"She's Not There" is the kind of song that makes you think its composer is a major talent destined for a long and prolific career, which is not quite what happened. In 1964, Rod Argent, the keyboard player in the Zombies, was challenged by U.K. Decca Records producer Ken Jones to write a hit record for his group, which had just won a talent contest leading to a contract with the label. He came up with "She's Not There," a spooky minor-key tune with a lyric in which the singer takes out his frustration over a duplicitous (and, of course, absent) woman on a friend who failed to warn him about her in the first place. The Zombies gave the song a recording that mixed Argent's jazzy electric piano playing and Colin Blunstone's ethereal vocal with a turn toward Merseybeat rave-up on the choruses. It was a masterful effort that made the British Top 20 and crossed the Atlantic to hit number one on at least one U.S. singles chart. What the Zombies needed to do, of course, was keep turning out more of the same, and they did initially with Argent's "Tell Her No," but after that they had trouble, and by 1967 they called it quits, not even re-forming when Argent's "Time of the Season" belatedly gave them a final hit. Meanwhile, there were cover versions of "She's Not There" by the Ventures, Vanilla Fudge, and Orpheus, each in their individual styles. Blunstone went solo under the pseudonym Neil MacArthur and hit the British Top 40 in 1969 with a string-filled remake of "She's Not There" that continued to demonstrate its appeal beyond the original recording. But it took Santana to reconceive "She's Not There" in its patented Latin rock style for a 1977 Top 40 single for the song to be thought of as more than a British Invasion standard.