The Kinks (1963-)
Ray Davies (vocals, guitar) 1963-
Dave Davies (guitar) 1963-
Peter Quaife (bass) 1963-1969
Mick Avory (drums) 1963-1984
John Dalton (bass) 1971-1978
John Gosling (keyboards) 1971-1978
Andy Pyle (bass) 1976-1978
Jim Rodford (bass, vocals) 1978-
Gordon Edwards (keyboards) 1978
Ian Gibbons (keyboards) 1979-1988
Bob Henrit (drums) 1984-
Mark Haley (keyboards) 1989-
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The Kinks were formed by the Davies brothers, who generally do not get along. Their family structure may have something to do with it: Ray and Dave Davies were the 7th and 8th children in their family. The first 6 were girls.
Ray Davies had an affair with Chrissie Hynde. They have a daughter, Natalie.
Early names were The Ravens and The Bo Weevils. The Kinks is based on the word "Kinky," which they heard on the TV show The Avengers.
After playing a show in Illinois in 1966, the promoter invited them to his house and asked them to spend the night. They got a queasy feeling at his house and decided to stay at a hotel. They later learned that the promoter was serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Ray Davies was shot in 2004. While visiting New Orleans with his wife, a mugger stole her bag. Davies gave chase and the perpetrator shot him in the leg, causing severe injuries.
Ray Davies' sister, Rene, died the day he turned 13. She gave him his first guitar that year as a birthday present.
Ray Davies has dabbled in film throughout his career, primarily in the '80's. In 1986, he was in the movie Absolute Beginners. He also worked on One For the Road and Return to Waterloo. Dave Davies was also in One For the Road.
Avory almost joined the Rolling Stones. He played with them at a few early live shows.
In 1969, The Kinks wrote one of the first rock operas: Arthur, or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire. It was released the same year as the Who's more successful Tommy, so many have forgotten about it.
Rodford had been a member of Argent and helped refine the messy, booze-infested live shows for which the Kinks had become known during most of the Seventies. Later member Henrit had also been a member of Argent.
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