|Birth name||Rodney Terence Argent|
14 June 1945 |
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
|Genres||Rock, pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, classical|
|Associated acts||The Zombies, Argent, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Soraya|
|Namm.org Oral History, Rod Argent reflects on his career in music and his instrument preferences'. Interview date April 12, 2011, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library]|
As a child he sang as a boy chorister in St Albans Cathedral Choir. While at St Albans School, he met Paul Atkinson and Hugh Grundy. The three joined with Colin Blunstone and Paul Arnold to form The Zombies. Arnold left not long after and was replaced by Chris White.
In addition to playing piano and keyboards in the group, Argent was (with White) one of the group's two main songwriters, penning the hits "She's Not There", "Tell Her No" and "Time of the Season", amongst others.
Argent was initially the group's lead singer, with Blunstone on guitar. When Argent's keyboard talents became apparent, he became the group's full-time keyboard player, conceding the role of lead singer to Blunstone.
After The Zombies split, he went on to form Argent, who had a hit album in 1972 with All Together Now, which contained the single "Hold Your Head Up". His Hammond B3 solo on that track is cited by Rick Wakeman as the greatest organ solo ever. They also recorded the original version of the rock anthem "God Gave Rock and Roll to You", written by lead singer Russ Ballard, which was later covered by other artists, including Petra and KISS. Argent's first album included the song "Liar" (also composed by Ballard), which became a hit for Three Dog Night.
Argent later played keyboards with many other musicians, including piano on the title track of the Who's album Who Are You and on Variations with Gary Moore, Julian Lloyd Webber and Andrew Lloyd Webber. In 1986 he composed the theme music for ITV's coverage of the 1986 World Cup, "Aztec Gold". It was released as a [single under the title of "Silsoe". Also in 1986, he composed the theme music for ITV's "The Two of Us". Argent also composed the theme music to the ITV (LWT) sitcom The Piglet Files, which aired from 1990 to 1992. He also played keyboards on and produced Joshua Kadison's 1993 album Painted Desert Serenade.
Argent and Blunstone have continued to perform together, and in 2004 they recorded a new album, As Far as I Can See, in the style of the Zombies. Subsequent album and DVD Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent of the Zombies Live at the Bloomsbury Theatre received favorable reviews, as did their 2007 US tour. One critic noted, "The Zombies, still led by original keyboard wizard Rod Argent and featuring the smoked-silk vocals of Colin Blunstone, is the best 60s band still touring which doesn't have Mick Jagger as a front man".
In a 2015 interview with PopMatters journalist J.C. Maçek III about The Zombies' latest album Still Got That Hunger Argent said “Still Got That Hunger, is the first album that has really recaptured some of the resonance of feeling of a group. We’re so tight as a group together now. And the whole process has become so organic that we’re 100% happy with the Zombies name and rediscovering and playing all the old stuff and at the same time carving a new path forward which is also very, very important to us.”
- Moving Home (1978)
- Red House (1988)
- Ghosts (1981) (with Barbara Thompson)
- Metro (1983) (with John Dankworth)
- Second Sight (1984) (with Robert Howes)
- Classically Speaking (1998)
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- "Ron Galloway: Interview With the Zombie – Rod Argent On Gershwin, Bill Evans, Miles Davis & The Penny Lane Piano". Huffingtonpost.com. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- "THE ZOMBIES / ZOMBIES LIVE!: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
- "Music CD/DVD Review: Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent of The Zombies – Live at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London". Blogcritics. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
- "Hits keep on coming...". The Washington Times. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 2014-07-17. (subscription required)
- Maçek III, J.C. (4 November 2015). ""There Are No Half-Measures" An Interview with the Zombies' Rod Argent". PopMatters.
- Official website
- Interview with Rod Argent on Pause&Play website – April 2001
- on YouTube
- on YouTube
- Rod Argent Interview – The Austin Chronicle – Feb 20 2004