Russ Ballard was part of the British Rock Group Argent from 1969 to 1974. Argent was an important time before Russ started his solo-career. See here the Argent discography including the 2 last albums (released after Russ has left the band), where John Verity and John Grimaldi joined Argent The band did reunite in 2010 for some live gigs, where the original line-up (Rod Argent, Jim Rodford, Bob Henrit and Russ Ballard) was back on stage.

“All I wanted to do in Argent was to write, to tour and see how far we could go. It was a spectacular time”