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Kinks and Zombies bassist Jim Rodford dies aged 76

Sun Online Desk     21st January, 2018 11:57:45 printer

Kinks and Zombies bassist Jim Rodford dies aged 76


The Kinks bassist Jim Rodford has died at the age of 76.


The British musician, who spent 18 years with the band from 1979, also played with Argent and The Zombies.


His cousin and fellow bandmate, Rod Argent, paid tribute on Facebook to the "magnificent bass player", who died following a fall on the stairs.


He also highlighted his commitment to the music scene in St Albans where he had lived all his life, playing with family members in The Rodford Files.


Rodford was playing with The Bluetones when his cousin, Argent, first asked him to join his then-band The Zombies, alongside singer Colin Blunstone.


Rodford declined, but Argent in his Facebook tribute said he was "inextricably bound to the story of The Zombies" and credited him as being "an enormous enabler" for the band who went on to have a major US hit with She's Not There in 1964.


After a stint with the Mike Cotton Sound, the bassist did eventually agree to join his cousin as a founding member of Argent, who are best remembered for the songs Hold Your Head Up and God Gave Rock and Roll to You.


After the band split in 1976, Rodford was recruited by the Kinks after the departure of John Dalton, performing on every album from 1979's Low Budget to 1993's Phobia.


Rodford joined the revived Zombies in 1999 alongside his son, drummer Steve Rodford, touring until his death, most recently in Florida this month.


He was presented with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Hertfordshire last year, reports BBC.