The Talented Ray Davies Part Three
Davies “Other People’s Lives” tour Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC 2006
In 1981, Davies collaborated with Barrie Keeffe to write his first stage musical, Chorus Girls, which opened at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, starring Marc Sinden and also had a supporting cast of Michael Elphick, Anita Dobson, Kate Williams and Charlotte Cornwell. Directed by Adrian Shergold, the choreography was by Charles Augins and Jim Rodford played bass with the theatre’s “house band”.
Davies wrote songs for a musical version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days; the show, 80 Days, had a book by playwright Snoo Wilson. It was directed by Des McAnuff and ran at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre in San Diego from 23 August to 9 October 1988. The musical received mixed responses from the critics. Davies’ multi-faceted music, McAnuff’s directing, and the acting, however, were well received, with the show winning the “Best Musical” award from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle.
Davies’ musical Come Dancing, based partly on his 1983 hit single with twenty new songs, ran at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, London in September–November 2008.
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. The musical won four awards at the 2015 Olivier Awards, including one for Ray Davies: the Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music .
* In 1990, Davies and the Kinks were the third British band (along with the Who) to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at which Davies was called “almost indisputably rock’s most literate, witty and insightful songwriter.”
* In 1999, “You Really Got Me” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
* On 17 March 2004, Davies received the CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for “Services to Music.”
* On 22 June 2004, Davies won the Mojo Songwriter Award, which recognises “an artist whose career has been defined by his ability to pen classic material on a consistent basis.”
* Davies was also a judge for the third annual Independent Music Awards. His contributions helped assist upcoming independent artists’ careers.
* In 2005, The Kinks were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
* On 3 October 2006, Davies was awarded the BMI Icon Award for his “enduring influence on generations of music makers” at the 2006 annual BMI London Awards.
* On 15 February 2009, The Mobius Best Off-West End Production in the UK for the musical Come Dancing.
* On 7 September 2010, Davies was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.
* On 26 October 2010, Davies was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at his AVO Session concert in Basel; the concert was televised internationally.
* On 12 June 2014, Davies was inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame.
* On 12 April 2015, Davies won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Achievement for his West End musical “Sunny Afternoon,” which garnered 3 additional Olivier’s.
* Davies was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the arts.
Ray Davies has been married three times and has four daughters. Two of them, Louisa Davies and Victoria Davies, are from his first marriage to Rasa Dicpetris. Ray Davies’ second marriage was to Yvonne Gunner. The couple had no children. Davies had a relationship with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders during the 1980s, and their daughter is named Natalie Rae Hynde. His third marriage was to Irish ballet dancer Patricia Crosbie. The union produced one daughter Eva Davies.
Davies has had a tempestuous relationship with younger brother Dave (the band’s lead guitarist) that dominated the Kinks’ career as a band.
In 1973, Davies attempted suicide by overdose following the breakup of his first marriage. He was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
On 4 January 2004, Davies was shot in the leg while chasing thieves who had snatched the purse of his companion as they walked in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
In 2011 Davies was “grounded” for six months following discovery of blood clots in his lungs.
* Return to Waterloo (1985)
* The Storyteller (1998) (UK No. 105)
* Other People’s Lives (2006) (UK No. 36, US No. 122)
* Working Man’s Café (2007) (UK No. 179, US No. 140)
* Americana (2017) (UK No. 15, US No. 79)
* The Kinks Choral Collection (2009) (UK No. 28) (with the Crouch End Festival Chorus)
* See My Friends (2010) (UK No. 12) (with various artists)
* Collected (2009)
* Waterloo Sunset — The Very Best of The Kinks and Ray Davies (2012) (UK No. 14)
Chart singles written by Davies The following is a list of Davies compositions that were chart hits for artists other than The Kinks.
UK Singles Chart
US Hot 100
“This Strange Effect”
“Something Better Beginning”
“A House in the Country”
The Pretty Things
“You Really Got Me”
“Stop Your Sobbing”
“I Go To Sleep”
“All Day and All of the Night”
“The Village Green Preservation Society”