Tell Her No

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"Tell Her No"
Single by The Zombies
from the album The Zombies
B-side "What More Can I Do" (UK) / "Leave Me Be" (US)
Released December 1964 (US) / January 1965 (UK)
Format Single
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:07
Label Decca F12072
Parrot 9723
Writer(s) Rod Argent
Producer(s) Ken Jones
The Zombies singles chronology
"Leave Me Be"
(1964)
"Tell Her No"
(1965)
"She's Coming Home"
(1965)

"Tell Her No" is a hit single by British rock band The Zombies in 1965, featured on their eponymous debut album The Zombies. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States in March 1965 and was one of three big American hits by The Zombies (the others being "She's Not There", in 1964, and "Time of the Season", in 1969). "Tell Her No" was only a minor hit for The Zombies in their native Britain, where it peaked at No.42 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1965.

In 1983, Juice Newton scored a Billboard Top 40 hit in the United States with her version of the song.

Style[edit]

"Tell Her No" has been described as a "standard Beatles" cut,[1] and has also been called "harmonically and melodically more complex than the best Beatles stuff, and just as catchy and emotional."[2]

Remakes[edit]

In 1983, country-pop singer Juice Newton remade "Tell Her No". Newton's version reached No.14 on the US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary singles chart and No.27 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Newton changed the song's lyrical gender and point of view, which significantly altered the song's meaning.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rolling Stone (1992). The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll. Random House. ISBN 0-679-73728-6. 
  2. ^ ""The Zombies," George Starostin's Classic Rock And Pop Album Reviews".