Dave Davies

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Dave Davies  (born 3 February 1947) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist.  He is best known as the lead guitarist and occasional lead vocalist for the English rock band The Kinks, which also featured his older brother Ray Davies.  In 2003, Davies was ranked 91st in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.  (More from Wikipedia)

Many of the songs in the English Freakbeat Series were by musicians that became famous in later bands or in other contexts.  The real attraction for the English Freakbeat, Volume 3 CD reissue though are three songs by a band called the Ravens; their bandleader Dave Davies and his younger brother Ray Davies were later in the Kinks, with Ray being the frontman and main songwriter for that stellar British Invasion group.  Ray Davies was supposedly not involved in the Ravens at all according to the band’s official history; however, the CD liner notes as well as the review by Allmusic notes that some of these songs bear Ray Davies’ stamp and might have been sung (if not written) by him. 


(March 2014/2)


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By then students at the University of Illinois – ChicagoRobert Homa and John Kowalski got another band together by advertising in the campus newspaper.  Guitarist Marc Swenson – a devotee of the lead guitarist of the Kinks, Dave Davies – was quickly added to the line-up.  A pretty blonde 20-year-old, Gloria Lambert also answered the ad, bringing her powerful, classically trained voice to the band Haymarket Square.  She had previously been in a folk music band called Jordan, Damian and Samantha.  
(June 2015)
Last edited: March 22, 2021