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Ray Davies

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  • Born: Muswell Hill, London, England
  • Years Active: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://www.raydavies.info/www/main.php?content=news
  • Recent Activity: 03.29.17 RT @philmcnulty: @davedavieskinks @mikewarburton @KinksMusical @TheKinks A truly great band. Saw this in Oxford recently - a night of clas…
  • Ray Davies

  • Ray Davies

  • Ray Davies


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Ray Davies was the lead singer, chief songwriter, and rhythm guitarist in the Kinks, one of the most long-lived of the British Invasion rock groups of the 1960s. In effect, the Kinks had always been merely a backup group for Davies, who wrote and sang nearly all their songs with only the occasional contribution from his brother, Dave, who played lead guitar in the group. At various times, Ray Davies made noises about dissolving the group and going solo, but for years the closest he came to it was taking solo credit for the soundtrack to his 1985 film, Return to Waterloo (which he wrote and directed), even though the music sounds as much like the Kinks as that on any regular Kinks record.

During the '90s, however, the Kinks gradually became inactive and Davies pursued other projects, starting with his semi-fictional 1995 memoir, X-Ray. He supported the book with a series of concerts subtitled Storyteller, where he played classic Kinks songs, read from the book, told stories, and showcased new songs. The Storyteller concerts sowed the seeds of a number of projects, including the music cable network VH1's recurring series of the same name. Davies himself released a book entitled Storyteller, filled with short stories, and a similarly titled album that captured one of his solo acoustic concerts. That record was his first solo effort since Return to Waterloo, and was released in the spring of 1998.

In late 2005 he released the benefit EP Thanksgiving Day. All net proceeds raised by the EP went to New Orleans music education programs. A year later the full-length Other People's Lives appeared, followed by Working Man's Cafe in 2008. A year later, in 2009, Davies released choral orchestral arrangements of some of his hit songs for The Kinks Choral Collection. Davies then devoted himself to See My Friends, an album project where he revisited his catalog with the assistance of such admirers as Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Alex Chilton, Black Francis, Jackson Browne, and Spoon.


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  • 03.29.17 RT @KinKsDanTheFan: #RayDavies Working at the Factory talks about the music Biz https://t.co/GokWVuQyNs @RayDaviesNews @TheKinks
  • 03.29.17 RT @BeeBauskis: Fab seeing the @KinksMusical last night. Bumping into @RayDDavies during intermission made it 100 times more amazing #TheKi…
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  • 03.29.17 RT @mikewarburton: Ok London - @KinksMusical is at @NewWimbTheatre all week. Come rock out with us! @TheKinks @davedavieskinks @HamillHims…
  • 03.28.17 RT @telegraphprem: Ray Davies interview: 'I'm easy to love but impossible to live with' https://t.co/p9376WRtuX
  • 03.28.17 RT @davedavieskinks: I wish the guy would have focused more on the record. We touched on UFOs because he said it was his main interest http…
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  • 03.27.17 RT @GH_Tourography: #OnThisDay in 1971, Glenn Hughes @glenn_hughes played LIVE w/ #TRAPEZE supporting @TheKinks @ Queens College in Flushin…
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  • 03.27.17 RT @davedavieskinks: . @MTSundayExpress editor Martin Townsend's pick for album of the week is new album Open Road by Dave & @russ_davies !…