Rock the Day Happy Birthday Ray Davies
June 21, 1944: Ray Davies is born at 6 Denmark Terrace, Fortis Green in Muswell Hill, North London, England. He is the seventh of eight children born to Fred and Annie Davies, including six older sisters and younger brother Dave Davies. For his 13th birthday, Ray gets a guitar. In 1963, Ray and Dave form The Kinks, destined to become one of the most influential groups of the British Invasion. The gritty guitar riffs and the Davies brothers’ vocal stylings create a template for early punk rockers. Their first single is a cover of Little Richard’s Long Tall Sally. Virtually no one notices. You Really Got Me, written by Ray, is their breakthrough single. The Kinks’ foray into psychedelia, the haunting See My Friends, predates The Beatles’ Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) by six months. See My Friends is inspired by the untimely death in 1957 of the Davies’ older sister Rene. By the late ’60s, The Kinks are doing introspective social commentary, witness A Well Respected Man. The Kinks perform to this day. Cool.