Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy 70th Birthday, Ray Davies!

Born on June 21, 1944, songwriter Ray Davies, having triumphantly beat all rock n' roll odds, celebrates his 70th birthday today.

Mr. Davies has kept performing with The Kinks and other various groups through his world travels and residence in New Orleans. Here he is with Metallica.

The Kinks, the brawling brother act that blended Ray's songcraft with the always stellar and crisp guitar work of Dave Davies, followed hot on the heels of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Dave Clark Five in the second British Invasion, in 1964-1965.

And, yes, Virginia Mayo, there is a tie-in between today's post and the classic film related bent of Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog: one of Davies' best songs, Celluloid Heroes.

Ray and Brian Wilson are among the headliners at the 2014 Hop Farm Music Festival in Kent, which will hold forth on the July 4th weekend.

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