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I knew her when Winter was her crown.

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Fifty years ago to-day (24 July 1964), the Zombies’ debut single “She’s Not There” b/w “You Make Me Feel Good” was released.  Decca F.11940, if you really want specifics.

Rod Argent on Top of the Pops in 1978

"If you’ve been watching BBC1’s coverage of the World Cup, you should be familiar with this next hit - it’s ARGENTINE MELODY from SAN JOSE featuring RODRIGUEZ ARGENTINA, otherwise known as Rod Argent.” (x)


The Zombies


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Recently I was looking through the liner notes of the 30th anniversary edition of Odessey and Oracle - the one that includes the lyrics.  I’d been suspicious of the accuracy of these lyrics, specifically the first line of “A Rose for Emily” and part of “Changes.”

These liner notes list the first line of “A Rose for Emily” as “The summer is here at last,” but I’d always heard it as “Though summer is here at least.”  Additionally, though acknowledges the difference in mood - summer is usually seen as a happy time, but the rest of this song is about a woman who doesn’t have any love.  Though seems to signal that contrast.

The liner notes also have part of “Changes” as:

I knew her when summer was her crown

And autumn sad

How brown her eyes

The British accents are a bit difficult for me to decipher here; just by hearing it, I can’t tell whether it’s “sad” or “sighed.”  But based on the other lyrics, I think it’s “sighed.”  I (mostly) agree with these other lyrics that the liner notes list:

I knew her when winter was her cloak

And spring her voice

She spoke to me

I’d always thought it was “In spring her voice she spoke to me,” but that’s a minor point.

Still, you have the structural parallelism between “summer was her crown” and “winter was her cloak,” so it makes sense to me that that parallelism would also apply to further words and that they would relate to speech and respiration  - “Autumn sighed” and “She spoke to me.”

Those were my qualms up to that point.  But just recently, in looking through the lyrics, I found that among the friends listed in “Friends of Mine” are “Jim and Christy.”  But the Zombie Heaven liner notes lists them as “Jim and Christine.”  The on-screen text on the 40th anniversary concert DVD also has “Christine.”

With the cases of “A Rose for Emily” and “Changes,” I had only my own dissent, but now I have more viable evidence.  The Christy/Christine thing for me is the final straw that sort of invalidates the lyrics as listed in the 30th anniversary edition liner notes.


This post is the first of five ideas/realizations I had about Odessey and Oracle.

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Artwork by Rob Sheley

Artwork by Rob Sheley

Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies for Spirit and Flesh. (x)

Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies for Spirit and Flesh. (x)

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The Shangri Las and The Zombies Performing at the Brooklyn Fox, Dec, 1964. 

The Zombies were part of the Christmas 1964 bill. Contrary to Mary’s denial, Zombie drummer Hugh Grundy does remember the presence of a motorcycle backstage for “Leader of the Pack.” In the liner notes for the Zombie Heaven box set, he claims, “Nobody else seemed to have any gumption as to how to start this thing up, so I used to do it at the appropriate point.” Rod Argent’s finest memory was of Chuck Jackson’s rendition of “Since I Don’t Have You,” accompanied by improvised harmonies from the other soul acts waiting in the wings. “On the real holidays like Christmas Day itself, there were really very few white kids allowed out, so it would tend to be mainly a black audience. Those days were really brilliant because…all the black acts would stop when they came to a chorus, and the whole audience used to sing.” The late Paul Atkinson recalled:

Those shows were “She’s Not There” and occasionally one other song, five times a day. So in ten days we’d played “She’s Not There” 50 or 60 times. We were rubbing shoulders with all these other great acts, like Chuck Jackson, the Shirelles, and Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles…They did look at us as a novelty at first, it was friendly but it was very much “you guys are flavor of the month”…Patti would wail and we had to follow them. Murray the K said, “Don’t worry about a thing, you’re English, it doesn’t matter what you play!” We went out there and you couldn’t hear a thing, we might as well not have plugged in…The Nashville Teens and…the Hullabaloos were also on the bill, and the black acts didn’t like them. I mean Chuck Jackson wouldn’t talk to them, but he’d talk to us. We hung out in Ben E. King and the Drifters’ dressing rooms, and we’d play poker and sing and play guitar—Colin would sing blues and they were impressed…(One of the dancers on the show, Molly Molloy, was to become Paul’s first wife.) (credit)

(Included is this photo of Colin getting mauled by a fan)

The Zombies perform at Murray The K’s Big Holiday Show at the Brooklyn Fox Theater on December 29, 1964 in New York City, New York. ( x )

This clip captures the story quite nicely! 
Our Return to Graceland earlier this year.
When we knocked on the door had Elvis been in, we would have said “Come outside, let’s play Football”.

The Zombies touring, playing NYC & other area shows (dates)