An Interview with
(With Ray Chan)
Zombies are best remembered for their classic hits Time
Of The Season and She's Not There.
But by 1968, they had disbanded.
Members Rod Argent and Chris White
formed the group Argent, while enigmatic vocalist Colin Blunstone
embarked on a solo career.
As for the group's drummer Hugh Grundy?
I went to work with CBS Records as A&R (Artists
and Repertoire) man, and also played on quite a few sessions,
which was great fun, he said.
It was through this association that
Hugh ended up on the Christie album
in 1970. The group needed to rush out an LP to follow up on
the big hit that was Yellow River,
but with current band drummer Mike Blakley rusty after a six-month
layoff, the decision was made to use a couple of studio musicians:
Hugh and prolific percussionist Clem
I wasn't specifically freelancing,
but if any jobs came up, I would do them, Hugh said.
What a great drummer Clem Cattini
was. I got to know him a little bit while I was at CBS.
The songs on the album were split
up between Hugh and Clem, apart from Yellow
River, which, as most fans know, featured Dave Munden
on the drums.
You can hear Hugh's work on the songs
I've Got A Feeling, Gotta Be Free, Country
Boy, Johnny One-Time, Coming Home Tonight and Until
My memories of Jeff are rather
sketchy, but I do remember him as being enthusiastic about
his music and how he wanted it recorded, Hugh said.
Jeff would play the song and
we would talk about what he wanted and what I could do, then
we would start recording and it would evolve from there.
I was definitely allowed freedom
to come up with my style and fills.
Hugh recalls that the band all played
together in the studio on the songs (as opposed to adding
drum tracks later on), as was the fashion then.
He and Clem would come in on different days to record their
songs for the album.
Of course, in my job at CBS,
I listened to the finished product, and having listened to
it recently, it has certainly jogged my memory, he said.
Hugh did not continue with session
work in later years, and it was sometime before he started
But once the bug is in you,
you can't ignore it, he said.
In more recent times, the Zombies
have reunited to perform at a series of well-received shows.
We have achieved huge success in the USA, with the Zombies
now playing (much-lauded album) Odessey and Oracle note for
note and in its entirety, Hugh said.
Indeed, on September 29, 2017,
we are appearing at the London Palladium.
Hugh currently lives in Menorca, one
of the Balearic Islands, happily married to wife Tracy, and
with four wonderful daughters.
I haven't seen Jeff since
those days, but I hope he's well, and please pass on
my best wishes.