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Ray Davies

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February 21, 2014 - This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, Ray Davies joins host David Dye in the studio. Ray Davies was the lead singer and chief songwriter for The Kinks, one of the longest lived of The British Invasion bands. He penned hits like “Lola” and “You Really Got Me” with the group.
In 1996 The Kinks parted ways after a little more than three decades together, and Davies launched a solo career. Then in 2004, while in New Orleans, Davies was shot. His most recent project, an autobiographical book called Americana: The Kinks, The Riff, The Road, The Story began in the hospital during his recovery. He talks about the effect that incident had on him and looks back at his early days in America with The Kinks. Plus, Tony Joe White. He had a hit in 1969 with “Polk Salad Annie”, a song that Elvis later covered. He discusses the special bond he shared with The King, owing to their similar Southern childhoods. That and more this week on Conversations from the World Cafe!

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