Steve Smith: Kinks’ Ray Davies receives knighthood, Yes’ Wakeman rips Rock Hall, and more

In 2004, Dave suffered a debilitating stroke that took years of rehabilitation. Queen’s guitarist Brian May credited the group with “planting the seed which grew into riff-based (rock) music.” He finally returned to performing in 2013.Finally, after nearly 20 years, on Dec. For the next two decades, the Davies brothers had an on-again, off-again (mostly off) relationship, rarely seeing or even communicating with each other. 18, 2015, Ray and Dave performed together at a gig at London’s intimate 800-capacity Islington assembly Hall during the encore in which they performed “You Really Got Me.” Ray Davies and The Kinks have influences countless bands, including Pete Townshend and The Who, hard rockers Van Halen, The Pretenders (in the ‘80s, Davies was in a relationship with that band’s leader Chrissie Hynde that produced a daughter), The Ramones and The Clash, Oasis, and Blur.

Davies wrote a series of concept albums in the early ‘70s. Beginning in 1977 and continuing through the mid-‘80s, Davies wrote power rockers and the band recorded a series of albums that resonated with his American audience. As a concert draw, The Kinks found they were more popular as ever, playing, not in small theaters or 2,000-3,000-seat venues, but in 15,000-20,000-seat arenas.However, decades of mythic inter-band squabbling, Dave Davies with Avory, Dave with Ray, Ray with Dave, took their toll, and on June 15, 1996, The Kinks played their final show at the Norwegian Wood Festival at a swimming pool complex in Oslo, Norway.

The Kinks’ next two singles also hit the Top 10 here, “All Day and All of the Night” and “Tired of Waiting for You.” In their native Britain, the band hit the Top 10 a dozen times in the ‘60s. Those singles and late ‘60s LPs such as “Something Else” (1967), “The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society” (1968) and “Arthur” (1969) are among the most respected and influential albums of the era. 4 in Canada, No. Their third 45, “You Really Got Me,” in the summer of 1964, made them international British Invasion stars as the single hit No. 1 in Britain, No. 7 here and No. Davies formed the band in 1963 with his lead guitarist younger brother Dave, drummer Mick Avory and bassist Pete Quaife (who died in 2010 at age 66). 8 in Australia.
Ray Davies, leader of British Invasion legends The Kinks and composer of such classic songs as “You Really Got Me,” “All Day and All of the Night” and “Tired of Waiting for You,” has been awarded a knighthood for his services to the arts on Queen Elizabeth’s New Year Honors List, reports the BBC News. The 72-year-old from the London’s Muswell Hill district, five miles north of central London, said: “Initially, I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed, but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who inspired me to write.”