journalist J.C. Maçek III, Argent said, “Well, we chose that name in 1962 and, I mean, I knew vaguely that they were: sort of, you know, the Walking Dead from Haiti and Colin didn’t even really know what they were.” Argent explains, “It was [original bass guitarist] Paul [Arnold] that came up with the name. I don’t know where he got it from. He very soon left the band after that.” However, Arnold also left his mark with the name. “I thought this was a name that no one else is going to have. And I just liked the whole idea of it. Colin was wary, I’m sure, at the beginning, I know, but I always, always really, really liked it.”
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