Chris White (musician)

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Chris White
White performing live in 2015
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Taylor White
Born (1943-03-07) 7 March 1943 (age 76)
OriginBarnet, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
Years active1959–present
Associated acts

Christopher Taylor White (born 7 March 1943) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer.

White's music career spans more than 50 years. He came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the bass guitarist and occasional lead vocalist of the English 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 will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.[1]

Early years[edit]

Christopher Taylor White was born on 7 March 1943, 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.[2]

The Zombies[edit]

White replaced the Zombies' initial bass guitarist, Paul Arnold,[3] 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". He also wrote seven of the twelve songs on the band's 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.[4]

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 co-wrote their 1972 hit "Hold Your Head Up". 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.[5]

Also in 2007/2008, White co-produced and played on the album Featherhead for his youngest son, the London-based singer-songwriter JJ White.[6] 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.[7]

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

Personal life[edit]

White currently resides in London. He is married to Viv Boucherat, and whilst they have no children together, White is father to three sons; Matthew, Jamie and Sacha.[5]


  1. ^ "The Zombies". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  2. ^ James, Gary. "Gary James' Interview With Colin Blunstone of The Zombies". Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  3. ^ Pore-Lee-Dunn Productions. "The Zombies". Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  4. ^ Cost, Jud. "People!". San Jose Rocks. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Childs, Marti; March, Jeff (2011). Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 1. EditPros. p. 301.
  7. ^ Petridis, Alexis (10 March 2008). "The Zombies" (review). The Guardian. Retrieved 12 March 2008.