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Ray Davies

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Raymond Douglas Davies (born June 21, 1944 in Muswell Hill, London) is a British rock musician, best known as lead singer and main songwriter for The Kinks. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for the theatre and television.

Works

Aside from the lengthy Kinks discography, Davies has released two albums under his own name, the 1985 release Return to Waterloo and in 1998 The Storyteller.

Davies wrote a semi-fictional memoir called X-Ray and also a book of short stories entitled Waterloo Sunset, and has made two films, Return to Waterloo in 1985 and Weird Nightmare in 1991, a documentary about Charles Mingus.

Biography

Davies is described as "openly manic-depressive".

In 1983, Davies had a daughter, Natalie Ray, with then-girlfriend Chrissie Hynde (of The Pretenders).

On January 4. 2004 Davies was wounded when he was shot in the leg while chasing thieves who had snatched the purse of his companion as they walked in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Awards

On March 17. 2004, he collected a CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music."

On June 22. 2004, Davies won the Mojo Songwriter award, which recognises "an artist whose career has been defined by their abillity to pen classic material on a consistent basis".

The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, at which Davies was called "almost indisputably rock's most literate, witty and insightful songwriter."de:Ray Davies

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