100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: TELL HER NO- THE ZOMBIES

The Zombies – Tell Her No / What More Can I Do (1965, Vinyl) - Discogs

100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966. Tell Her No- The Zombies. The Zombies second hit following ‘She’s Not There’ in 1964. Written by Rod Argent- he would say that he was influenced by the great American songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David- when writing this song. In just over 2 minutes – the word ‘NO’ is mentioned 63 times. Also singer Colin Blunstone mumbles a line in the second refrain and wanted to re-record it- but producer Ken Jones rather liked it and they went with it. Oddly this song failed to crack the Top 40 in their native UK. The Zombies were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. They are back out touring. I regret a couple years ago- they were nearby and I waited a day or two too long in getting tickets. It was a sell out. Again I will mention- their box set Zombies Heaven- is terrific. While they are known for their three big hits- they were a fantastic band. I think I will listen to that box set today!

Single: ‘Tell Her No’- The Zombies/ Written by Rod Argent/ Record Company- Decca/ Time: 2:07/ Produced by Ken Jones/ Recorded November 25, 1964/ Released December 28, 1964 in US- January 1965 in UK/ Peaked at #6 in US Billboard Hot 100. #42 in UK Singles Chart.

10 responses to “100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: TELL HER NO- THE ZOMBIES

  1. Good grief! Once you mention the Bacharach and David influence it is blindingly obvious. It’s the sort of song that Dionne Warwick could have sung and no-one would have thought it wasn’t a Burt and Hal effort. But no no no no no no oh no, no no it’s not!

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