Before the turn of the decade, former Zombie Rod Argent and his bassist cousin Jim Rodford drafted drummer Bob Henrit and guitarist Russ Ballard from the pop band Unit 4 + 2 to form Argent. The band clearly centered on the keyboard talents of its namesake, but also had gifted songwriters in Ballard and ex-Zombie Chris White. “Lothlorien” and the second side of 1971's Rings of Fire pointed to the progressive, but it would take the band a few more albums before they consummated that direction. Argent scored a massive hit with "Hold Your Head Up" in 1972, reaching No.
Hailing from Torino, Arti e Mestieri (“Art and Crafts”) combined the talents of keyboardist Beppe Crovella and drummer Furio Chirico. The latter had spent time in the The Trip, an odd Anglo-Italian group that once featured Ritchie Blackmore. The remainder of the band were previously in a local Turin group, Dream Of Archimedes, and included guitarist (and main composer) Gigi Venegoni, bassist Marco Gallesi, violinist and vocalist Giovanni Vigliar, and Arturo Vitale on wind instruments and vibes.
"Dear fans and friends of Birth Control,
Unfortunately I have to post a very, very sad message. On Tuesday, 02.18.2014, our drummer and singer Bernd "Nossi" Noske passed away! The funeral took place in silence in the circle of family.
Who would like to support Nossi's widow with a donation can be sure that these will be thankfully accepted! Kornelia Sommerfeld-Noske, Zum Bäumchen 9, D-53809 Ruppichteroth, Germany
"It is with great sadness to announce that Francesco Di Giacomo (the beloved tenor singer of Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso") passed away today from the result of a car accident. Details are sketchy about what caused the accident but it may be health related. Here is the posting on the internet and the English translation":
Submitted by Charles Snider on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 09:55
"Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) (translation: Award-winning Marconi Bakery) is an Italian progressive rock band. They were the first Italian group to have success abroad, entering both the British and American charts. Between 1973 and 1977 they released five albums with English lyrics. They also had several successful European and American tours, playing at the popular Reading Festival in England and on a very popular national television program in the U.S.A.
Formed in 1962 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, The Zombies’ combined the talents of keyboardist Rod Argent, vocalist Colin Blunstone, bassist Chris White, guitarist Paul Atkinson, and drummer Hugh Grundy. Like most bands of the British Invasion, they combined equal parts soul and beat, but The Zombies had that something extra: incredible musicality. Released in July 1964, “She’s Not There” b/w “You Make Me Feel Good” was to be their only chart hit in the UK, reaching No 12. But it eventually rose to No 2.