Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Britain is still a country for and says "Happy Birthday" to, an old rock musician called Ray Davies

Ray Davies who has pursued a solo career from 'The Kinks' since 1996 is 67 today and still performing.

Things which you possibly didn't know about Ray, that he :

* was born in Muswell Hill, North London, the seventh of eight children, including six older sisters and younger brother Dave Davies.

* was an art student at Hornsey College of Art in London in 1962–1963, when the 'Kinks' developed into a professional performing band in which he emerged as the chief songwriter and de facto leader of the band.

* his early hits were based on powerchord-based rock and roll and these first brought the band to prominence as in "You Really Got Me" in 1964 :

and "All Day and All of the Night",

* by the mid-to-late 1960's, he was producing more sensitive, introspective and complex songs, such as :
'Tired of Waiting for You'
'See My Friends'
'Where Have All the Good Times Gone'
'Too Much on My Mind'
'Waterloo Sunset'
and 'Days'.

No matter what he has done in his solo career, it is his work with the 'Kinks' for which he shall be remembered :

Glastonbury 2010 :

Waterloo Sunset :

Sunny Afternoon :

Lola :

You Really Got Me :

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