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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 February 1947Muswell Hill, London, England, UK
Birth NameDavid Russell Gordon Davies
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dave Davies is the brother of Ray Davies, the lead singer and songwriter of the Kinks, of which he was the leader singer up to 1964, when Ray joined. Dave was the lead guitarist and backup singer for the Kinks. He created the distorted riff for "You Really Got Me" by taking a sharp object (either a razor or a knitting needle) and slashing the speaker cone of his Elpico amp, and driving it into a VOX AC30. He continued to use this sound for much of their early material (notably on "All Day and All of the Night" and "Till the End of the Day"). Compared to his brother, Dave lived a rather lavish lifestyle. He would spend a lot of money on fancy outfits on Carnaby Streets, and top of the line guitars, such as his Gibson Flying V. It is clear that Ray wrote songs like "Dedicated Follower of Fashion", "Dandy", and maybe even "Starstruck" with him in mind. He had his share of feuds with Ray, and other band members often found it hard to get along with him, particularly the drummer, Mick Avory. Nevertheless, he was a brilliant musician, and a decent songwriter. He had a solo single with "Death of a Clown" in 1967, and contributed other songs such as "Strangers", "Rats", "Living on a Thin Line", "Wait Til the Summer Comes Along", "Mindless Child of Motherhood", and "This Man He Weeps Tonight". The latter few were influenced by a high school relationship which ended in an unwanted pregnancy, something that deeply haunted Davies. Today he continues to tour on his own. Unfortunately, he is not on good terms with his brother, Ray, and both have dismissed the possibility of a Kinks reunion.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Eli Rosen

Spouse (1)

Lisbet Davies (18 April 1967 - 24 September 1990) (divorced) (4 children)

Trade Mark (3)

His long hair
Goofy mannerisms and fancy clothes such as tophat in music videos
1958 Gibson Flying V

Trivia (10)

Rock musician (The Kinks).
Younger brother of Ray Davies.
Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Kinks) in 1990.
He had a daughter, Tracy, at the age of 15. He married Lisbet in 1967 and they had 4 sons; Martin, Simon, Christian and Russell.
He has three children, Daniel Davies, Lana Davies and Eddie, from his relationship with Nancy. Both Daniel and Lana are musicians. Lana has released her music through the Internet. Daniel is lead guitarist in "Year Long Disaster". The band's name stems from the events of 2004 affecting Ray and Dave Davies.
In 2004, the same year his estranged brother Ray Davies was shot in the leg by a thief, he suffered a stroke while in an elevator. His recovery has gone well, but has not yet returned to the stage as of winter 2008.
In their original stage, The Kinks (or as they were then known, The Ravens) were originally gathered and led by a 15-year-old Dave, who also wrote the few original songs that they performed at the time. His older brother Ray Davies joined the group merely as a rhythm guitarist and backing singer. It was only when they changed to The Kinks that Ray took over as front-man and the main songwriter.
A revolving door of bassists and, eventually, keyboard-players and drummers went through The Kinks as the two Davies brothers gained infamy among musicians for Dave's allegedly abusive, irresponsible behavior and Ray's controlling, superior attitude.
Although a great majority of the better-known Kinks songs were Ray Davies compositions, Dave wrote and sang lead on several Kinks classics as well, including "Death of a Clown", "Susannah's Still Alive", and "Rats".
Finishing work on a film, Dave Davies Kronikles: Mystical Journey, said to be released before Christmas 2008. [November 2008]

Personal Quotes (3)

"It wasn't called 'heavy metal' when I invented it." - when asked in the 80s if The Kinks were trying to play "heavy metal".
I've always thought there was a conspiracy at work to prevent The Kinks being the top band in the world. Whenever we were doing well, something shit would happen and we'd fall flat on our asses. It's been like that throughout our career.
I suppose it's an inborn thing that I don't like to be made to do anything.

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