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The Kinks in 1970.
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November 26, 2014 "I think if I had been an accomplished songwriter I wouldn't have written 'You Really Got Me,' " Davies tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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December 5, 2013 The British rock legend visits the WXPN studio to discuss his new memoir, Americana: The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: The Story.
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Promotional poster for the 1999 film Rushmore.
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February 25, 2013 Watching movies is a great way to discover new music. So, fresh on the heels of the Oscars, we want to know about the songs you discovered in a film. This can be music written specifically for the film, or a song that appeared in the movie.
Ray Davies enlists Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams and other artists to help perform his songs on the new album See My Friends.
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May 27, 2011 The legendary Kinks singer teams with Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Metallica and others on the new See My Friends.
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The Kinks, from left to right clockwise: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Mick Avory and Ray Davies, front and center.
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April 25, 2011 Before the sun set on "Waterloo," the Kinks were a singles band - the albums were another story.
You guys sure had a lot of song suggestions for Kurt. (We think he's awesome, too.)
April 15, 2010 We can already tell that the rest of Glee's first season is going to be fall-down ridiculous. Now that we've got some basic story lines, we're ready to pass some more song suggestions along to creator Ryan Murphy. We've highlighted some of the best user suggestions here.
December 22, 2009 For some diehard Kinks fans, the idea of mixing the band's classic songs with a full choir had little appeal. One of those fans, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, was dubious, before he heard the results on the latest CD from Kinks frontman Ray Davies, The Kinks Choral Collection. Boilen was part of a rapt audience at a Nov. 20 performance of the songs, recorded live in New York, by Ray Davies and the Dessoff Chamber Choir. Hear that show in its entirety here.
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June 17, 2009 The next time you gather up close friends (or, better yet, load yourself into a hammock with a loved one while keeping a pitcher of iced tea within arm's reach), let these five songs set the tone. Each exudes some form of contentment, whether in the form of a well-placed string section or words that set a happy scene.
March 27, 2008 Ray Davies, former frontman for The Kinks, shares some of the songs that have inspired him over the years with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. Hear music from Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Chuck Berry and more, as well as selections from Ray Davies' latest solo album, Working Man's Cafe.
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April 3, 2006 Lead singer and songwriter for The Kinks, Ray Davies started The Kinks in 1964 with his brother, Dave. They are said to be the pioneers of the rowdy garage band genre of rock music. Davies is now 61 and on tour for his first solo album, Other Peoples Lives.
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