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Ray Davies Says the Kinks ‘Wouldn’t Even Get on TV’ If They Were Just Starting Out Today

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Video killed the radio star. Just ask Ray Davies, who's certain he'd never stand a chance if he were starting out with the Kinks in today's image-driven music marketplace.

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Ray Davies Doubts There Will Be a Kinks Reunion

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The Kinks' hoped-for 50th anniversary reunion seems to have hit a snag.

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10 Years Ago: Ray Davies Shot

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Like many British rockers of his generation, Ray Davies has a big crush on America. His love of blues, country, jazz, and a number of other genres helped him find his musical muse again during a trip to New Orleans in 2004. However, the famous city also gave him something else: a bullet wound in his leg.

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Ray Davies Announces New Album, Teases Kinks Reunion

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It's been a few years since Ray Davies released an album of new material, but it looks like the wait for his next studio LP might soon be over -- and the future could even bring a few treats for long-suffering Kinks fans in the bargain.

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40 Years Ago: Ray Davies Temporarily Quit the Kinks

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The early '70s took their toll on quite a number of rock's biggest acts. The combination of artistic ambition, family life, the demands of stardom, increasing drug use and aging in a medium originally designed to celebrate youth resulted in many artists rethinking their career choice. For Ray Davies, all of these issues came to a head in July 1973, when he announced onstage that he was quitting the Kinks.

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Ray Davies Doesn’t Like Being Called an ‘English Artist’

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Although the Kinks have had plenty of success around the world during their long career, they have perpetually been saddled with the tag of being a "quintessentially English" band. In a new interview, frontman Ray Davies admitted that it's been a bit of a burden.

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Top 10 Ray Davies Lyrics

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Ray Davies and the Kinks were so wildly creative in their time, they’re considered godfathers of punk, metal, Britpop, indie rock and more, thanks to the band's music. But the band's frontman is also a great storyteller. No less a songsmith than Pete Townshend has credited his o

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Unaired Olympics Performances from The Who and Ray Davies Emerge Via Internet

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As we reported earlier, fans of the Who and the Kinks' Ray Davies were quite disappointed to find out they'd sat through two and a half hours of the pomp that was the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony, only to be denied the chance to watch their heroes perform at the big event.

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The Kinks’ Ray Davies Appears At Staging of His ‘Child’s Play’ Musical

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Friday evening (Dec. 16), Ray Davies, former frontman of the Kinks, made a special appearance at Coniston Institute in Cumbria, England, where production was underway for his new musical, 'Child's Play.'

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Ray Davies Wows Sold Out Cleveland Crowd

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Rock 'n' roll legend and Kinks main man Ray Davies delivered a nearly two-hour show to a sold out House Of Blues in Cleveland recently (Nov. 12), packing in a lot of hits and obscurities, all us Kinks "Kooks" were in heaven! 

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