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Argent

Band
1969 / Present
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Overview

Members

Rod Argent
Present
Bob Henrit
Present
Jim Rodford
Present
John Verity
1973 - 1976
Russ Ballard
1969 - 1973

Discography

Studio Album

1969
Album has 3 releases
1971
Album has 3 releases
1972
Album has 6 releases
1973
Album has 4 releases
1974
Album has 3 releases
1975
Album has 1 releases
1976
Album has 1 releases

History

Argent is an English rock band founded in 1969 by Rod Argent after his previous band, The Zombies, broke up. Argent's biggest hit was "Hold Your Head Up" (written by Rod Argent and Chris White). Released as a single in 1972, and taken in a heavily-edited form from the band's album "All Together Now", it was a Top 5 hit in both the US and UK, peaking at #5 in both countries. The original lineup re-united to perform at the High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, in 2011 and did a short five-date tour as follow-up.

As well as Rod Argent, the other original members (most come from Hertfordshire, England) were drummer Robert Henrit and bassist Jim Rodford (later members of the Kinks) and guitarist/keyboardist Russ Ballard, who contributed to several compositions through the group's career (curiously some of Ballard's compositions became hits when they were covered by other bands, like Rainbow or Santana). When Russ Ballard left in 1973, his place was taken by guitarist and vocalist John Verity and guitarist John Grimaldi and there followed a period of intense recording and touring until the band decided to come off the road late in 1976.

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