Happy Birthday to Kinks co-founder and main songwriter Ray Davies who turns 68-years-old today (June 21st)!!! In 2010 Davies released his star-studded album of duets featuring over a dozen remakes of his Kinks classics, called See My Friends - Ray Davies & Special Guests.
Highlights on the set include his re-recording with Bruce Springsteen of the 1981 Give The People What They Want track "Better Things," and the Kinks' 1964 breakthrough hit "You Really Got Me" with Metallica. Also joining Davies on the album are Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora on "Celluloid Heroes," Jackson Browne on "Waterloo Sunset," Billy Corgan for a medley of "All Day And All Of The Night/Destroyer," and the late Alex Chilton -- in his final studio recording -- tackling "'Til The End Of The Day."
In 2011, it was announced that Davies and Kinks drummer Mick Avory were busy compiling a new Kinks album, which may feature the first new music from the band in 18 years. So far, no release date has been announced.
Davies, who wrote such legendary Kinks classics as "You Really Got Me," "Waterloo Sunset," "Come Dancing," "Lola," "Sunny Afternoon," "All Day And All Of The Night," "Celluloid Heroes" and many more, insists that songwriting is just as mysterious to him today as it was when he started: "There are no rules to songwriting, and I'd like to think it gets easier because I know more, but the more one does, the more you realize how limitless it is, y'know? There's so many different ways of writing things. There are no hard-and-fast rules, and it doesn't get any easier. It does get a little trickier the more you know. You think you know what you're doing -- actually, you don't know what you're doing."