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Rod Argent

Rod Argent
Background information
Birth name Rodney Terence Argent
Born (1945-06-14) 14 June 1945
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Genres Rock, pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, classical
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Keyboard, vocals
Years active 1959–present
Labels Decca, CBS
Associated acts The Zombies, Argent, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Soraya
Website .comrodargent
External video 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]

Rodney Terence Argent (born 14 June 1945) is an English rock musician and a founding member of the 1960s English rock group The Zombies[1] and the 1970s band Argent.[2]


  • Musical career 1
  • Solo albums 2
  • Collaborative albums 3
  • Classical album 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Musical career

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

  • Official website
  • Interview with Rod Argent on Pause&Play website – April 2001
  • Video interview with Rod Argent at the Ottawa Blues Festival – July 15, 2009 on YouTube
  • Video interview with Rod Argent for – April 30, 2009 on YouTube
  • Rod Argent Interview – The Austin Chronicle – Feb 20 2004

External links

  1. ^  
  2. ^ Steve Huey (14 June 1945). "Rod Argent | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Ron Galloway: Interview With the Zombie – Rod Argent On Gershwin, Bill Evans, Miles Davis & The Penny Lane Piano". 18 March 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "THE ZOMBIES / ZOMBIES LIVE!: Music". Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Music CD/DVD Review: Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent of The Zombies – Live at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London". Blogcritics. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Hits keep on coming...".   (subscription required)


  • Classically Speaking (1998)

Classical album

Collaborative albums

  • Moving Home (1978)
  • Red House (1988)

Solo albums

In 2006, Argent joined Hamish Stuart, Richard Marx, Billy Squier, Edgar Winter and Sheila E. touring with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.

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,[4][5] 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".[6]

In 1999 Argent recorded a solo piano album, Rod Argent Classically Speaking, in which he played Chopin études and music by Ravel, Bach and Grieg, as well as three of his own compositions.

In 1995 Argent produced Soraya debut album On Nights Like This.

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". 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.

In 1978, he released the solo album Moving Home with many well-known musicians, including Genesis drummer Phil Collins and Weather Report bassist Alphonso Johnson.

. Three Dog Night" (also composed by Ballard), which became a hit for Liar. Argent's first album included the song "KISS and Petra, which was later covered by other artists, including Russ Ballard", written by lead singer God Gave Rock and Roll to You the original version of the rock anthem "recorded They also [3]

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