The Kinks Frontman Ray Davies Gets Knighted
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:41:44
Just moments ago, The Kinks frontman Ray Davies was knighted by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. Sir Davies described the ceremony with his usual dry wit saying, "It lasted three minutes, it went well and I said goodbye and went home."
It was announced in the New Year Honours List that Davies would receive a knighthood for services to the arts, and The Kinks rhythm guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter said of his immediate feelings, "Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write."
Ray Davies formed The Kinks in 1963 along with his brother Dave. The band went on to release a number of legendary songs and albums, becoming one of the era's most influential bands. The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and officially broke up in 1996.
In December of 2015, Ray joined his brother Dave on stage at a gig, which started a firestorm of speculation that the band would be reuniting. However, nothing ever panned out. Ray is currently working on his first album of solo material in 10 years. The record is titled Americana and will be released on April 21st. Get a taste of its "Poetry" below.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff