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Happy Birthday To Ray Davies

Ray Douglas Davies was born on this day in Muswell Hill, North London. Known for his Fender Telecaster, he got his first guitar at 13. I did stage announcements for The Kinks in 1983 at Cobo Hall and had the pleasure of meeting Ray backstage...

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That Time Ray Davies Was Shot in New Orleans

Like many British rockers of his generation, Ray Davies has a big crush on America.

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Kinks’ Dave and Ray Davies Perform Together For First Time in Nearly 20 Years

It wasn't a Kinks reunion, but it was close.

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The Story of the Kinks’ Biggest U.S. Album Ever, ‘Low Budget’

For all their ‘60s successes in England, the Kinks didn't hit their U.S. chart peak until 'Low Budget' arrived on July 10, 1979.

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That Time Ray Davies Flew Across the Atlantic to Re-Record Two Words in ‘Lola’

Ray Davies of the Kinks racked up an absurd number of frequent-flyer miles just to alter two lines in the band's 1970 hit single, "Lola."

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Dave Davies Hoping for a Kinks Reunion ‘Before We Die’

At various points in 2013 and 2014, Ray and Dave Davies both expressed a hope that they'd find a way to get the Kinks back together in time for the band's 50th anniversary.

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Ray Davies Says the Kinks ‘Wouldn’t Even Get on TV’ If They Were Just Starting Out Today

Video killed the radio star. Just ask Ray Davies, who's certain he'd never stand a chance if he were starting out with the Kinks in today's image-driven music marketplace.

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Kinks Reunion? Ray Davies Doubts It

Looks like it isn't looking good for another band many were hoping to reunite for their 50th anniversary.

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Dave Davies Debunks Story Claiming Jimmy Page Played on The Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’

Dave Davies emphatically rebukes a BBC documentary that says that Jimmy Page played on the Kinks classic.

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The Kinks Confirm Reunion Plans

Split since 1996, the Kinks have been in talks to reform for their 50th anniversary.

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The Kinks Take A 3,000 Mile Flight For A Word Change 44 Years Ago

On June 3,1970, in the recording studio, Ray Davies of The Kinks changes the word “Coca-Cola” in the song “Lola” to “cherry cola” to qualify for airplay on the noncommercial BBC radio.

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Yoplait Yogurt Rocks With The Kinks

The Kinks had a hit record back in 1965 with "All Day and All of the Night”, it made up to #7 on the music charts here in America. Now 49 years later the tune is being used in a TV commercial for Yoplait yogurt.

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