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Raymond Douglas Davies, CBE (born June 21, 1944 in Muswell Hill, London) is an influential English rock musician, best known as lead singer-songwriter for The Kinks - one of the most influential, prolific and long-lived British Invasion bands - which he led with his younger brother, Dave. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television.
Davies was born and raised in the North London area of Muswell Hill. He is the seventh of eight children and has six older sisters - Renee, Rosie, Dolly, Joyce, Peggy, and Gwendolyn. He has been married three times, and has four daughters.
The musically inclined Davies was an art school student in London in 1962â€“1963, when the Kinks developed into a professional performing band. Davies began writing songs at this time. After the Kinks obtained a recording contract in early 1964, Davies emerged as the chief songwriter and de facto leader of the band, especially after the band's breakthrough success of his composition You Really Got Me. Between 1966 and 1976, Davies led the Kinks through a period of musical experimentation, with notable artistic achievements and commercial success. ...