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    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:41:44

    The Kinks Frontman Ray Davies Gets Knighted -

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    • The Kinks - LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Ray Davies from the Kinks arrives in a London Cab during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England.
    • The Kinks - LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24:  Band members relax backstage at the 100 Club on February 24, 2011 in London, England. Since it's opening in 1942, the 100 club has hosted many artists such as B.B.King, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Oasis, and the Sex Pistols to name but a few. The club had recently been threatened with closure, because of financial pressures as have many smaller fringe clubs across the country, but after a high-profile campaign supported by Sir Paul McCartney and Ronnie Wood, a recent sponsorship deal with the shoe company Converse has saved the 100 Club from an uncertain future.

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    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.

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