ENGLAND (CelebrityAccess) Jim Rodford, 76, former bassist for the Zombies, Argent and Kinks, died from a fatal fall in England Jan. 20. Rodford had just completed a tour with The Zombies in Florida, having performed Jan. 14. Rod Argent, founder of The Zombies, was also cousins with Rodford and announced on the band’s Facebook page, “It is with deep sadness that I learned this morning that my dear cousin and lifelong friend, Jim Rodford, died this morning after a fall on the stairs.
“Jim was not only a magnificent bass player, but also from the first inextricably bound to the story of the Zombies.”
Rodford began his career playing bass in the 1950s with skiffle band The Bluetones, then formed The Zombies alongside Rodford in 1961, declining to join the band but coaching them. He joined Argent’s eponymous band in 1968, performing on “Hold Your Head Up” and “God Gave Rock & Roll To You.” He left Argent in 1976 to join The Kinks then, when they broke up in 1996, joined the resurrected version of The Zombies in 1999.