Raymond Douglas “Ray” Davies, CBE born 21 June 1944) is an English rock musician. He is best known as lead singer and songwriter for The Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television.
- On 17 March 2004, Davies received the CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for “Services to Music.”
- On 22 June 2004, Davies won the Mojo Songwriter Award, which recognises “an artist whose career has been defined by his ability to pen classic material on a consistent basis.”
- Davies was also a judge for the third annual Independent Music Awards. His contributions helped assist upcoming independent artists’ careers.
- Davies and the Kinks were the third British band (along with The Who) to be 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.” They were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
- On 3 October 2006, Davies was awarded the BMI Icon Award for his “enduring influence on generations of music makers” at the 2006 annual BMI London Awards.
- On 15 February 2009, The Mobius Best Off-West End Production in the UK for the musical Come Dancing.
- On 7 September 2010, Davies was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.
- On 26 October 2010, Davies was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at his AVO Session concert in Basel; the concert was televised internationally.
My fav Kinks song – Waterloo Sunset (live):
and another great live version:
Album of the day: