Ray Davies

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Ray Davies

Born

6/21/1944, Fortis Green, Muswell Hill, London

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Male

Also Known As

Raymond Douglas Davies
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Ray is the seventh of eight children, six sisters and his younger brother Dave. He has been married three times, and has four daughters. Ray is one the most influential songwriters and performers in the history of rock and roll music. Often cited as a role model by…more

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    • Ray's brother Dave has fully recovered from a stroke and wants to get together again for a Kinks reunion. He has publicly stated that if Ray doesn't respond to his repeated requests soon, "we'll both be dead and wish we had".

    • Ray, and his band mates, were banned from the US, following their summer 1965 tour. The official reason, given by the American Federation of Musicians, was that they failed to register with the union before they performed. But it was widely speculated that the objection was about their violent on-stage behavior. This lasted for four years, during the height of the British Invasion, when the Kinks could have massively affected the music of the time, and almost certainly would have played at Woodstock.

    • Ray's first band, in 1962, called The Ray Davies Quintet, included a then-unknown singer, Rod Stewart. He apparently was kicked out after two shows, because then drummer John Start's mother did not like his voice.

    • In 1970, Ray had to fly to New York from London, and back, twice in one 24 hour period. The opening line in his song Lola lyric had to be changed from 'Coca Cola' to 'Cherry Cola' to satisfy the BBC censors. The first recording was accidentally erased, so he had to do it again.

    • Ray was shot in the leg by a thief who had snatched his companion's purse. Ray was chasing the culprit in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Jan. 4, 2004.

    • On June 22, 2004, Ray was awarded the Mojo Songwriting Award, for having "a career that is defined by his ability to pen classic material on a consistent basis."

    • Ray has a daughter with Chrissie Hynde, of The Pretenders. Natalie Rae was born in 1983.

    • Ray was inducted into the UK Music Hall Of Fame in 2005, along with the rest of 'The Kinks.'

    • Ray, along with the rest of his band, The Kinks, was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, 1990.

    • Ray performed live at Buckingham Palace in 2003, as part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations. The performance was broadcast worldwide.

    • Ray was presented with a C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) medal by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004.

    • Ray is to be given the BMI Icon award on October 3, 2006, at the annual awards dinner at the Dorchester Hotel in London. This honor is for lifetime achievement in the recording industry.

    • Ray has often been referred to as "The Godfather of Brit Pop."

    • Ray was the first featured artist on VH1's Storyteller series. He was on tour at the time, doing his own Storyteller show, singing songs while telling the audience the meaning of the lyrics, and reading from his autobiography. VH1 liked the concept so much, they taped his show, then invited many more artists to do the same.

    • Ray was music composer for The 11th Hour and Where Was Spring, series produced by Ned Sherrin for BBC Television.

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