Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Parrot Records: Tell Her No

While The Zombies released eight singles on the Parrot label, only two charted within the Top 40: 1964's “She’s Not There” at #2 and 1965's “Tell Her No” at #6. A third single, “Time of the Season” issued on Date Records in 1969, peaked at #3. In their native Britain, The Zombies only had one hit and that was their first – “She’s Not There.”

Like their other hits, “Tell Her No” was written by keyboardist Rod Argent. It appears that Argent is playing two keyboard parts on the song. One sounds like a Vox organ and may be double tracked; the other, which may be the Vox as well, sounds like a RMI Electra Piano or Hohner Pianet.

 I’m just speculating on the instrumentation, as I haven’t found any documentation on it as of yet. In the only vintage live performance that I could find (which is an obvious lip-synch version from Shindig), Argent has only one keyboard on stage – a Vox Continental.

Of course, Colin Blunstone sings the lead with the other band members providing the backup.

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