Ray Davies

Rock Musician
Born Jun 21, 1944

Raymond Douglas "Ray" Davies, CBE is an English rock musician. He is best known as lead singer and songwriter for The Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television. Since the dissolution of the Kinks in 1996, Ray Davies has embarked on a solo career as a singer-songwriter.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ray Davies.


1944 Birth Born on June 21, 1944.


1962 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Davies was an art student at Hornsey College of Art in London in 1962–1963.
1963 19 Years Old Davies then joined the Hamilton King Band until June 1963; the Kinks (then known as the Ramrods) spent the summer supporting Rick Wayne on a tour of US airbases.


1964 20 Years Old After the Kinks obtained a recording contract in early 1964, Davies emerged as the chief songwriter and de facto leader of the band, especially after the band's breakthrough success with his early composition "You Really Got Me", which was released as the band's third single in August of that year.
1966 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Davies led the Kinks through a period of musical experimentation between 1966 and 1975, with notable artistic achievements and commercial success.
1967 23 Years Old …  On his 1967 masterpiece "Waterloo Sunset", the singer finds a fleeting sense of contentment in the midst of urban drabness and solitude. … Read More
1969 25 Years Old A definitive testament to Davies' reputation as a songwriter of insight, empathy and wit can be heard on the Kinks' landmark 1969 album Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). … Read More
1973 29 Years Old In 1973, Davies attempted suicide by overdose following the breakup of his first marriage. … Read More


1976 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Between 1976 and their break-up 20 years later, Davies and the group reverted to their earlier mainstream rock format and enjoyed a second peak of success, with other hit songs, like "Destroyer", "Come Dancing" and "Do It Again". … Read More
1979 35 Years Old On "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman", Davies vented his existential angst about the 1979 energy crisis over a thumping disco beat; on "A Gallon of Gas", he addressed the same concern over a traditional acoustic twelve-bar blues shuffle. … Read More


1985 41 Years Old Aside from the lengthy Kinks discography, Davies has released five solo albums: the 1985 release Return to Waterloo (which accompanied a television film he wrote and directed), the 1998 release The Storyteller, Other People's Lives in early 2006, Working Man's Café in October 2007 and The Kinks Choral Collection in June 2009. … Read More


1994 50 Years Old Davies published his "unauthorised autobiography", X-Ray, in 1994.
1997 53 Years Old In 1997, he published a book of short stories entitled Waterloo Sunset, described as "a concept album set on paper." … Read More


2009 65 Years Old In October 2009, Davies performed "All Day and All of the Night" with Metallica at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert. … Read More
2010 66 Years Old Davies played at Glastonbury Festival 2010 where he dedicated several songs to the late Kinks' bassist, Pete Quaife. … Read More
In 2011 Davies was "grounded" for six months following discovery of blood clots in his lungs. … Read More
2012 68 Years Old In August 2012, Davies performed 'Waterloo Sunset' as part of the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, watched by over 24 million viewers in the UK, but which was subsequently cut by NBC from the US broadcast in favour of a failed marketing attempt for their upcoming show Animal Practice.
2015 71 Years Old 1 More Event
On 18 December 2015 Ray joined his brother Dave for an encore at London's Islington Assembly Hall. … Read More
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