Happy Birthday to James Walter “Jim” Rodford – born July 7, 1941!
James Walter “Jim” Rodford is an English musician who played with the Bluetones, the Kinks, the Swinging Blue Jeans and was a founding member of Argent. Rodford 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.
Rodford was born on 7 July 1941, in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he was a member of the Bluetones, the biggest band in St Albans at the time. Although he did not become a band member at this stage, Rodford was instrumental in helping his younger cousin Rod Argent form the Zombies in 1964. Rodford later joined the Mike Cotton Sound as a bass guitarist.
Along with Rod Argent, Rodford was one of the founding members of Argent. When Rod Argent quit the band, the remaining three members (Rodford, Bob Henrit, and John Verity) formed the short-lived band Phoenix. Eventually, Rodford joined the Kinks as a bass guitarist in 1978 and played with them until their final disintegration in 1996.