Jim Rodford

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Jim Rodford
Rodford performing live in 1979
Rodford performing live in 1979
Background information
Birth nameJames Walter Rodford
Born(1941-07-07)7 July 1941
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Died20 January 2018(2018-01-20) (aged 76)
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Years active1960s–2018

James Walter Rodford (7 July 1941 – 20 January 2018) was an English musician, who played bass for several British rock bands. He was a founding member of Argent, which was led by his cousin Rod Argent, and performed with them from their formation in 1969 until they disbanded in 1976. He was the bassist for the Kinks from 1978 until they disbanded in 1997. In 2004, he joined the reunited Zombies, whom he had been closely associated with since the early 1960s, and remained a member until his death in 2018. He was also a member of the Swinging Blue Jeans and the Kast Off Kinks.

Early years[edit]

Rodford was born on 7 July 1941, in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he was a member of the Bluetones, the biggest band in St Albans at the time. Although he did not become a band member at this stage, Rodford was instrumental in helping his younger cousin Rod Argent form the Zombies in 1964. Rodford later joined the Mike Cotton Sound as a bassist.[1]

Music career[edit]

Rodford performing in Mannheim, Germany in 1979 with the Kinks. Ray Davies (L) and Rodford

Along with Rod Argent, Rodford was one of the founding members of Argent. When Rod Argent quit the band, the remaining three members (Rodford, Bob Henrit, and John Verity) formed the short-lived band Phoenix. Eventually, Rodford joined the Kinks as a bass guitarist in 1978 and played with them until their final disintegration in 1997.[2]

From 1999–2001 Rodford appeared in a band that ex-Animals guitarist Hilton Valentine formed, the Animals II, which also featured former Animals drummer John Steel, and keyboardist Dave Rowberry. Rodford continued with this band (which changed its working name to "The Animals and Friends" after Valentine left) until joining Argent and Colin Blunstone in the revival of the Zombies.[2]

Rodford never played with the Zombies during their original incarnation, despite having been closely involved with them. However, he began to play with them in the band's reincarnation in 1968 and again in the early years of the 21st century, with his son Steve on drums.[3]

In 2008, Rodford joined the Kast Off Kinks, on the retirement of John Dalton, whom he had followed into the Kinks after Andy Pyle. In 2009, Jim Rodford regularly played in "The Rodford Files" along with his sons Steve Rodford (Blunstone/Argent band) on drums and Russ Rodford on guitar, plus Derik Timms (mOOn Dogs) on guitar, lap steel, slide and vocals.[4]

In 2010, the original line-up of Argent reformed and resumed playing in concert. They mounted a short tour including gigs in Frome, Southampton, Wolverhampton, Leamington Spa and London.[5][6]

On 20 January 2018, Rodford died after he fell down stairs at his home in St Albans.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Rodford met his wife, Jean, at the Pioneer Club, St Albans, in the early days of his music career. They have two sons, Steve, a drummer, Russell a guitarist and a daughter, Paula. [8] Rodford died after a fall on 20 January 2018, at the age of 76, a few days after returning from America where he had played a few gigs with The Zombies.[9][10] His son Steve is currently the drummer for the Zombies.[11]



  1. ^ "Jim Rodford, bassist with The Zombies, The Kinks and Argent, talks about early days of The Pioneer Club". The Times. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Jim Rodford". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  3. ^ "I Brought Balance". Kinks.buttkereit.info. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Kast Off Kinks". Kastoffkinks.co.uk. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Marillion, Argent To Play High Voltage Festival". Classic Rock Magazine. 15 December 2009. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  6. ^ "ARGENT At High Voltage 2010". Record Heaven. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  7. ^ "The Zombies and The Kinks bassist Jim Rodford has died after falling down the stairs". The Independent. 20 January 2018. Archived from the original on 8 June 2022. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Special Feature – Still rocking the world with The Zombies and Argent: Meet Jim Rodford and family" (PDF). Ageuk.org.uk. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Jim Rodford, of Argent, Kinks, Zombies Fame, Dies". Bestclassicbands.com. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Jim Rodford, Kinks and Argent Bassist, Dead at 76". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 21 January 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  11. ^ Krakow, Steve. "Colin Blunstone of the Zombies on fake bands, fake names, and how he's kept his amazing voice". Chicagoreader.com. Retrieved 20 March 2018.

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