Rod was born in 1945 in St. Albans. His early musical education consisted of a couple of years piano lessons and several years as a member of St.Albans Cathedral Choir.
In 1956, he heard Elvis sing 'Hound Dog', and in that moment fell in love with rock 'n' roll. He soon went to his first live gig - featuring his older cousin Jim Rodford (later to play bass with 'Argent', and now playing with 'The Kinks') on tea chest bass. Starstruck, he knew that he somehow had to be part of what was going on, and immediately vowed that one day he would have his own group. Three years later, at the age of 16, he formed 'The Zombies'.
Between 1961 and 1963, 'The Zombies' quickly built a reputation as one of the best groups in and around St. Albans, and in a 1963 they secured a record deal with Decca after winning the 'Herts Beat' contest. Rod wrote 'She's Not There' especially for the first recording session (only his second ever song), and the subsequent record was a hit all over the world, going to Number 1 in the US 'Cash Box' charts (No 3 in 'Billboard'). More »
Instrument: Kawai MP8