Hold Your Head Up – Argent – 1972

Argent Hold Your Head Up 1972The only charting single from a band remembered fondly for their 70s progressive rock – Argent’s 1972 hit, Hold Your Head Up.

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  • Argent were founded in 1969 in England by keyboardist Rod Argent, formerly of The Zombies.
  • Other members included: Jim Rodford who also played with The Kinks and The Swinging Blue Jeans; Bob Henrit and Russ Ballard, both members of The Roulettes; Bob was also in The Kinks.
  • Argent’s biggest hit (their only one to reach the charts) was 1972’s, Hold Your Head Up.
  • Argent recorded the original version of God Gave Rock and Roll to You.  It was written by Russ Ballard and later a hit for Kiss.
  • Between 1969 and 1976 Argent released seven albums before disbanding.  The original lineup reunited in 2010 for a short UK tour.

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  • Hold Your Head Up was written by Rod Argent and Chris White.  It appeared Argent’s third album, All Together Now.
  • Hold Your Head Up was Argent’s only single to chart; it peaked at #5 in both the US and the UK.
  • There were three versions of the song: the 6:15 long album version, the single version of 3:15, and the DJ edit which runs for 2:53.
  • Rick Wakeman cited the Hammond B3 solo as the greatest organ solo ever.
  • Covers include versions by, Steppenwolf, Uriah Heap and The Zombies.
  • Hold Your Head Up lyrics.

hold your head up – argent – 1972

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