Hold Your Head Up – Argent

Argent were an English rock band founded in 1968 by keyboardist Rod Argent, formerly of The Zombies.

The other original members were bassist Jim Rodford (Rod Argent’s cousin and formerly with the Mike Cotton Sound), drummer Robert Henrit and guitarist/keyboardist Russ Ballard (both formerly with The Roulettes and Unit 4 + 2). Lead vocal duties were shared between Ballard and Argent.

Rod Argent, Chris White (former Zombies bassist) and Russ Ballard were the group’s songwriters. Some of Ballard’s compositions became hits when they were covered by other artists, including Kiss, Rainbow, Hello and Santana.

When Ballard left in 1974, he was replaced by guitarist/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. Rodford, Henrit and Verity briefly continued together under the name Phoenix before going their separate ways, with first Rodford and then Henrit becoming members of The Kinks.

Hold Your Head Up


And if it’s bad
Don’t let it get you down, you can take it.
And if it hurts
Don’t let them see you cry, you can take it.

Hold your head up (woman), hold your head up (woman)
Hold your head up (woman), hold your head high.

And if they stare
Just let them burn their eyes on you moving.
And if they shout
Don’t let them change a thing what you’re doing.

Hold your head up (woman), hold your head up (woman)
Hold your head up (woman), hold your head high

  • Audio from the 1972 album, All Together Now:


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DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

One thought on “Hold Your Head Up – Argent

  1. I would not have been able to name this band had I not seen this post. The song, however, I have heard many, many times on the classic rock station I grew up on near Little Rock, Arkansas. I never knew it was that old, either.

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