July 24 – Zombies She’s Not There, Paul Revere Indian Reservation


Argent, Blunstone, Grundy, Atkinson, White

It’s early in the British Invasion and hair’s still shortish as Brit pop band The Zombies release their first, classic hit, She’s Not There (UK#12,CA#2,US#2). (*)

Vocals are by Colin Blunstone.

Hohner Planet T, lid off

The first Moog synths are still being engineered. Keyboardist Rod Argent plays the unpowered Hohner Pianet keyboard, built with 60 pickups! — heard, surprisingly, on many well-known 60s hits, such as Louie, Louie by The Kingsmen and Summer in the City by The Lovin’ Spoonful.

The Zombies enjoy two more US hits. Tell Her No (1964 US#6) is found on their 1965 debut album. Their April 19, 1968 second album Odessey and Oracle produces their top hit single Time of the Season (US#3) ; the album is ranked #100 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums list.

The band splits up in 1968. Beginning in 1990 it reforms several times. Fourth album As Far as I Can See… is released in 2004, and, in 2011, fifth album Breathe Out, Breathe In.

( Zombies site ) ( Argent site ) ( Blunstone site )


US#19 1971 album

Idaho rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders(*) enjoys their biggest hit, US#1 single Indian Reservation (written by John D. Loudermilk).

From the 1971 album (produced by Mark Lindsay), the song refers to the removal of Cherokee people from the SE US in the 1830s, a tragedy known as the Trail of Tears.

The band’s first Pacific Northwest hit, ‘Like, Long Hair’ (title of their first debut album) reached US#38 on April 17, 1961. Before ‘Reservation’ the band had scored ten top-20 hits, like classic Kicks (US#4) . By 1983 the band has released 14 studio albums.

( Raiders site ) ( Lindsay site )