This was the only US Top 40 hit for Argent, who were named for their keyboard player Rod Argent, previously a member of The Zombies. This song was written by Chris White, who was The Zombies' bass player.
Argent performed the song on the British TV show Top Of The Pops, and attracted a much wider audience as a result. In Creem magazine, July 1972, their guitarist Russ Ballard, who sang lead on this track, explained: "People are getting a shock when they realize that not all of our numbers are like 'Hold Your Head Up.' We're attracting a lot of people who've seen us on Top Of The Pops – people who would normally dismiss us as being just another progressive band.
The song was written for us by Chris White who was in the Zombies and who now produces us as well as being a co-writer with Rod. Originally it was just another album track but CBS chose it as being suitable for a single. I would say that Chris has adapted his writing recently to the way we play on stage. Even now with 'Hold Your Head Up,' disc jockeys talk over part of the introduction because it's a bit distasteful to mother's ears!"
The radio version was about 2 minutes shorter than the album version, which runs 6:18.
Soandso from NolaThese lyrics are not correct. "Hold your head up, oh" should be "Hold your head up, woman". Which lends itself to the meaning: men empowering women. As for lead, "Lead vocal duties were shared between Ballard, Rodford and Argent" on all songs, and Ballard on this one; per their wikipedia page: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argent_(band)
Bill from UsWhat the comment below should say is = On June 11th 1972 "Hold Your Head Up" by Argent entered the charts and radio stations proceeded to play it over and over at least 200 times a day the entire summer! At least that's what it seemed like....!
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 11th 1972, "Hold Your Head Up" by Argent entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #82; and on August 20th it peaked at #5 (for 2 weeks) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100... And on its 15th and final week on the Top 100 it was at position #42 and then it fell off the chart completely... The last time Rod Argent was on the Top 100 was in 1969, when as a member of the Zombies, "Time of the Season" peaked at #3 on March 23rd, 1969.
Dave from Dschulps@premiereradio.com, CaWho sings lead on this? Is it Russ or Rod?
Jack from Mesa, Azthere's so few lyrics it just seems to me like a don't-let-the-world-get-you-down song... Pretty good though...
Steve from Whittier, CaHmm..no comments..I've always wondered, and no one has siad, what this is about. Apparently, it's about a guy whose girl's expected to leave but is leaving to tell off anyone else, or is expected to stay and leaves...it's a mystique to the song there, I hope somebody elese would write in. Radio, single version 3:38. except for the 2:53 DJ edit. Favorite line, the opener for second/third-"And if they stare...just lets them burn their eyes.." veyr sadistic..trying using Peter Lorre's voice for that.