Hugh Grundy

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Hugh Grundy
Grundy in 2015
Background information
Born (1945-03-06) 6 March 1945 (age 73)
Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1958–present
Associated acts The Zombies

Hugh Birch Grundy (born 6 March 1945) is an English musician. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Grundy came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the drummer of the English rock band The Zombies.

Early years[edit]

Hugh Grundy was born in Winchester, Hampshire, England. While attending St Albans School in Hertfordshire, he met Paul Atkinson, and Rod Argent. Argent, Atkinson and Grundy first played together at a jam on Easter 1961 in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Argent wanted to form a band and Colin Blunstone and Paul Arnold joined in early 1961, while all five members were still at school. Arnold left not long afterward and was replaced by Chris White. The band started life as the Mustangs, but after discovering other bands using the name, they changed it to the Zombies. After the band won a local contest, they recorded a demo as their prize. Argent's song "She's Not There" got them a recording contract with Decca.[1]

Later career[edit]

The Zombies had several hits and continued to record but they broke up in December 1967, reportedly over management disagreements.[2] After the band's break-up, Grundy went to work as an A&R man for Columbia Records. In the 1980s, Grundy also operated a horse-transport business in England[3] and worked as a professional driver.[4]

In 1990, Blunstone, Grundy, and White briefly reunited as the Zombies with keyboardist and guitarist Sebastian Santa Maria to recorded the studio album New World (1991).[5] To mark the 40th anniversary of the album Odessey and Oracle, the four surviving original members of the Zombies participated in a three-night series of concerts at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire Theatre between 7 and 9 March 2008.[6]


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  2. ^ Henson, Jopaquin (15 September 2012). "May the Zombies never rest in peace". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Zombies' Hugh Grundy". Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Coston, Daniel. "Chris White and Hugh Grundy: This will be our year again" (PDF). Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "The Zombies". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Coplin, James (10 March 2008). "The Zombies - Shepherds Bush Empire, London -". Retrieved 2008-03-28.