The Kinks and Argent bassist Jim Rodford has died aged 76.
His cousin and longtime bandmate Rod Argent confirmed his death on The Zombies’ official Facebook page, saying the musician had taken a fall on the stairs and passed away on Saturday.
Taking to Facebook, Rod wrote: ‘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. More details are not yet known about the exact cause of death.
‘Jim was not only a magnificent bass player, but also from the first inextricably bound to the story of The Zombies. An enormous enabler for us.’
He continued: ‘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.’
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. He was much loved by all of us #JimRodfordhttps://t.co/LmWFGd9ZRV
— TheKinksOfficial (@TheKinks) January 20, 2018
The Kinks also paid tribute to Rodford, who acted as their bass player following John Dalton’s exit from the band in 1978, writing: ‘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. He was much loved by all of us.’
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.
He was also a founding member of band Argent, with his cousin Rod, and performed with them between 1969 until they disbanded in 1976.
Rodford later joined the reunited The Zombies in 2004, and also played in bands the Bluetones and Mike Cotton Sound.