Ray Davies


Ray Davies

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Davies performing in Toronto, 1977
Background information
Birth nameRaymond Douglas Davies
Born (1944-06-21) 21 June 1944 (age 75)
Fortis Green, London, England
GenresRock, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, piano
Years active1960–present
Associated actsThe Kinks, Crouch End Festival Chorus, raydavies.info

Sir Raymond Douglas Davies, CBE (z/ DAY-viz;[1] born 21 June 1944) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the Kinks, which he leads with his younger brother, Dave. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television. He is often referred to as "the godfather of Britpop".[2] After the dissolution of the Kinks in 1996, Davies embarked on a solo career.

Early years

6 Denmark Terrace, birthplace of the Davies brothers

Davies was born at 6 Denmark Terrace, Fortis Green, north London, England. He is the seventh of eight children born to working-class parents, including six older sisters and younger brother Dave Davies.

Ray's father, Frederick Davies (b. 1905) was a slaughterhouse worker of Welsh descent. He liked to hang out in pubs and was considered a ladies' man. His own father, Harry, was also a slaughterman, in the Rhondda Valley, Wales. Ray's mother is of Irish descent. Fred moved to London as a young man, where he took up his father's occupation and married a Londoner, Anne Willmore (b. 1905). Anne came from a "sprawling family", and she in turn gave birth to one. She had a sharp tongue and could be crude and forceful.[3]

When Ray was still a small child, one of his older sisters became a star of the dance halls, and soon had a child out of wedlock by an African man - an illegal immigrant who subsequently disappeared from her life. The child, a daughter, was ultimately raised by Ray's mother.[4]

Ray attended William Grimshaw Secondary Modern School (now called Fortismere School).[5]

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