Kevin Ayers

Born Aug 16, 1944

Kevin Ayers is an English singer-songwriter and was a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement. BBC DJ John Peel wrote in his autobiography that "Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it. " Ayers was a founding member of the pioneering psychedelic band Soft Machine in the late 1960s, and was closely associated with the Canterbury scene.… Read More

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  • Remembering Kevin Ayers, Britain's Carefree Psychedelic Genius
    Rolling Stone - Feb 22, 2013
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    Buxton Advertiser - Jul 16, 2012
  • Tributes To Internationally Acclaimed Musician From Aylesbury Who Played Alongside Steve Miller And Mike Oldfield
    The Bucks Herald - Jul 12, 2012
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Kevin Ayers.


1944 Birth Born on August 16, 1944.


1967 22 Years Old They released their debut single 'Love Makes Sweet Music'/'Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin' in February 1967, making it one of the first recordings from the new British psychedelic movement. Their debut album, The Soft Machine, was recorded in the USA for ABC/Probe and released in 1968. … Read More
1971 26 Years Old Ayers was to all intents and purposes a member of Gong in 1971 when the band first toured the UK.
1972 27 Years Old He also played an instrumental role in Steve Hillage appearing in Gong in 1972, while Steve was touring France as a member of Ayers's band. … Read More
1974 was a watershed year for Ayers. … Read More


1975 30 Years Old Tensions were somewhat fraught at the event since the night before John Cale had caught Ayers sleeping with his wife prompting him to write the bile-soaked paean 'Guts' that would appear on his 1975 album Slow Dazzle.
1976 31 Years Old In 1976 Ayers returned to his original label Harvest and released Yes We Have No Mañanas (So Get Your Mañanas Today). … Read More
1983 38 Years Old The late 1970s and 1980s saw Ayers as a self-imposed exile in warmer climes, a fugitive from changing musical fashions, and a hostage to chemical addictions. 1983's Diamond Jack and the Queen of Pain was, perhaps, a low-point for Ayers. … Read More


1988 43 Years Old 1 More Event
The road back was marked with 1988's prophetically titled Falling Up, that received his first positive press notices in years.


2005 60 Years Old Ayers started to show up at Shepard's house with a guitar, and by 2005 passed some new recordings on to Shepard, most taped on a cassette recorder at his kitchen table. … Read More
2013 69 Years Old Ayers died in his sleep on 18 February 2013 in Montolieu, France, aged 68.
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