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

Angelo Anderson
January 21, 2018

Jim Rodford, Zombies bassist and former musician for The Kinks, has died aged 76.

Although Rodford did not play for the band when they burst onto the scene in the '60s, he was credited by Davies as being an integral part of "The Kinks" in their later years. More details are not yet known about the exact cause of death.

Born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, where he lived his entire life, he began his musical career as a schoolboy during the skiffle boom, making an upright bass out of a tea chest, broom handle and string and playing it with a local group called the Bluetones.

Rodford declined, but Argent in his Facebook tribute credited him as "an enormous enabler" for the band which went on to have a major U.S. hit with She's Not There in 1964.

When the Zombies broke up in 1969, Rodford joined forces with his cousin to form Argent, scoring a Top Five hit in 1972 with "Hold Your Head Up".

In his tribute, Rod dubbed the rocker a "wonderful person" who will be "unbelievably missed", adding that he was so shocked when he heard the tragic news he could "hardly talk". He gave us absolutely unflagging commitment, loyalty and unbelievable energy for eighteen years, and our gratitude is beyond measure.To the end, Jim's life was dedicated to music. His dedication was rewarded with Doctorate Of Music, granted to him past year by the University Of Hertfordshire.

Rodford later joined the reunited The Zombies in 2004, and also played in bands the Bluetones and Mike Cotton Sound.

Rodford was The Kinks bassist for 18 years and performed on every album from 1979's Low Budget to 1993's Phobia, with the band later disbanding in 1996.

Fans have been paying tribute to the bass player. "Goodnight and God Bless dear friend".

"It is with deep sadness that we have learned that Jim Rodford passed away - he toured and recorded with the Kinks for many years and will be greatly missed".

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