|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||rock 60s classic rock oldies 70s pop hard rock british invasion 80s british england the kinks|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
3 February 1947, Muswell Hill, London, England. The younger brother of Ray Davies has for almost 40 years stood in the shadow of his talented brother. By Rays own admission, Dave is a highly underrated lead guitarist. Interestingly, while the elder Davies did not release a solo record until 1998, Dave had a UK number 3 hit with Death Of A Clown in 1967 and followed it with a Top 20 placing, Susannahs Still Alive. Both songs were lyrically strong with excellent melodies; the latter ranks with the best of the Kinks work; a clever tale of a frustrated spinster (the result of Daves first teenage love affair). In 1967, Dave set about recording a solo album, which did not see the light of day until almost 20 years later when parts were released as The Album That Never Was in 1988. He also released three disappointing guitar-laden albums in the 80s during one of the Kinks many hiatuses.