Dave Davies
English musician
Dave Davies
David Russell Gordon "Dave" Davies is an English rock musician best known for his role as lead guitarist and vocalist for the English rock band The Kinks. In 2003, Davies was ranked 88th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"
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Aging And Unstable, The Nation's Electrical Grid Is 'The Weakest Link'
NPR - 6 months
In her new book, The Grid, Gretchen Bakke argues that the under-funded power grid is incapable of taking the U.S. into a new energy future. She explains the challenges to Fresh Air's Dave Davies.
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Race, Crime Are Big Issues In Philly Mayor’s Race
Here And Now - WBUR - almost 2 years
Protesters march past City Hall during a demonstration over the death of Freddy Gray outside City Hall on April 30, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Mark Makela/Getty Images) Six Democrats and one Republican are vying to become Philadelphia’s next mayor, as Michael Nutter ends his second and last term in the position. The Democratic primary election is coming up on May 19th and the winner is almost guaranteed to become mayor in the majority Democratic town. Reporter Dave Davies of Here & Now contributing station WHYY tells host Robin Young about how the issues of race and police tactics are playing out in the campaign, and the role of Super PACs in supporting candidates. Guest Dave Davies, senior reporter at WHYY in Philadelphia and fill-in host for Terry Gross on Fresh Air. He tweets @DaveDaviesWHYY. Related: The Next Mayor - Coverage of the 2015 Philadelphia mayoral race - Philly.com Tame affair at televised Philly mayoral debate — NewsWorks
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Shortened Term Limited JFK's Accomplishments, But Not His Contributions
NPR - over 3 years
Fresh Air's Dave Davies discusses John F. Kennedy's abbreviated term in office with presidential historian Robert Dallek, who finds that while you can make an argument that Kennedy accomplished little, he represents something special in the American experience. Dallek's latest book is Camelot's Court: Inside The Kennedy White House. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Katz rejects buyout offer, open to outside management of Inquirer (Dave Davies/NewsWorks)
Mediagazer - over 3 years
Dave Davies / NewsWorks: Katz rejects buyout offer, open to outside management of Inquirer … The battle over the future of the Philadelphia Inquirer has taken an interesting turn, with co-owner George Norcross and his allies publicly offering to buy out adversaries Lewis Katz and H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest for $29 million.
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Music News: Black Sabbath to Release Their First Album with Ozzy in 35 Years
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
Music News: Black Sabbath to Release Their First Album with Ozzy in 35 Years Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 3:36 pm, Saturday, January 19, 2013 With the release of their self-titled debut album in 1970, Black Sabbath invented the first true heavy metal album. The original lineup released eight albums between 1970-1978, but the band sacked Ozzy after Never Say Die! came out in their final year together (1978). With all due respect to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, and even Dave Davies' guitar riff on The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," the Black Sabbath album set the template. From the opening tritone sequence of Iommi's guitar, to Ozzy's frightening intonation of the words "What is this that stands before me," and the pure doom that infused the whole of "Black Sabbath," this song was unrelen ...
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Black Friday Deals Lure Shoppers Earlier Than Ever
Huffington Post - over 4 years
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. -- Gravy was still warm. Dallas Cowboys were still in uniform. Thanks were still being given across the country as the pilgrimages to the stores began, heralding a new era of American consumerism. Lured by earlier-than-ever Black Friday sales, people left Grandma and Grandpa in search of Samsung and Toshiba. They did not go blindly: In dozens of interviews, people acknowledged how spending has become inseparable from the holidays. Older folks pined for the days of Erector Sets and Thumbelinas while in line to pay iPad prices. Even some younger shoppers said it felt wrong to be spending money instead of quality time on Thanksgiving. "But we're still out here," said Kelly Jackson, a paralegal who was standing inside a Best Buy store in the Pittsburgh suburbs, a 32-inch television ($189) in her cart. It was a consolation prize: Despite four hours on line, she missed the cheaper 40-inchers ($179) that she had heard about while listening to Internet r ...
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Binky Philips: Binky's Revenge: My Own Damned Most Influential Guitarists List!
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I have long had a love/hate relationship with The Top 10 (20, 50, 100) All Time Guitarist lists. As in, I love to see how much hatred and rage they can generate in my arrogant pedantic know-it-all bile-soaked soul. It is absolutely guaranteed that at some point, a guy who doesn't belong within a fer-piece of any list will be ranked far above a Giant, and I'll want to tear the heads off the dolts who had the temerity to write/publish such tripe. So, in that spirit, I've decided to have my head torn off. I've been writing for Huffington Post since June of 2010 and it only occurred to me last week, Hey, I have a forum! I can make my own damn list. Oh, boy! Oh, boy! [Check my archive... I have plenty of posts about plenty of the guitarists mentioned in this one.] You are about to embark on a journey (sorry, no Neil Schon) into the mind of a Total Dick when it comes to the subject of (guitars and) guitar players. It's simple, really... I know more than you. Nyaaaah Nyaaah ...
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Garden Calendar: today and coming events
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
Today:Guided Public Tour: Arboretum plant sale preview. Get a sneak peek at the inventory to be offered at the Fall 2012 plant sale. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. UC Davis Arboretum, One Shields Ave., Davis. Learn all about growing orchids during a class starting at 9 a.m. today with the El Dorado County Master Gardeners.
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DAVE DAVIES OFF MIC (Dave Davies/Off Mic)
Memeorandum - over 4 years
Dave Davies / Off Mic: DAVE DAVIES OFF MIC  —  Obama campaign aides ban voter interviews outside rally  —  There seems to be an error with the player !  —  Listen to the audio version of the story  —  Presidential campaign events are always orchestrated stage shows, and reporters are used to campaigns doing …
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Music Review: The Kinks - UK Jive
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music Review: The Kinks - UK Jive Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 9:00 a.m., Friday, August 3, 2012 The Kinks were about to be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they preceded that event with the release of one of the weaker albums of their career. Entertainment for Ray Davies was rape, murder, and other sundry thoughts from the dark side of existence, which he wraps up into an excellent rocker. Later CD issues are superior to the original release as they contain two Dave Davies-written bonus tracks which, when combined with his last track on the original release, make for three fairly good songs in a row. The poignant "Dear Margaret," the hard-rocking "Bright Lights," and the six minute "Perfect Strangers," which explores one night stands, combine for about 12 minutes of solid musi ...
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School accountability: Charting a new course here
ajc - over 4 years
Two recent controversies highlight the need for the General Assembly to reconsider the fiscal checks and balances in place as it expands school choice options for Georgia families. Read the three commentaries and then comment below: By the AJC Editorial Board The popularity of magnet schools and the surge in charter schools attest to the fact that many Georgia families want more options than the public school down the road. But in their haste to expand choice, lawmakers failed to shore up a critical element: Accountability. In its efforts to provide parents with more choices, the General Assembly created a state commission to approve charter schools over the objections of local boards of education. That effort was derailed by a 2011 state Supreme Court ruling. Voters will be asked to reinstate the commission in November. Lawmakers also approved a private school tax credit designed to help poor kids in underperforming schools attend private schools. Using the 2008 Qualified ...
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Music Review: The Kinks - Give The People What They Want
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music Review: The Kinks - Give The People What They Want Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 10:37 p.m., Monday, June 11, 2012 Even when they returned to a straight rock format and commercial success, Davies still traveled his own musical journey rather than pandering to the whims of music buying public. [...] The Kinks were comprised of guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Ray Davies, lead guitarist Dave Davies, drummer Mick Avory, bassist Jim Rodford, and keyboardist Ian Gibbons. [...] tracks such as the chilling "Killer's Eyes," "A Little Bit Of Abuse," "Yo-Yo," and even the title track found the band exploring the dark side of life. If you can shut out the lyrics to some of the tracks, the album becomes a lot more palatable but it ultimately remains an album for Kinks fans who want it all.
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Music Review: The Kinks - Low Budget
Seattle Pi - almost 5 years
Music Review: The Kinks - Low Budget Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 11:51 a.m., Friday, May 25, 2012 If you read the lyrics to the songs that form The Kinks' 1979 release, Low Budget, you may think that Ray Davies had some sort of concept album in mind. Disco and punk rock were in in vogue when The Kinks went into the studio during early 1979. Low Budget only lists the basic band of guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Ray Davies, lead guitarist Dave Davies, bassist Jim Rodford, and drummer Mick Avory. When Dave Davies guitar kicked in on the opening track, "Attitude," and Ray sings about making fun of a fool, it was quickly apparent that The Kinks were in fine form.
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
Music previews for the week of May 17-23. THURSDAY 5/17 SCHOOLBOY Q, CASSOW, EMMORAL (Peter's Room at Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Don't get the name twisted: LA's Schoolboy Q is not some backpack-wearing conscious rapper. Though he earned the moniker from an older member of the Hoover Crip gang (with which he was once affiliated) for earning good grades and starring in multiple sports in high school, Q excels at gritty street raps with enough lyrical chops and flow switches to avoid the repetitive hole some of this stuff falls into. His second official full-length, Habits & Contradictions, was front-to-back solid, and remains one of the strongest rap releases I've heard in 2012. MIKE RAMOS WIZARD BOOTS, OBJECTS IN SPACE, SLUTTY HEARTS (Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) Christopher Elsken has been keeping his far-out band Wizard Boots going for years, creeping out of the woodwork just enough to keep everyone looking over their shoulders. And with ...
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Osberg out as publisher of Daily News, Inquirer - Bob Hall is back (Dave Davies/News Works)
Mediagazer - almost 5 years
Dave Davies / News Works: Osberg out as publisher of Daily News, Inquirer - Bob Hall is back  —  Greg Osberg, the subject of a lot of controversy in February, has stepped down as publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, which were bought by a group of local investors a few weeks back.
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Bruno says it’s over to Champneys spa
Hemel Today - almost 5 years
LEGENDARY boxer Frank Bruno has made it public that his relationship with the posh health spa Champneys is over. Neither camp will comment on why this has happened but Frank’s agent Dave Davies has confirmed that the former heavyweight champion will now be using gyms under Fitness First. He said: “The deal is Frank can use any of the Fitness First gyms around the country so he will be using the Berkhamsted one, which is local to him. “It’s early days yet to say what other things he will be doing with the gym. I need him to get 100 per cent well first. “As for why the relationship with Champneys has ended, let’s just say it just has. The reason isn’t for public knowledge really.” Champneys also said it can’t comment on Frank’s decision not to use its facilities anymore. The former boxer famously recovered from his 2003 nervous breakdown at Champneys and became a regular sight at the Tring spa until this year but on April 2 he posted on his official website that the relationship ha ...
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Heads up: Appearing on Fresh Air tomorrow on NPR
Discover Magazine - almost 5 years
Recently I talked with Dave Davies, guest host on Fresh Air, about viruses and other things invisible. Our conversation airs tomorrow (Tuesday 4/17) on National Public Radio. More details can be found on the program’s web site.
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Southern Miss Purchases 700 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablets - Mobile bloom News
Google News - over 5 years
Dean Dave Davies said they chose the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet because of the wafer thin design, ultralight weight and portability, as well as advanced feature set. He also pointed out that the Tab 10.1 has video recording capabilities which could
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Ray Davies - How a lonely Londoner created one of the great Sixties songs - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Dave Davies, The Kinks guitarist and Ray's combative, crucial foil, who is these days estranged from his brother, remembers everyone chipping in devotedly. "Apart from the vocal lines and the guitar riff at the beginning, I think the arrangement
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dave Davies
  • 2015
    Age 68
    In 2015 the Dave Davies solo album Rippin Up New York City was released on Red River Entertainment.
    More Details Hide Details Dave Davies embarked on a solo tour to promote the album in the USA in October and November. On 18 December he was joined onstage by brother Ray Davies to perform the Kinks' hit 'You Really Got Me' together at Dave Davies' concert in London at the Islington Assembly Hall. This marked the first time in nearly 20 years that the brothers had appeared and performed together. Other bandmembers included Jonathan Lea on second guitar, Tom Currier on bass, Dennis Diken of the Smithereens on drums and Debi Doss and Rebecca Wilson on backing vocals. Davies has played a number of guitars over time, the most recognizable of which is his Gibson Flying V. Davies bought it in 1965, and soon began appearing live and on TV performances with it. Davies was one of the few guitarists who played Flying Vs at the time. It was, in that period, out of issue due to lack of interest upon its 1958 test release, and models were numbered. Guitarists like Lonnie Mack, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King and Davies himself helped stir interest in the instrument, and it would eventually become one of the signature guitars of the heavy metal era.
  • 2014
    Age 67
    Davies appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote the album in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details This episode was the highest rated Tonight Show episode in 2014.
    In October 2014, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Kinks, a new album by Davies, with many tracks looking back to the start of the band, titled Rippin' Up Time was released.
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    Dave Davies performed his first UK show in thirteen years in February 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 66
    It was announced in February 2013 that on 4 June 2013, Davies would be releasing his sixth studio album entitled I Will Be Me worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details Davies undertook a short tour of the US to promote the album.
  • 2010
    Age 63
    In February 2010, Davies released an autobiographical DVD filmed by his other son, titled Mystical Journey.
    More Details Hide Details His planned US tour in support of the release was postponed per doctor's advice.
    Two Worlds was recorded throughout 2010 by The Aschere Project, the production team of Dave Davies and his son Russ Davies.
    More Details Hide Details Both members wrote, produced, and recorded all the tracks. About the album's genre, Dave stated "it’s a mixture of rock, kinda classical and electronic music."
  • 2002
    Age 55
    Davies released his first true solo studio album in twenty years, Bug, in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Fractured Mindz followed in January 2007, his first album of all new material in nearly five years. It was also his first new studio effort since his stroke in the summer of 2004 besides the track "God in my Brain" (which was recorded and released on the compilation album Kinked in January 2006).
  • 1996
    Age 49
    Davies published an autobiography, entitled Kink, in 1996, in which he discussed a brief period of bisexuality in the late 1960s, which included a brief relationship with Long John Baldry and music producer Michael Aldred. He also wrote of the tense professional relationship with his brother over the Kinks' 30-year career. Dave became involved in a personal relationship with "Kate" Gina Hague from 1997 to 2012.
    More Details Hide Details On 30 June 2004, Davies suffered a stroke while exiting a lift at Broadcasting House, where he had been promoting his then current album, Bug. He was taken to University College Hospital in Euston. Davies was released from the hospital on 27 August. Davies said in a 2006 interview: By 2006, Davies had recovered enough to be able to walk, talk and play guitar. In September 2013 Rolling Stone magazine wrote about Davies and his girlfriend Rebecca G. Wilson.
  • 1980
    Age 33
    After the aborted solo effort, Davies' solo career was not revived until 1980, with the release of Dave Davies (AFL1-3603), which featured Davies performing all the instruments by himself.
    More Details Hide Details The album, named after its own serial number, peaked at #42 on the Billboard 200. He went on to release Glamour (1981), which charted at #152. Davies brought in a back-up band to play with him on this record. Chosen People was released in 1983, but failed to crack the Billboard 200.
  • 1978
    Age 31
    His composition and earnest, almost desperate lead vocals, not to mention his particularly ripping lead guitar sound, led to airplay — especially on college stations — for his idealistic "Trust Your Heart" on the 1978 Misfits album.
    More Details Hide Details Davies would see the group through both success and failure, as they reached their commercial peak in the early 1980s. The group began adjusting their commercial methods, embracing the MTV culture that was selling records at the time. The music video for their 1982/83 single "Come Dancing" helped hoist the record to #12 on the UK charts, and #6 in the U.S — their biggest hit since "Tired of Waiting for You" in 1965. The song was a nostalgic look back at childhood memories of the Davies brothers, remembering their elder sisters going out to dance at the local palais, and coming back home to the front room at 6 Denmark Terrace. The Kinks' popularity faltered in 1985, and soon their records ceased to chart altogether. Mick Avory left the band after the Kinks' last album for Arista, Word of Mouth, mainly due to the growing animosity between him and Dave Davies. Ray Davies said that Avory was his best friend in the band and he unwillingly had to choose sides, as said later in a 1989 interview:
  • 1975
    Age 28
    Ray Davies commented on his brother's studio and solo work in a November 1975 interview:
    More Details Hide Details The Kinks left RCA Records in 1977, switching to Arista. The group shed all of the extra backing vocalists and brass instrumentalists that had accompanied them throughout their theatrical years, and reverted to a five-piece rock group again. Their debut LP for Arista was entitled Sleepwalker, and was a commercial and critical comeback for the group. It was the first album in what critics usually call the "arena rock" phase of the group, in which more commercial and mainstream production techniques would be employed. Dave later commented that he was glad to be back to more guitar-oriented songs, and he has listed Sleepwalker as one of his favourites.
  • 1968
    Age 21
    Upon its release, "Death of a Clown" rose to number three on the UK Singles Chart. Wanting to profit from the new buzz suddenly surrounding Davies, a solo LP was slated for release some time in 1968 or 1969.
    More Details Hide Details The follow-up single, "Susannah's Still Alive", was released in November 1967; however, it only reached #20 on the Melody Maker chart. The release of the solo album was held back, and it was decided to wait and see how another single would fare. As anticipation grew for the release of the new LP, it was nicknamed A Hole in the Sock Of. "Lincoln County" was chosen as the next single, but failed to chart. By the time a fourth single "Hold My Hand" met with the same result, a combination of Davies' own lack of interest in continuing and Pye's decision to stop killed off any hopes of an album. Eventually the tracks intended for Davies' first solo album were assembled for a 2011 compilation by Andrew Sandoval entitled Hidden Treasures. It combined the singles, B-sides that were released for various Kinks singles and a handful of album tracks that Dave had recorded for Kinks albums. Three tracks included on "Hidden Treasures" had never been released before until this compilation "Do You Wish To Be A Man", "Crying" and "Are You Ready". Many of these tracks had been assembled previously for "The Album That Never Was" released in 1987 but this album primarily consisted of the released singles and B-sides that Davies recorded and released from 1967-1969.
  • 1967
    Age 20
    In 1967 Davies married Lisbet (a cousin of Pete Quaife's first wife, Annette) and they divorced in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details From that marriage, Davies has four sons: Martin, Simon, Christian and Russell. His three children Daniel, Lana, and Eddie are from a relationship with Nancy Evans. Dave briefly reunited with Sue Sheehan in the late 90s.
    In July 1967, Davies released his first solo single, credited entirely under his name, (although co-written by his brother and fellow Kinks member Ray Davies) entitled "Death of a Clown".
    More Details Hide Details In the past, as a member of the Kinks, Dave Davies had only released his own compositions on B-sides and as part of albums. The Kinks' record label sensed potential sales in a solo release from the overlooked Davies, and issued "Death of a Clown" as his debut. Although credited to Davies, it was technically a Kinks recording, as his backing band was the Kinks.
  • 1965
    Age 18
    The most notorious incident was at the Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales, in May 1965, involving drummer Mick Avory and Dave Davies.
    More Details Hide Details The fight broke out during the second number of the set, "Beautiful Delilah". It culminated with Davies insulting Avory and kicking over his drum set after finishing the first song, "You Really Got Me". Avory responded by knocking down Davies with his hi-hat stand, rendering him unconscious. He then fled from the scene, and Davies was taken to Cardiff Royal Infirmary, where he received 16 stitches to the head. Avory later claimed that it was part of a new act in which the band members would hurl their instruments at each other. During the late 1960s the group steadily evolved, as Ray's songwriting skills developed and he began to lead the group in a whole new direction. The group abandoned the traditional R&B/blues sound and adopted a more nostalgic, reflective style of music, as showcased on songs like "Autumn Almanac" and "Waterloo Sunset", as well as their albums, such as Something Else by the Kinks and The Village Green Preservation Society.
  • 1963
    Age 16
    Davies founded the Kinks with Pete Quaife in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details His brother Ray, who became the best-known member and de facto leader of the band, joined soon after. The quartet was formed when drummer Mick Avory joined. Dave Davies had a turbulent relationship with Avory, one of the reasons behind the latter's departure from the band in the mid-1980s, although the two had been housemates together in the mid-1960s. Ray and Dave Davies remained the only two steady members of the band (with the exception of Avory until his departure) throughout their run together. They were accompanied by an oft-changing roster of bassists and keyboardists. Davies played a largely subordinate role to his brother, often staying behind the scenes. Davies would make occasional contributions on Kinks records as lead vocalist and songwriter, with classics such as "Party Line" (the lyrics were written by Ray Davies and the song has been attributed to Ray on many editions of "Face to Face"), "Death of a Clown" and "Strangers".
  • 1947
    Age 0
    Born on February 3, 1947.
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