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Ray Davies

Raymond Douglas Davies (born June 21, 1944 in Muswell Hill, London) is the singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter with The Kinks, which he founded with his brother, Dave, in 1963. A versatile artist, he has also acted, directed and produced shows for the theatre and television.

Davies wrote a semi-fictional memoir called X-Ray and also a book of short stories entitled Waterloo Sunset.

He has released two albums under his own name, the 1985 release Return to Waterloo and in 1998 The Storyteller.

Davies is described as "openly manic-depressive".

On January 4 2004 Davies was wounded when he was shot in the leg while chasing thieves who had snatched the purse of his companion as they walked in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.

On March 17 2004, he collected a CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music."

On June 22 2004, Davies won the Mojo Songwriter award, beating Nick Drake, Paul Weller, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney in an all-British field of nominations. The Songwriter Award recognises "an artist whose career has been defined by their abillity to pen classic material on a consistent basis".