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Ray Davies Knighted, Writing New Kinks Songs With Dave Davies

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The Kinks’ Ray Davies has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Royal honors are awarded twice yearly — on the Queen’s official birthday and at the New Year. Davies told the BBC that he was surprised by the honor, saying, “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”

The date for Davies’ investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace has yet to be announced. The Kinks’ songwriter joins a long list of rock artists who have been knighted by the Queen, including Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, and British music legend Cliff Richard.

In an exclusive new interview Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, he revealed that he and brother Ray Davies have been collaborating on new material and demoing songs for a future Kinks project. The Kinks’ last original album was 1993’s Phobia. The band — featuring only the Davies brothers from the original line-up — officially disbanded in 1996.

Dave shed light on the latest string of Kinks activity: “This past year, on and off, we’ve been working on a few songs — together. So, that’s nice. But then he started working on some old outtakes — Kinks stuff — and trying to add some little touches to those. . . and we’re trying to work on something, but I can’t really see where it’s going to end up. I don’t know. It’s just something we can do it together (sic).”
Original Kinks bassist Pete Quaife died in 2010, leaving Ray and Dave Davies, and drummer Mick Avory the band’s sole-surviving members.

In 1999 the original foursome took part in some studio sessions for a planned comeback, but none of the songs have been released to date.

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