Founded and led the Kinks "the most adamantly British of the Brit Invasion bands"
Laurels include Grammy Hall of Fame BMI ICON, and British CBE
Ray Davies CBE, one of the most successful and influential songwriters to emerge from the British Invasion of the 1960s, founded the rock band The Kinks with his brother Dave in London in 1964. The band’s string of 14 top ten international hits began with ‘You Really Got Me’, followed by ‘All Day and All of The Night’, ‘Tired of Waiting’, ‘Set Me Free’, ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’ , ‘Sunny Afternoon’, ‘Waterloo Sunset’, ‘Lola’, ‘Apeman’ and ‘Come Dancing’ among many others.
Davies has released two solo albums, a choral collection of Kinks classics and his recent collaborations album “See My Friends” saw him return again to the top ten working with the likes of Metallica, Bruce Springsteen and Mumford and Sons. Davies collaborated with Barrie Keeffe in 1981 on his first stage musical, Chorus Girls, and in 1988 wrote 80 Days with Snoo Wilson, which was produced at the La Jolla Playhouse. He returned with his third musical, Come Dancing, in 2008 at Stratford East which won the What’s On Stage “Best off West End Musical “award.
In-between the musicals Ray penned his unauthorized autobiography, X-Ray, which he featured readings from during his Storyteller tour. August 2012 saw him perform at the London Olympics followed by his most successful solo tour to date. Ray returned in 2013 with his second auto-biography, Americana, focusing on his time spent in the United States which the band first conquered in 1965 but were banned shortly after by the Musician’s Union until 1969. It takes the story through to the bands second wave of success in the 1980s and up through Ray’s shooting by a mugger in New Orleans at the beginning of 2004. 2014 sees the Kinks 50th Anniversary with a new box set , a new Kinks’ musical Sunny Afternoon and brand new Ray Davies solo album in the works for release later this year.