Jim Rodford, bassist of The Zombies and The Kinks, dies after fall

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 21, 2018

Jim Rodford, who played bass for The Kinks, Argent and the most recent incarnation of The Zombies, has died.

In his lengthy Facebook post, Argent continued, "Jim was a wonderful person, loved by everybody".

Walter James Jim Rodford was born 7 July, 1941 and began playing bass in the late "50s with St Albans" skiffle band The Bluetones. "He was unfailingly committed to local music - an ever present member of the local scene in St.Albans, where he had spent his whole life". An enormous enabler for us.

In later years, Rodford joined the revived Zombies alongside his son, drummer Steve Rodford, touring until his death, most recently in Florida.

Jim enjoyed an incredible music career spanning six decades, having started out in Argent with Rod.

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Rodford was the first musician Argent attempted to bring into his band, The Zombies, in 1961, but the bassist ultimately turned the offer down, as he was already part of the popular British band The Bluestones.

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.

He also toured the United Kingdom and Europe with The Mike Cotton Sound and the group worked alongside big names stars including Dusty Springfield.

"Years later, he became founder member, with me, of Argent; and then, for 18 years, throughout a hugely successful American period for them, was bass player for The Kinks". When Colin and I, shocked and hardly able to talk, shared the news this morning, Colin said "I've never heard anyone say a bad word about him...' He will be unbelievably missed. Goodnight and God Bless dear friend".

The Kinks' Dave Davies said he was "devastated by Jim's sudden loss".

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