Guide to British Music of the 1960s


Dave Davies

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Dave Davies - guitar, vocals

Dave Davies was not only the lead guitarist and occasional vocalist with one of the 1960s top groups but he carved out a parallel solo career. Davies founded the Kinks with Pete Quaife on bass guitar with brother Ray and drummer Mick Avory joining later. As lead guitarist in the Kinks, Davies developed an innovative technique using distortion that contributed to their early success with tracks such as You Really Got Me. Dave Davies' guitar sound was a major contributing factor to the Kinks' hits.

Davies released his first solo single in July 1967. Death of a Clown was co-written with Ray and featured the rest of the Kinks on backing. This single reached number 3 in the UK singles chart. The follow-up Susannah's Still Alive was also a hit. Both of these tracks and their b-sides were included on the Kinks LP Something Else. An LP called A Hole in the Sock was planned but was shelved after the third and fourth singles failed to chart. However, the tracks were released in 2011 as Hidden Treasures.

Dave Davies continued to perform as part of The Kinks with numerous hit singles and albums. He revived his solo career in the 1980s

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