The word is that Jim Rodford, bass man with Argent and later the Kinks, has died in a fall. I recall seeing him a few years ago at a small open-air country music/Americana event in Belfast, playing bass with a US C&W singer, whose name I forget, smiling throughout, sight-reading the whole set from a music stand. Apparently, the band’s own bass player had a problem and Jim was flown in at short notice. He did a great job. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, it’s the guy from Argent… and I imagine everyone else here neither knows that nor cares…’ By all accounts a very nice guy.
Here he is in 1973 playing a catamaran, and holding his head up: