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The career of Ray & Dave Davies' peculiarly British band.
The Kinks, from Muswell Hill, joke around with a double decker bus on a London street. From left: Dave Davies, Mick Avory (in driver's seat), Pete Quaife and Ray Davies.
The Kinks visit a record store in Dusseldorf, Germany. L-R Pete Quaife, Mick Avory, Ray Davies and Dave Davies.
Television cameras crowd around to capture a Kinks performance for TV show 'Ready Steady Go', 1965.
The Kinks, from left: Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Mick Avory, and Pete Quaife. Pictured in April 1968, a good-natured fight over a copy of a book entitled 'Pictures Of The Female Form'!
It;s all smiles in this seventies press shot but The Kinks creative process was often tense and occasionally angry. The Davies brothers are famous for squabbling over leadership of the band
Dave Davies in 1988
Ray Davies of The Kinks performing on stage, November 1994
With the advent of Britpop, Ray Davies found a whole new audience. Blur's Damon Albarn cited Ray as a major influence on their album 'Parklife' and Ray was in renewed demand as a performer
Brothers Ray and Dave Davies, March 1996
Ray Davies of The Kinks appears in Virgin Megastore to promote copies of his book 'Waterloo Sunset', Sept 1997
Ray gives a rendition of Waterloo Sunset, at the HMV record store in London's Oxford Street as he promoted his album, 'To The Bone', a comprehensive selection of Kinks classics. March 1997
Songwriter Ray Davies, 59, from the band The Kinks stands with his daughter, Eva, age 7, after he received a CBE for services to music in the New Year Honours List, during an Investiture ceremony held at Buckingham Palace, March 2004
The Kinks pose with award at the Hall of Fame Awards at the Alexandra Palace, just a mile or two from where the band formed in North London. November 2005
Ray Davies in concert at the Roundhouse in London during the BBC Electric Proms. Oct 2007
Ray Davies sings Waterloo Sunset, one of The Kinks most renowned hits, on the south bank of the River Thames in the shadow of Waterloo Bridge central London, to promote his new album 'The Kinks Choral Collection'. June 2009
Sunny Afternoon, a musical based on Ray Davies's early life and featuring Kinks songs opened to critical acclaim at Hampstead Theatre. The musical moved to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End in October 2014.
Sunny Afternoon, the hit musical based on the music of The Kinks, won four Olivier Awards in 2015. Ray Davies triumphantly joined the show’s cast on stage for the encore the day after they picked up the awards.