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Ray Davies Biography

Raymond Douglas Davies was born on June 21, 1944 in Muswell Hill, London, ENGLAND; although he's best known as the chief songwriter singer+guitarist for The Kinks, one of the most influential bands of the '60s British music scene, Davies also composed several pioneering rock operas including, "The Village Green Preservation Society", "Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire)" and "Preservation". Following the initial British Invasion, further stateside success continued with The Kinks becoming a major act over the next two decades; they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

In 1983 Davies wrote and directed his first film for Channel 4, "Return To Waterloo" but the soundtrack album, the firs LP credited to Ray Davies, failed to chart and went out of print the year after its summer 1985 release.
In 1995 he published his unauthorized autobiography, "X-Ray", to critical acclaim and since then has been touring internationally with his one-man show, "The Storyteller"; the album which accompanied the project was released in March of 1998.
Ray Davies resurfaced with his first proper solo album, "Other People's Lives", in February 2006; it reached #122 on the American Billboard Top 200 chart spawning a minor Adult Contemporary hit single in "Things Are Gonna Change".

Released free with every copy of The Sunday Times in October 2007, "Working Man's Café" was Davies' official second solo album. Recorded in Nashville and mixed at London's Konk Studios the disc was available to buy with two extra bonus tracks.

In April 2011 he released "See My Friends", an album of classic Kinks songs turned into unique collaborations. On this collection Davies collaborated with a formidable selection of artists: Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Mumford & Sons, Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, Jackson Browne and many others.

 

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