THE STORY SO FAR

 

Raymond Douglas Davis
21 June 1944 

David Russell Gordon Davis
3 February 1947 


THE BROTHERS WAS BORN AT 6 DENMARK TERRACE, FORTIS GREEN, IN MUSWELL HILL,
NORTH LONDON, RAY IS THE SEVENTH OF EIGHT CHILDREN BORN TO FRED AND ANNIE DAVIES, INCLUDING SIX OLDER SISTERS AND YOUNGER BROTHER DAVE.
HIS FATHER IS OF WELSH ANCESTRY. RAY WENT TO WILLIAM GRIMSHAW SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOL        (NOW CALLED FORTISMERE SCHOOL) RAY WAS AN ART STUDENT AT HORNSEY COLLEGE OF ART IN LONDON IN 1962–63. 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. GOMELSKY ARRANGED FOR DAVIES TO PLAY AT HIS PICCADILLY CLUB WITH THE DAVE HUNT RHYTHM & BLUES BAND, AND ON NEW YEAR'S EVE THE RAY DAVIES QUARTET OPENED FOR CYRIL STAPLETON AT THE LYCEUM BALLROOM. A FEW DAYS LATER HE BECAME THE PERMANENT GUITARIST FOR THE DAVE HUNT BAND, AN ENGAGEMENT THAT WOULD ONLY LAST ABOUT SIX WEEKS. THE BAND WERE THE HOUSE BAND AT GOMELSKY'S NEW VENTURE, THE CRAWDADDY CLUB IN RICHMOND-UPON-THAMES. WHEN THE DAVE HUNT BAND WERE SNOWED IN DURING THE COLDEST WINTER SINCE 1740, GOMELSKY OFFERED A GIG TO A NEW BAND CALLED THE ROLLING STONES, WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY SUPPORTED HUNT AT THE PICCADILLY AND WOULD TAKE OVER THE RESIDENCY. 
RAY DAVIES THEN JOINED THE HAMILTON KING BAND UNTIL JUNE 1963;
THE KINKS (THEN KNOWN AS THE RAMROD) SPENT THE SUMMER SUPPORTING RICK WAYNE ON A TOUR OF US AIRBASES.

AFTER THE KINKS OBTAINED A RECORDING CONTRACT IN EARLY 1964, DAVIES EMERGED AS THE CHIEF SONGWRITER AND     
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. DAVIES LED THE KINKS THROUGH A PERIOD OF MUSICAL EXPERIMENTATION BETWEEN 1966 AND 1975, WITH NOTABLE ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND COMMERCIAL SUCCESS.

HOWEVER, BY 1965, THIS RAUCOUS, HARD-DRIVING EARLY STYLE HAD GRADUALLY GIVEN WAY TO THE SOFTER AND MORE INTROSPECTIVE,SOUND OF "TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOU" "NOTHIN' IN THE WORLD CAN STOP ME WORRYIN' 'BOUT THAT GIRL" "SET ME FREE" "I GO TO SLEEP" AND "RING THE BELLS"WITH THE EERIE, DRONING "SEE MY FRIENDS"

IN 1999, "YOU REALLY GOT ME" WAS INDUCTED INTO THE GRAMMY HALL OF FAME

ON 17 MARCH 2004, DAVIES RECEIVED THE CBE FROM QUEEN ELIZABETH II FOR "SERVICES TO MUSIC

ON 22 JUNE 2004, DAVIES WON THE MOJO SONGWRITER AWARD, WHICH RECOGNISES "AN ARTIST WHOSE CAREER HAS BEEN DEFINED BY HIS ABILITY TO PEN CLASSIC MATERIAL ON A CONSISTENT BASIS

IN 2005, THE KINKS WERE INDUCTED INTO THE UK MUSIC HALL OF FAME

ON 3 OCTOBER 2006, DAVIES WAS AWARDED THE BMI ICON AWARD FOR HIS 
"ENDURING INFLUENCE ON GENERATIONS OF MUSIC MAKERS"

AT THE 2006 ANNUAL BMI LONDON AWARDS

ON 15 FEBRUARY 2009, THE MOBIUS BEST OFF-WEST END PRODUCTION IN THE UK FOR THE MUSICAL COME DANCING

ON 7 SEPTEMBER 2010, DAVIES WAS AWARDED THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE GQ MEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

ON 26 OCTOBER 2010, DAVIES WAS PRESENTED WITH THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT HIS AVO SESSION CONCERT IN BASEL; THE CONCERT WAS TELEVISED INTERNATIONALLY

ON 12 JUNE 2014, DAVIES WAS INDUCTED INTO THE AMERICAN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

ON 12 APRIL 2015, DAVIES WON AN OLIVIER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MUSICAL ACHIEVEMENT FOR HIS WEST END MUSICAL "SUNNY AFTERNOON "WHICH GARNERED 3 ADDITIONAL OLIVIER'S

ON 3 OCTOBER 2016, DAVIES WAS AWARDED WITH A BASCA GOLD BADGE AWARD.THIS WAS FOR HIS UNIQUE 
CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC

DAVIES WAS KNIGHTED IN THE 2017 NEW YEAR HONOURS FOR SERVICES TO THE ARTS 

SINGLES 

1964 LONG TALL SALLY, YOU STILL WANT ME, YOU REALLY GOT ME, ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT, TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOU, EV’RYBODY’S GONNA BE HAPPY, SET ME FREE, SEE MY FRIENDS

1965 WHO’II BE NEXT IN LINE, A WELL RESPECTED MAN, TILL THE END OF THE DAY,
DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASHION, WONDER WHERE MY BABY IS TONIGHT,

1966 SUNNY AFTERNOON, DANDY, DEAD END STREET, MISTER PLEASANT, WATERLOO SUNSET

1967 DEATH OF A CLOWN, AUTUMN ALMANAC “DAVID WATTS USED AS B-SIDE IN NON-UK REAGIONS,
SUSANNAH’S STILL ALIVE

1968 WONDERBO, DAYS, LINCOLN COUNTY, STARSTRUCK, PICTURE BOOK “AUSTRALIA ONLY “
HOLD MY HAND, PLASTIC MAN, DRIVIN

1969 THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY, SHANGRI-LA, AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA

1970 LOLA, APEMAN

1971 GODS CHILDREN, 20TH CENTURY MAN

1972 SUPERSONIC ROCKET SHIP, CELLULOID HEROES, ONE OF THE SURVIVORS, SITTING IN THE MIDDAY SUN

1973 SWEET LADY GENEVIEVE, WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD TIMES GONE

1974 MIRROR OF LOVE, HOLIDAY ROMANCE, PRESERVATION

1975 EVERYBODY’S A STAR, DUCKS ON THE WALL, YOU CANT STOP THE MUSIC

1976 I'M IN DISGRACE, NO MORE LOOKING BACK

1977 SLEEPWALKER, JUKE BOX MUSIC, FATHER CHRISTMAS

1978 A ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY, LIVE LIFE, (WISH I COULD FLY LIKE) SUPERMAN, A GALLON OF GAS

1979 CATCH ME NOW I'M FALLING, MOVING PICTURES, PRESSURE

1980 LOLA (LIVE) BETTER THINGS

1981 DESTROYER, COME DANCING

1983 YOU REALLY GOT ME (1983), DON'T FORGET TO DANCE

1984 DO IT AGAIN

1985 LIVING ON A THIN LINE

1986 ROCK 'N' ROLL CITIES

1987 HOW ARE YOU, LOST AND FOUND

1988 THE ROAD

1990 HOW DO I GET CLOSE

1991 DID YA (CD EP)

1993 ONLY A DREAM, SCATTERED (CD SINGLE) 

ALBUMS 
1964 KINKS
1965 KINDA KINKS, THE KINK KONTROVERSY, YOU REALLY GOT ME (USA)
1967 SOMETHING ELSE BY THE KINKS, LIVE AT KELVIN HALL
1966 FACE TO FACE
1968 THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY
1969 ARTHUR
1970 LOLA VS POWERMAN AND THE MONEYGROUND PART ONE
1971 PERCY, MUSWELL HILLBILLIES
1972 EVERYBODY’S IN SHOW-BIZ
1973 THE GREAT LOST KINKS ALBUM, PRESERVATION ACT 1
1974 PRESERVATION ACT 2,
1975 SOAP OPERA, SCHOOLBOYS IN DISGRACE
1977 SLEEPWALKER
1978 MISFITS
1979 LOW BUDGET
1980 ONE FOR THE ROAD
1981 GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT
1983 STATE OF CONFUSION
1984 WORD OF MOUTH
1986 THINK VISUAL
1988 LIVE THE ROAD
1989 UK JIVE
1993 PHOBIA
1994 TO THE BONE

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