What did The Zombies contribute to music?

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Formed in 1962, The Zombies were part of the so-called “British Invasion” that witnessed numerous British bands, most prominently The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, cross the Atlantic Ocean to achieve enormous commercial success in the vast American pop market.  Founded by keyboardist and vocalist Rod Argent and vocalist Colin Blunstone, along with drummer Hugh Grundy, guitarist Paul Atkinson, and bassist Chris White, The Zombies recorded a number of hit singles including “Time of the Season,” “She’s Not There,” and “Tell Her No,” all emphasizing Argent’s organ and keyboard instrumentals.  The group's second album, "Odyssey and Oracle," recorded inn 1967 and released in 1968, would receive great critical acclaim, but would also represent the band's "swan song."  The Zombies disbanded in 1968, but regrouped in various iterations from 1990 to the present, with Argent alternating Zombies tours with those by his own band, Argent.  The Zombies were definitely categorized more appropriately together with groups like the The Beatles, The Kinks and The Dave Clark Five, all of whom were recording mainstream rock and roll or pop music in contrast to the “heavy metal” British bands forming in the later part of the decade and during the early 1970s like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.

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