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After the Zombies} broke up, keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent} formed his own band in 1969, which incorporated more classical}, jazz}, and art rock} influences in accordance with Argent}'s musical training. The group's other members were guitarist/songwriter Russ Ballard}, bassist Jim Rodford}, and drummer Bob Henrit}. Argent}'s first two albums, Argent} and Ring of Hands}, received a fair amount of critical acclaim, but their real breakthrough came with 1972's All Together Now}, which contained the Top Five smash "Hold Your Head Up"}; In Deep} produced a minor hit in "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You,"} which was covered by Kiss} in 1992. By 1974, Ballard} had developed his songwriting talents enough to leave for a solo career (Three Dog Night} had a Top Ten single in 1971 with his "Liar,"} from Argent}), and was replaced by guitarist John Verity} and string player John Grimaldi}. Without Ballard}, the group lost its focus and indulged its tendencies toward extended art rock} passages and improvisational solos to somewhat excessive levels. Argent} broke up in 1976; Rodford} joined the Kinks}, while Argent} himself recorded several solo albums and became a record producer, working with Tanita Tikaram}, among others. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

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