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Hertfordshire, England (1969 – 1976, 2010 – present)

Argent is an English rock band founded in 1969 by Rod Argent after his previous band, The Zombies, broke up. Argent’s biggest hit was “Hold Your Head Up” (written by Rod Argent and Chris White). Released as a single in 1972, and taken in a heavily-edited form from the band’s album “All Together Now”, it was a Top 5 hit in both the US and UK, peaking at #5 in both countries. The original lineup re-united to perform at the High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, in 2011 and did a short five-date tour as follow-up.

As well as Rod Argent, the other original members (most come from Hertfordshire, England) were drummer Robert Henrit and bassist Jim Rodford (later members of The Kinks) and guitarist/keyboardist Russ Ballard, who contributed to several compositions through the group’s career (curiously some of Ballard’s compositions became hits when they were covered by other bands, like Rainbow or Santana). When Russ Ballard left in 1973, his place was taken by guitarist and vocalist John Verity and guitarist John Grimaldi and there followed a period of intense recording and touring until the band decided to come off the road late in 1976.

The original Argent lineup re-united at the High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, on July 25, 2010. They undertook a short five date concert tour in December 2010, with gigs in Frome, Southampton, Wolverhampton, Leamington Spa and London.

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  • MarcelaLSD

    Highwire. <3

    17 Aug 12:42am Reply
  • futurolvidado

    "The Coming Of Kohoutek"

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • JLucasACDC

    como he's a dynamo nao esta no top...

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • SabbathHippy

    http://www.last.fm/group/Argent The only Argent group!!

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Espek

    Bijelo dugme, problably the most popular rock band in former Yugoslavia, has a song named "Sta bi dao da si na mom mjestu". That song is actually Argent's "I am the Dance of Ages" rip-off. :) Thank Goran Bregovic for that. :)

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • SabbathHippy

    Keep on rollin'... Fantastic song!

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • deuce-86

    The first album is a masterpiece!!

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
  • macnoetz

    i agree with GunsNRosesChick .

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    Schoolgirl is one of the best songs of all time.

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • locquacious

    I concur with the general trend of these wonderful messages. I have to say that their most popular track, "Hold Your Head Up" has to be one of my all time favourite songs - whenever I hear it I want it to go on forever. Anyone know what Rod Argent is doing now (musically, that is, lol!)

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Merc190E

    I chose Argent – God Gave Rock And Roll To You to be my 10,000th Song to be scrobbled .. I think it's just appropriate

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Nololob

    Nexus is such an underrated album.

    28 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Nololob

    I'm so happy I bought their 5 first albums. For just £11.99.

    27 Jul 2010 Reply
  • JoeAzzara

    Cyco music at it's best. Take another toke brother.

    3 Jun 2010 Reply
  • marcelodylan

    SCHOOOOOOOOOOLGIRLLLLLLLLLL SCHOOOOOOOOOOLGIRLLLLLLLLLL

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • mepeterb

    one of my all time favourite songs

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • nikola_zama

    And much underated!

    27 Mar 2010 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    awsome band

    11 Feb 2010 Reply
  • fanthom7

    They are a great band...

    23 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Ton87

    The first time I listened to Argent, I was expecting something like the Zombies and I was a bit disappointed. Argent hasn't got very much to do musically with the Zombies, it's a terrific progrock band! Great music.

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
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