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 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
He became one of the band’s two main songwriters, alongside Rod Argent, penning hits (‘I Love You’ for People) and a song now considered a standard (‘This Will Be Our Year’) during their initial existence. 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”.
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 wrote their 1972 hit “Hold Your Head Up”.
After Argent split in 1976, there is little record of Chris White’s achievements. Here are some of those unheard recordings.