RAY DAVIES, one of the most successful and influential songwriters to emerge from the 1960s, founded the rock band The Kinks with his brother Dave in London in 1963. The Band’s string of top ten international hits began with ‘You Really Got Me’, followed by ‘All Day and All of The Night’, ‘Tired of Waiting’, ‘Set Me Free’, ‘See My Friends’, ‘Till The End of The Day’, ‘A Well Respected Man’, ‘Lola’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’, ‘Apeman’, and ‘Come Dancing’ among many others. Davies also composed several pioneering rock operas including Arthur, Preservation and Soap Opera.
Ray’s artistic talents are not just reserved to music having directed, produced and collaborated on various film, stage and musical projects. In 1995 Davies published his unauthorized autobiography, X-Ray, and a few years later released a live album “Storyteller” from his one-man touring show. In 2006 Ray released his first studio solo album “Other People’s Lives” and followed it up with his second solo album “Working Man’s Café” in 2008. Just a year after this Ray released The Kinks Choral Collection featuring Ray and the Crouch End Festival Chorus interpreting many of the Kinks classic hits.
Affectionately referred to as the “Godfather of Brit Pop”, Ray Davies is cited as a major influence on artists such as Pete Townshend, Paul Weller, Morrissey, Damon Albarn and many more. Ray Davies’ songs have become hits for bands including The Jam, Van Halen, The Pretenders and The Stranglers.
In 2010 Ray released, “See My Friends”: a collection of collaborations with a formidable bunch of artists on tracks drawn from Davies’ 46 years as a songwriter –¬ with Bruce Springsteen on Better Things, with Metallica on You Really Got Me, with Mumford & Sons on Days/This Time Tomorrow, with Jon Bon Jovi on Celluloid Heroes, and ten other equally inspired partnerships. It was Ray’s highest charting album since 1966.
Ray is currently working on numerous new projects. This August will see the first Kinks and Ray Davies career spanning ‘best of’ released.
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