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Paul Atkinson    

Paul Atkinson, former guitarist with The Zombies, has died aged 58. He was born in Hertfordshire, on March 19th 1946 . The Zombies, who came from St Albans, formed in 1962 and soon signed to Decca Records. The other members of the group were Rod Argent (keyboards); Colin Blunstone (vocals); Hugh Grundy (drums); Chris White (bass). Atkinson was a founding member of the band.   Their hits included "She's Not There". Released in 1964 the single didn't make it into the Top Ten at the time but soon became an evergreen classic constantly played on the radio. The Zombies also became major stars in the United States where they played to packed houses. However, after deciding to split up in 1967, they went into the recording studio one last time to record their masterpiece, Odyssey and Oracle. The album was released in 1968 and featured songs like "Time Of The Season" and "This Will Be Our Year". After The Zombies split-up, Atkinson stopped performing and took on a second career as an A&R man for CBS Records. He went on to sign a number of famous bands including ABBA, Mr Mister, Bruce Hornsby & the Range and Judas Priest. He also helped to break Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band in Britain. For the past 20 years he lived in Los Angeles working on a number of musical projects and acting as a consultant on for Warner and Capitol Records. Earlier this year, at a tribute concert held in his honour, he was given the Recording Academy 's President's Merit Award.

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