Rodney Terence "Rod" Argent
(born 14 June 1945)
English musician, singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Argent came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and keyboardist of the English rock band The Zombies, and went on to form the band Argent after the first break-up of The Zombies.
Argent is one of the main composers of The Zombies' music and made major lyrical contributions to the band's songs. As the band's keyboardist he used a variety of instruments, including the Mellotron, the harpsichord, and the organ.
Colin Edward Michael Blunstone
(born 24 June 1945)
English singer-songwriter and musician. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Blunstone came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the lead singer of the English rock band The Zombies, which released four singles that entered the Top 75 charts in the United States during the 1960s, including "She's Not There", "Tell Her No", "She's Coming Home", and "Time of the Season". Blunstone began his solo career in 1969, releasing three singles under a pseudonym of Neil MacArthur. Since then, he has released ten studio albums, and one live album under his real name. His solo hits include "She's Not There", "Say You Don't Mind", "I Don't Believe in Miracles", "How Could We Dare to Be Wrong", "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted", and "The Tracks of My Tears".
Christopher Taylor "Chris" White
(born 7 March 1943)
an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. White's music career spans more than 50 years. He came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the bass guitarist of the English rock band The Zombies. White is one of the main composers of the Zombies' music, and made major lyrical contributions to the band's songs.
(born 6 March 1945)
English musician. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Grundy came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the drummer of the English rock band The Zombies. He born in Winchester, Hampshire, England. While attending St Albans School in Hertfordshire, he met Paul Atkinson, and Rod Argent. Argent, Atkinson and Grundy first played together at a jam on Easter 1961 in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Argent wanted to form a band and Colin Blunstone and Paul Arnold joined in early 1961, while all five members were still at school. Arnold left not long afterward and was replaced by Chris White. The band started life as the Mustangs, but after discovering other bands using the name, they changed it to the Zombies. After the band won a local contest, they recorded a demo as their prize. Argent's song "She's Not There" got them a recording contract with Decca
Paul Ashley Warren Atkinson
(19 March 1946 – 1 April 2004)
British guitarist and record company executive best known as a founding member of the pop/rock band The Zombies. He was born in Cuffley, Hertfordshire, and educated at St Albans School. At St Albans, Atkinson met Rod Argent and Hugh Grundy, and the three formed a band initially called the Mustangs, later changed to The Zombies. Colin Blunstone and Paul Arnold joined the new band in early 1961, but Arnold soon left and was replaced by Chris White. After the group won a local contest, they recorded a demo as their prize. Argent's song "She's Not There" got them a deal with Decca and was a hit in the UK and US. The group continued to record successfully through the 1960s, but disbanded in December 1967, reportedly over management disagreements
James Walter "Jim" Rodford
(7 July 1941 - 20 January 2018)
English musician who played with the Bluetones, the Kinks, the Swinging Blue Jeans and was a founding member of Argent. He also played in the Animals II for two years, leaving to join the reformation of the Zombies in 2001. He also works with a group of former Kinks members, in the Kast Off Kinks.
Russell Glyn "Russ" Ballard
(31 October 1945)
An English singer, songwriter and musician.
Originally coming to prominence as the lead singer and guitarist for the band Argent, Ballard became known by the late 1970s as a songwriter and producer. His compositions "New York Groove", "You Can Do Magic", "Since You Been Gone", "Liar", "Winning", "I Know There's Something Going On", "So You Win Again" and "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" were hits for other artists during the 1970s and 80s. He also scored several minor hits under his own name in the early/mid-1980s.Ballard was initially a guitarist, joining Buster Meikle & The Day Breakers in 1961 together with his older brother Roy and their friend the drummer Bob Henrit. After a stint with The Roulettes, backing Adam Faith, he then went on to join Unit 4 + 2 in the early 1960s, before becoming the lead singer and guitarist of Argent (along with Henrit, who joined as drummer), writing their hit "God Gave Rock and Roll to You", which would later be covered by both Petra and KISS. Ballard is most well known as the vocalist on Argent's smash "Hold Your Head Up". In 1972, Ballard performed on Colin Blunstone's album Ennismore, which was produced by Chris White. Ballard also wrote the hit single, "I Don't Believe in Miracles", which featured on that album. He left Argent in 1974 and pursued a solo and songwriting career. He wrote such hits as Three Dog Night's "Liar" (originally recorded by Argent), Hot Chocolate's 1977 UK chart topper "So You Win Again", and Rainbow's 1979 hit "Since You Been Gone". Head East had also recorded the song in 1978 for its self-titled album, and before that it was included in Ballard's 1976 solo album Winning. Ballard also wrote Rainbow's 1981 No. 3 (UK) hit "I Surrender".
Robert John "Bob" Henrit
(born 2 May 1944, in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England)
An English drummer who has been a member of several musical groups, including Buster Meikle & The Daybreakers, Unit 4 + 2, The Roulettes, Argent and The Kinks.
The Beatles photo-shoot for 1964/5 Christmas Shows held at the Odeon Hammersmith, London. Oh, and yes, that is Argent's, The Kinks' and The Zombies' JIM RODFORD on stage with The Mike Cotton Sound. The shows ran from 24 December 1964 through to 16 January 1965. Incidentally, earlier that December (3rd), at the ABC Regal Cinema in Edinburgh the following all performed: Gerry & The Pacemakers, Gene Pitney, The Kinks, Marianne Faithfull, The Mike Cotton Sound (with Jim Rodford), and a certain Davie Jones & The Manish Boys (unbilled), David Bowie of course….quite a bill that one!