by Robert Wilkinson
As I mentioned yesterday, that day and today are the birthdays of two of the greatest musical geniuses in the history of pop music. They’re both amazing songwriters who have given us a treasure trove of music for the ages!
Because of being on the road and the unbelievable number of articles I had to compose before leaving, this year I’m linking to the birthday tribute I gave you last year with dozens of links to some of the greatest music ever made. Still, if you’re wondering about Ray Davies, here’s what I wrote last year about this remarkable man:
The Kinks were part of the original "British Invasion" of 1964, and are generally considered the godfathers of punk, grunge, thrash rock, and served as inspirations for countless bands, including the Who, Pretenders, Van Halen, the Stranglers, and many more.
Ray Davies (21 June 1944) has composed countless hits, including "You Really Got Me," "All the Day and All the Night," "Tired of Waiting," “Stop Your Sobbin’,” "See My Friends" (said to be the first raga based song in pop music), "Dedicated Follower of Fashion," "Sunny Afternoon," "Waterloo Sunset," "Victoria," "Days," "Apeman," "Lola," "Celluloid Heroes," "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman," "A Rock and Roll Fantasy," "Come Dancing," and so many more I've lost count over the years. Still, I've been a BIG fan since the very beginning, and so figured you should know about this singular talent of our times.
Ray has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television, a logical offshoot of his many concept albums which were theatrical in nature and produced some amazing songs. His styles range from American rock and roll and blues to British Music Hall, and he's given us many tunes influenced by vaudeville, trad jazz, ragtime, and many more styles. He's sophisticated, witty, satiric, and his sense of irony has enabled him to skewer social hypocrisies and class systems through social commentary almost never seen in pop songwriting.
For your enjoyment, the music of Ray Davies and the Kinks!
(please excuse any busted links, which I’ll fix for next year’s tribute)
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