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Chris White
White performing with The Zombies in 2019
White performing with The Zombies in 2019
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Taylor White
Born (1943-03-07) 7 March 1943 (age 81)
Origin Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instrument(s)
  • Bass guitar
  • vocals
Years active1959–present

Christopher Taylor White (born 7 March 1943) is an English musician. He came to prominence in the mid-1960s as the bass guitarist and occasional lead vocalist of the rock band The Zombies. White is one of the main composers of the Zombies' music, and made major lyrical contributions to the band's songs. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 as a member of the Zombies. [1]

Early years

White was born on 7 March 1943, in Barnet, Hertfordshire, to Harold White, a bus inspector for London Transport, and his wife Nan. The family soon relocated to Markyate, Hertfordshire, where his parents Harold and Nan White owned the village general store, selling groceries, hardware, paint, and furniture. As a pastime, Harold White played double bass in dance bands performing the music of Glenn Miller and other swing bands; he gave his son his earliest musical training, playing guitar alongside White on the ukulele. There was also a piano in the house. [2] [3] White attended St Albans County Grammar School, Hertfordshire, where he met Colin Blunstone, later meeting Rod Argent, Paul Atkinson, and Hugh Grundy who were at St. Albans School, the musicians who became the Zombies. [4]

The Zombies

White replaced the Zombies' initial bass guitarist, Paul Arnold, [5] and became one of the band's two main songwriters, alongside Rod Argent. He wrote two tracks on their US debut album, The Zombies, released in January 1965. On the UK debut release, Begin Here, he had three tracks. For the Zombies' performances in the 1965 film Bunny Lake Is Missing White wrote "Nothing's Changed" and "Remember You".

An album, Begin Here (renamed to The Zombies when released in the US) would follow. They would appear on American television for the first time on January 12 1965, when they appeared on the first episode of Hullabaloo. [6]

The Zombies would have another chart-topper in 1964 with Tell Her No. The group continued to record successfully through the 1960s, but disbanded in December 1967, reportedly over management disagreements. [7] A second album was released in 1968 titled Odessey and Oracle, which featured the song Time of the Season. Time of the Season is one of the Zombies most successful singles, along with She’s Not There.

One of the main songwriters of the band, he also wrote seven of the twelve songs on the band's second and final album and generally acknowledged masterpiece, Odessey and Oracle. White also contributed lead vocals to " Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)" and a verse of "Brief Candles". Some releases of " She's Not There" attribute Chris as the composer instead of Rod Argent. [8]

His song " I Love You", originally recorded by the Zombies in 1965, was a hit for the band People! in 1968. [9]

In March 2008, White began a series of live performances with the other three surviving members of the Zombies, including the first complete performances of the album Odessey and Oracle, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its release. [10]

While White is not a member of The Zombies’ current lineup, he has rejoined the group on several tours featuring the surviving original lineup between 2008 and 2019 to play Odessey and Oracle in its entirety.

Argent

Following the demise of the Zombies, White contributed songwriting and production work to Colin Blunstone's solo career and Rod Argent's new band, Argent. With Argent he co-wrote their 1972 hit " Hold Your Head Up".

The Chris White Experience

Since 2019, Chris has been releasing previously unheard material under the series name The Chris White Experience featuring performances from a host of well-known artists. As of July 2021, he has released five volumes of songs, and a previously unreleased album by the band Sparrow.

Other work

In 2007, as part of the band White Circle, he co-wrote, co-produced and performed on the album The Key with his son Matthew White and wife Vivienne Boucherat. [11]

Also in 2007/2008, White co-produced and played on the album Featherhead for his youngest son, the London-based singer-songwriter JJ White. [12]

Chris and his wife Vivienne Boucherat provide backing vocals on the 2016 album My Religion by John Verity.

Personal life

White currently resides in London. He is married to Viv Boucherat. White is father to three sons; Matthew, Jamie ("JJ") and Sacha. [11]

Discography

The Zombies

Studio albums

EPs

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
(A-side only)
UK
[13]
AUS
[14]
CAN NL
[15]
US
Billboard

[16]
US
Cashbox

[17]
" She's Not There"
b/w "You Make Me Feel Good"
1964 12 11 2 2 1 Begin Here / The Zombies
" Leave Me Be"
b/w "Woman"
81 Non album single
" Tell Her No"
UK & AUS b/w "What More Can I Do?"
US & CAN b/w " Leave Me Be"
42 60 6 6 6 The Zombies
" She's Coming Home"
b/w "I Must Move"
1965 21 58 48 Non album singles
" I Want You Back Again"
b/w "Remember When I Loved Her"
95 92 / 122
" Whenever You're Ready"
b/w " I Love You"
110 114
" Just Out of Reach"
b/w "Remember You"
113 110
"Is This the Dream?"
b/w "Don't Go Away"
1966
"Indication"
b/w "How We Were Before"
"Gotta Get a Hold of Myself"
b/w "The Way I Feel Inside"
" Goin' Out of My Head"
b/w "She Does Everything for Me"
1967
"Friends of Mine"
b/w "Beechwood Park"
Odessey and Oracle
" Care of Cell 44"
b/w "Maybe After He's Gone"
" Time of the Season"
b/w "I'll Call You Mine"
b/w "Friends of Mine" (1969 US re-release)
1968 43 1 14 3 1
" I Love You"
b/w "The Way I Feel Inside"
Non album single
" Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)"
b/w "This Will Be Our Year"
Odessey and Oracle
"Imagine the Swan"
b/w "Conversation Off Floral Street"
1969 59 109 77 Non album singles
"If It Don't Work Out"
b/w "Don't Cry For Me"

References

  1. ^ "The Zombies". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  2. ^ Where Have All The Rock Stars Gone? vol. 1, Marti Smiley Childs, Jeff March, EditPros, 2011, p. 299
  3. ^ The Zombies: Hung up on a Dream- A Biography 1962-1967, Claes Johansen, SAF Publishing Ltd, The Cromwell Press, 2001, pp. 19-20
  4. ^ James, Gary. "Gary James' Interview With Colin Blunstone of The Zombies". Classicbands.com. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  5. ^ Pore-Lee-Dunn Productions. "The Zombies". Classicbands.com. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  6. ^ Binder, Steve (12 January 1965), Episode #1.1, Hullabaloo, retrieved 12 February 2023
  7. ^ Henson, Jopaquin (15 September 2012). "May the Zombies never rest in peace". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  8. ^ "The Road – She's Not There / A Bummer". Discogs. 1969.
  9. ^ Cost, Jud. "People!". San Jose Rocks. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  10. ^ Petridis, Alexis (10 March 2008). "The Zombies" (review). The Guardian. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
  11. ^ a b Coston, Daniel. "Chris White and Hugh Grundy: This will be our year again" (PDF). The Big Takeover. 63: 93. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  12. ^ Childs, Marti; March, Jeff (2011). Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 1. EditPros. p. 301. ISBN  9781937317010.
  13. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 618. ISBN  1-904994-10-5.
  14. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Forum - Chart Positions Pre 1989 Part 3 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  15. ^ "Discografie The Zombies". Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  16. ^ "The Zombies Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  17. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950-1981. Metuchen, NJ & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 661.
  18. ^ "British certifications – Zombies". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 July 2022. Type Zombies in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America.

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