Chris White (musician)

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Chris White
Birth name Christopher Taylor White
Born (1943-03-07) 7 March 1943 (age 72)
Origin Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • Bass guitar
Years active 1959–present
Associated acts
Notable instruments
Gibson EB-3

Christopher Taylor "Chris" White (born 7 March 1943) is best known as the bass guitarist and songwriter of the 1960s rock group The Zombies.

Early years[edit]

Chris White was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, and brought up in Markyate, where his parents owned a village shop. He attended St. Albans School, where he met Rod Argent, Paul Atkinson and Hugh Grundy, the musicians who became The Zombies.[1]

The Zombies[edit]

White replaced the Zombies' initial bassist, Paul Arnold,[2] and became one of the band's two main songwriters, alongside Rod Argent. He wrote two tracks on their USA debut LP, 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". He also wrote seven of the twelve songs on the group's 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".

His song "I Love You", originally recorded by The Zombies in 1965, was a hit for the band People! in 1968.[3]

Later career[edit]

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 cowrote their 1972 hit "Hold Your Head Up". In a later role as a record company A&R man, he was instrumental in discovering the band Dire Straits.[4] In 2007, as part of the group White Circle, he co-wrote, co-produced and performed on the album The Key. Key members of White Circle are Chris White, Matthew White, Vivienne Boucherat, and Bianca Kinane.

Also in 2007/2008, White co-produced and played on the album Featherhead for his youngest son, the London-based singer/songwriter JJ White.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

White currently resides in London. He is married to Viv Boucherat,[7] and they have a son Matthew.


  1. ^ James, Gary. "Gary James' Interview With Colin Blunstone of The Zombies". Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Pore-Lee-Dunn Productions. "The Zombies". Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Cost, Jud. "People!". San Jose Rocks. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Show: The music of Dire Straits onstage". Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Childs, Marti; March, Jeff (2011). Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 1. EditPros. p. 301. 
  6. ^ Petridis, Alexis (10 March 2008). "The Zombies" (review). The Guardian. Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  7. ^ Coston, Daniel. "Chris White and Hugh Grundy: This will be our year again" (PDF). The Big Takeover 63: 93. Retrieved 11 December 2015.