John Verity (born 3 July 1949, Bradford, West Yorkshire) was an English guitarist with the band Argent from 1973 to 1976. When Argent split up, he formed Phoenix with Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford. The band recorded three albums with CBS Records and toured Europe before disbanding. Rodford joined the Kinks, Verity and Henrit joined Charlie, to record an album with RCA Records. Verity produced the Phoenix albums and Charlie album as well as the first Saxon album. During the early 1980s Verity worked with Brian Connolly (former vocalist with Sweet) in an attempt to launch him as a solo artist. A single, "Hypnotised" was released on Carrere Records in 1982 produced by Verity, and written by Joe Lynn Turner. Verity was part of Connolly's backing band Encore when they supported Pat Benatar at the beginning of 1983. The line up of this band formed the basis of Verity's own band, which went on release several albums including Interrupted Journey. He frequently plays with his band in and around Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. He also has many acoustic gigs as a duo with either Max Milligan or Mark Griffiths, as well as with the band. The usual line up features Henrit on drums and Mark Griffiths on bass.