The Kinks frontman Ray Davies has opened up about his recent knighthood in a new interview. Davies was knighted by Prince Charles earlier this week for his services to the arts.
Ray Davies has become something of a nation treasure over the last few years. His contributions to British music date all the way back to the early 1960s when he formed one of the greatest ever British rock bands – The Kinks.
Whenever a discussion arises about the greatest bands of all time, music critics are always quick to name artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stone, Led Zeppelin and The Who. One of the bands who are often overlooked are The Kinks, whom are regularly viewed as more of a band’s band.
Over the course of their illustrious career, The Kinks released an incredible 24 studio albums, obtained 14 Top 10 singles and received a number of prestigious music awards.
The band are most fondly remembered for their original guitar riffs and iconic distorted sound which can be best heard in songs such as ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘All Day and All of the Night’ and ‘Tired of Waiting For You’; however, the crux of The Kinks commercial success came from Ray Davies’ intricate songwriting.
In a time when many UK songwriters opted to forget their British roots and instead try and replicate a more American blues sound, Davies became well known for his commitment to British traditions and culture.
Davies has now been awarded a knighthood for his unique contribution to the arts. Speaking of his honour Davies told the Belfast Telegraph: “I think these things always kind of difficult for me take,” “I’m quite a loner person, so to be accepted to any part of society is good… I don’t know what I have to do for it, just keep on working, do good work.”