Jim Rodford, the former bassist for The Kinks and The Zombies, and also a founding member of Argent, has passed away, aged 76.
The musician’s death was confirmed by Rodford’s bandmate, Rod Argent:
“It is with deep sadness that I learned this morning that my dear cousin and lifelong friend, Jim Rodford, died this morning (January 20) 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. To the end, Jim’s life was dedicated to music. He was unfailingly committed to local music an ever present member of the local scene in St. Albans, where he had spent his whole life.”
Rodford joined The Kinks in 1978. Spending 18 years in the band, and contributing to all of their releases between 1979 and 1993. He also played with The Zombies when they reunited in 2004, and was involved in the original line up.
The Kinks’ Twitter page paid tribute to Rodford:
I’m devastated Jim’s sudden loss I’m too broken up to put words together it’s such a shock i always thought Jim would live forever in true rock and roll fashion – strange – great friend great musician great man – he was an integral part of theKinks later years RIP #JimRodford pic.twitter.com/rL5vAuuVwp
— Dave Davies (@davedavieskinks) January 20, 2018
Dave Davies also wrote his own individual message to his bandmate:
“I’m devastated at Jim’s sudden loss, I’m too broken up to put words together it’s such a shock I always thought Jim would live forever in true rock and roll fashion – strange – great friend, great musician, great man – he was an integral part of the Kinks.”
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