Ray Davies

Rock musician Ray Davies

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.
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21 June 1944
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Shilpa Ray Takes Us Nightclubbing In New York With 'Door Girl'
NPR - 5 months
The new album from longtime New Yorker is full of sharp, spirited storytelling in the traditions of Lou Reed and Ray Davies. Shilpa Ray explains Door Girl, track by track. (Image credit: Ebru Yildiz/Courtesy of the artist)
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Ray Davies On World Cafe
NPR - 10 months
The legendary frontman of The Kinks discusses his new solo album, Americana, which deals in part with his relationship, as a Brit, to the United States. (Image credit: Steve Gullick/Courtesy of the artist)
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To Ray Davies, America Is Still A Land Of Opportunity
NPR - 11 months
The former Kinks leader speaks with Steve Inskeep about Americana, a musical distillation of his sometimes tumultuous life as British rock star in the U.S. (Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)
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The Kinks' Ray Davies Teams Up With The Jayhawks On 'Poetry'
NPR - about 1 year
We have new music from The Kinks' Ray Davies. This British songwriter's fascination with U.S. culture culminates in a new album with The Jayhawks called Americana. (Image credit: Steve Gullick/Courtesy of the Artist)
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UK Olympic athletes, Posh Spice and Andy Murray honored in Queen's New Year List
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Adela Suliman LONDON (Reuters) - Olympic athlete Mo Farah, tennis star Andy Murray, actor Mark Rylance, comedian Ken Dodd and Kinks musician Ray Davies have been knighted in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honors List. Spice Girl and designer Victoria Beckham was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) while other fashion notables included Anna Wintour editor-in-chief of "American Vogue" and accessories designer, Anya Hindmarch. The biannual honors list is released on the Queen's official birthday in June and at the end of each year.
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How we made Waterloo Sunset
Guardian (UK) - about 2 years
Ray Davies: ‘I’d had a breakdown. At first, I didn’t show the lyrics to the band in case they sniggered’ Waterloo is a part of London that has always had a lot of significance for me. When I was a kid, my father took methere to see the 1951 Festival of Britain. As we looked at the Skylon tower, he said: “I think that’s meant to be the future.” Then, when I was 13, I had a bad injury and my ward in St Thomas’ hospital overlooked the river and Parliament. It’s a very vivid memory. Also, as a student at Croydon College of Art, I used to change trains at Waterloo. There was a romantic element too: as a teenager, I used to walk along Waterloo Bridge with my girlfriend. Continue reading...
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The Altercation Black Friday Gift-Giving Guide, Part I
Huffington Post - about 2 years
So my extremely occasional blog, "Altercation" has migrated here. I use it largely to follow up on things that I couldn't include in my Nation columns and write about music, books, theater, etc, but mostly music. It's pretty lazy, to tell the truth. But I do hope the recommendations are worthwhile. Anyway, below are links to my last few Nation columns, and what I hope are helpful recommendations for gift-giving this year, which I'm doing early because Hannuka comes so early this year. Here are the column links. The guide starts just below together with some live music recommendations. Hope you find it worth this click. The Crazier the Republican Candidates Sound, the More Popular They Become Meet Paul Ryan, Media Darling. He's Sensible, Serious, and Totally Made-Up. 2 Things You Won't Learn From the New Steve Jobs Film The Altercation Gift Giving Guide: The Beatles Video Collection It is a rite of passage, I suppose, to discover the magic of the Beatles; abou...
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All About That Bar: Bemelmans Hosts Kate Davis
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
The celebrity boîte in the Hotel Carlyle enshrining today's only public mural art of Ludwig Bemelmans is a fitting incubator for the blossoming musical talents of multi-instrumentalist/singer Kate Davis. The painter Bemelmans, known well for his illustrations in The New Yorker, Vogue and Town and Country but most famously for creating the Madeline series of children's books, also once owned perhaps the oldest bistro in Paris. Likewise anointed with his murals, La Colombe became the launchpad for singers through the 1950's and '60's when the next owner ran it as a cabaret. Ascribing credit to the wall art would make for good superstition, but Davis comes to this storied scene with her merits well earned. She is pleased with the 12 million+ views of her jazzy video cover of the bubblegum hit "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor. But she yearns to be heard on singular terms as a gifted songwriter with a voice all her own - despite her ease with performing in an anachronis...
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Ray Davies On World Cafe, Part 2
NPR - about 3 years
Hear the second part of a wide-ranging interview with The Kinks' lead singer. » E-Mail This
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Donovan, Kinks' Ray Davies lead Songwriters Hall inductees
Reuters.com - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan and English rocker Ray Davies headline this year's inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the organization said on Tuesday.
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Donovan and Ray Davies to Join Songwriters Hall of Fame
NYTimes - about 4 years
The hall will also induct Graham Gouldman, Mark James and Jim Weatherly in a ceremony on June 12.
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Music Monday! The Harmony Motel, Us Lights, Mandarin Dynasty & More
The Portland Mercury - about 4 years
It's Music Monday! Here's some great Portland music you may not have heard before. "Straight To My Head" / "Dead Bird" by The Harmony Motel The Harmony Motel have a new two-song single released today: "Straight to My Head" backed with "Dead Bird," available for free download (do it). Both tracks are exquisitely ornamented brain-pop, with enough dapples of light to work wonderfully on this uncharacteristically sunny January day. The Harmony Motel is the project of Stanton Hall, who also plays in the Zags, and these two studio confections were recorded with producer/engineer Jack Saturn (of the band Queued Up). This is classic pop songwriting with inventive arrangements and subtle but undeniable, earwormy hooks; it reminds me of the aptitude of British songsmiths like Paddy McAloon, Andy Partridge, Ray Davies, and the Brewis brothers (of Field Music). It other words, it's terrific. Hall says that the Harmony Motel is not really a live band, per se, but he will be playing a release sho...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ray Davies
  • 2015
    Age 70
    The musical won four awards at the 2015 Olivier Awards, including one for Ray Davies: the Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.
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    On 18 December 2015 Ray joined his brother Dave for an encore at London's Islington Assembly Hall.
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  • 2012
    Age 67
    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.
  • 2011
    Age 66
    In autumn 2011, Davies toured with the 88 as his backing band.
    2011 also marked Davies' return to New Orleans, Louisiana, to play the Voodoo Experience Music festival.
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    In 2011 Davies was "grounded" for six months following discovery of blood clots in his lungs.
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  • 2010
    Age 65
    Davies played at Glastonbury Festival 2010 where he dedicated several songs to the late Kinks' bassist, Pete Quaife.
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  • 2009
    Age 64
    In October 2009, Davies performed "All Day and All of the Night" with Metallica at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert.
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  • 1997
    Age 52
    In 1997, he published a book of short stories entitled Waterloo Sunset, described as "a concept album set on paper."
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  • 1994
    Age 49
    Davies published his "unauthorised autobiography", X-Ray, in 1994.
  • 1985
    Age 40
    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1976
    Age 31
    When the Kinks changed record labels from RCA to Arista in 1976, Davies abandoned his then-recent propensity for ambitious, theatrical concept albums and rock operas—the RCA era (1971–75) had produced Muswell Hillbillies, Everybody's in Show-Biz, Preservation Act 1 and Act 2, Soap Opera and Schoolboys in Disgrace—and returned to writing more basic, straightforward songs.
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    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".
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  • 1973
    Age 28
    In 1973, Davies attempted suicide by overdose following the breakup of his first marriage.
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  • 1969
    Age 24
    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).
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  • 1967
    Age 22
    On his 1967 masterpiece "Waterloo Sunset", the singer finds a fleeting sense of contentment in the midst of urban drabness and solitude.
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  • 1966
    Age 21
    By late 1966, Davies was addressing the bleakness of life at the lower end of the social spectrum: released together as the complementary A-B sides of a single, "Dead End Street" and "Big Black Smoke" were powerful neo-Dickensian sketches of urban poverty.
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    Davies led the Kinks through a period of musical experimentation between 1966 and 1975, with notable artistic achievements and commercial success.
  • 1964
    Age 19
    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.
  • 1963
    Age 18
    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.
  • 1962
    Age 17
    In late 1962 he became increasingly interested in music; at a Hornsey College Christmas dance he sought advice from Alexis Korner who was playing at the dance with Blues Incorporated and Korner introduced him to Giorgio Gomelsky, a promoter and future manager of the Yardbirds.
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    Davies was an art student at Hornsey College of Art in London in 1962–1963.
  • 1944
    Born on June 21, 1944.
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