January 6, 2004 |
Just days after receiving the Commander of the British Empire honor from Queen Elizabeth II, Ray Davies has proven he's a true gentleman: The singer-songwriter was shot in the leg Sunday night chasing two men who snatched a purse from a woman he was with in New Orleans' French Quarter. The 59-year-old Kinks frontman, who was in town on vacation, was taken to the Medical Center of Louisiana and treated for a minor injury. "He's in hospital but it is not really serious. He should be up and about in a day or so," Davies' manager, Deke Arlon, told the BBC. "He is in good spirits.
July 3, 1987 |
The Kinks brought nearly a quarter-century of rock-and-roll to the Mann Music Center on Wednesday night, and their music was none the worse for the wear. Led by Ray Davies and his brother Dave, the Kinks are one of the few surviving groups from the British Invasion of the mid-'60s. Their longevity is perhaps due to their stalwart devotion to simple rock-and-roll. Aside from a period of introspection that yielded several concept albums shortly after the band's initial success, the Kinks have chronicled the struggles of the working man. The Kinks' most recent album, Think Visual, finds Ray Davies writing about his own struggles with work.
June 27, 2010
Pete Quaife, 66, a bassist who joined forces with two schoolmates to form the Kinks, one of the leading rock bands of the 1960s British Invasion, died Wednesday of kidney failure in Herlev, Denmark. Born Peter Alexander Greenlaw Quaife, he went to William Grimshaw Secondary Modern School in North London with Ray and Dave Davies, and the three began playing music together in 1961, with a succession of drummers. Ray was the front man, and Dave played lead guitar. They went through several names, including the Ravens, before settling on the Kinks in early 1964, with Mick Avory on drums.
April 7, 2008 |
For anyone under 30, the best way to hear the Kinks' music is watching the films of Wes Anderson. Pretty much any one will do - they are all larded with choice cuts indelibly wedded to strikingly precious visual tableaux. Anyone over 30 should have gone to the Tower on Saturday to see Ray Davies, who wrote and sang all those classic, quintessentially English pop songs. The films lend the music a vitality and transgenerational reach that members of the Kinks are no longer capable of. The songs may transcend time, but the men who made them cannot.
February 27, 1987 |
The Kinks are a band that has always tottered on the edge of greatness - as well as on the edge of extinction. "Ever since we started, people have said the Kinks would never last," notes leader Ray Davies with amusement. "Well, we survived the silly '60s, the sordid '70s, and we're here in the hateful '80s. " Their quaint, music-hall-influenced ballads and rock anthems of working- class life have always won the Kinks critical approval and a diehard cult following - plus occasional Top 40 hits including "You Really Got Me," All Day and All of the Night," "Sunny Afternoon," "Lola," "Celluloid Heroes" and "Come Dancing.
December 15, 2011
Music documentary Do It Again On WHYY TV12 at 9 p.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
March 7, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - As he jogged back to the Phillies' clubhouse in the middle of the fourth inning, Cliff Lee made a pit stop in leftfield to chat with Tampa Bay's Joe Inglett, Lee's teammate with the Indians in 2006 and at Triple A Buffalo in 2007. It was a scene you will only find in spring training, the starting pitcher standing in the field of play chatting with an opponent seconds before the action resumes. But Lee had a good reason for his high spirits: The veteran lefty had just completed a sparkling outing against the Rays, striking out five and allowing just two baserunners in four scoreless innings.
September 11, 1989 |
At times, during his group's tour-opening concert at the Mann Music Center on Saturday, Ray Davies, the bouncy leader of the Kinks, led the band through fresh, explorative versions of their hits, some of which reach back 25 years. More often, the Kinks played the time-tested material as they always have played it; the formula has worked all this time, making the group one of the most enduring in the world. So why change now, Davies seemed to be saying to the packed outdoor arena.
October 24, 1996 |
"I think I'm slightly at odds with myself. " Ray Davies is talking about his habit of writing songs that are nostalgic for a rosy past, despite his sneaking suspicion that the good old days weren't really so good after all. "A lot of my songs are evocative of a time gone by," says the leader of the Kinks over "bloody good" Indian fare and Kingfisher beer at a Center City restaurant. "But I never thought the past was any good. Not really. "This is as good as it gets," the London native adds, flashing his gap-toothed grin.
August 29, 2010
1. Yes. He has yet to toss a TD pass. 2. No. He's just working out the kinks.