Jim Rodford played with some of the biggest names from the 1960s and 70s, but never lost his commitment to his home town.

In January we gave a fond farewell to the musician, who played bass with the Kinks and The Zombies, died on Saturday after a fall. He was 76.

Rodford, who last year received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire at St Albans Cathedral for services to music, had been a part of the music scene in the city ever since he was a member of the Bluetones in the 1950s and 60s.

His cousin Rod Argent, who he performed with in Argent, said: “To the end, Jim’s life was dedicated to music. He was unfailingly committed to local music - an ever present member of the local scene.”