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Ray Davies

Ray Davies was born on June 21, 1944 in Fortis Green, which is located in Muswell Hill, north of London, England. He was the seventh of eighth children, and with his younger brother Dave, he was one of the only two boys in his family. In 1963, he joined Dave's band The Ravens on rhythm guitar and vocals. He later rose to the position of chief songwriter and singer. Between 1964 and 1965, The Kinks released other hits such as "All Day and All of the Night", "Til the End of the Day", "Tired of Waiting for You", and others. Unfortunately, like most brothers, Ray and Dave Davies often were prone to sibling rivalry, and could act violent towards each other and the rest of the band. This behavior may have contributed to the American Musicians Union issuing a four-year touring ban against them. Since this would prevent them from enjoying, the prosperity of the British Invasion that their contemporaries enjoyed, Ray decided to seek a new direction in songwriting.His songs would reflect on his childhood and the days of the British Empire, when the class system was going strong, and poverty was great. This style was evident on The Kinks' next four albums, "Face to Face" (1966), "Something Else by The Kinks" (1967), "The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society" (1968), and "Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)" (1969). In 1970, they released perhaps their most famous LP, "Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One". This record spawned their trademark "Lola", along with other great songs such as "Apeman", "Get Back in Line", "Powerman", and others. "Muswell Hillbillies" followed the next year, which was perhaps their last commercially successful album. From the 1970s in the early 1990s, the Kinks' career proved to be a roller coaster of commercial success, and failure. Perhaps part of the reason for this was the bitter rivalry between Dave and Ray Davies which could never be fully resolved.The band went through a revolving door of backing musicians, and in the mid-1990s, the Kinks separated. Today, Ray Davies performs solo. He has four solo albums to date and is also involved in theater and television. In early 2004, he gallantly chased after a thief who stole his girlfriend's purse, and was shot in the leg. A week before that, he was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music. He has since recovered and continues to perform. His influence has been significant. He has gained a considerable following in his own native Britain, and Pete Townshend from The Who has credited him as his favorite songwriter. In 2017, he was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the Arts.

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Jun 21, 1944 In London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Play for Today 1970-10-15
Latest Project:
Series My Mad Fat Diary 2015-07-26

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Poster of True Detective
Poster of The Big Bang Theory
Poster of How I Met Your Mother
Poster of Supernatural
Agent Carter Unknown 2015-01-06
My Mad Fat Diary Unknown 2015-07-26
The Last Man on Earth Unknown 2015-03-01
Lip Sync Battle Unknown 2015-04-02
Aquarius Unknown 2015-05-28
Car Share Unknown 2015-04-29
True Detective Unknown 2014-01-12
Mr. Sloane Unknown 2014
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Jane the Virgin Unknown 2014-10-13
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Unknown 2013-09-17
White Heat Unknown 2012
Misfits Unknown 2012-07-19
Endeavour Unknown 2012-07-01
Shameless Unknown 2011-01-09
Bob's Burgers Unknown 2011-01-09
Metal Evolution Unknown 2011-11-11
Blue Bloods Unknown 2010-09-24
Dollhouse Unknown 2009-02-13
Glee Unknown 2009-05-19
In Plain Sight Unknown 2008-06-01
Secret Diary of a Call Girl Unknown 2008-06-16
Rules of Engagement Unknown 2007-02-03
Mad Men Unknown 2007-07-19
Chuck Unknown 2007-09-24
The Singing Bee Unknown 2007-10-07
The Big Bang Theory Unknown 2006-05-01
Dancing on Ice Unknown 2006-01-08
Clatterford Unknown 2006-11-24
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
Supernatural Unknown 2005-09-13
How I Met Your Mother Unknown 2005-09-19
Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Everybody Hates Chris Unknown 2005-09-22
My Name Is Earl Unknown 2005-09-20
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Unknown 2004-04-27
The X Factor UK Unknown 2004-09-04
Strictly Come Dancing Unknown 2004-05-15
Lost Unknown 2004-09-22
Peep Show Unknown 2004-11-12
Two and a Half Men Unknown 2003-09-22
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Top of the Pops Unknown 2002-01-12
American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
American Dreams Unknown 2002-09-29
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Unknown 2002-08-25
Crossing Jordan Unknown 2001-09-24
At Home with the Braithwaites Unknown 2000-01-20
Futurama Unknown 1999-03-28
Casualty Unknown 1998-09-28
Daria Unknown 1997-03-03
La Femme Nikita Unknown 1997-01-13
The Weird Al Show Unknown 1997-08-13
Behind the Music Unknown 1997-08-17
The Day Today Unknown 1994
Space Ghost Coast to Coast Unknown 1994-04-15
Beavis and Butt-Head Unknown 1993-03-08
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Quantum Leap Unknown 1989-03-26
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Family Ties Unknown 1982-09-22
WKRP in Cincinnati Unknown 1978-09-18
Austin City Limits Himself 1975
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15