A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a founding member of The Kinks, D…
Written by megarock on February 4, 2018
A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a founding member of The Kinks, Dave Davies is celebrating his 71st birthday today.
Dave was came up with the signature distorted power chord sound on The Kinks’ first hit, “You Really Got Me”. He achieved the sound by slitting the speaker cone on his Elpico amplifier, which he then ran through a larger Vox as a “pre-amp”. This sound was one of the first mainstream appearances of guitar distortion, which was to have a major influence on many later musicians, especially in heavy metal and punk rock. He has played a number of guitars over time, the most recognizable of which is his Gibson Flying V. Davies bought it in 1965, and soon began appearing live and on TV performances with it. Dave was one of the few guitarists who played Flying Vs at the time. The guitar wasn’t being made anymore when he got it. According to Dave: “I used to play a Guild custom built guitar and the airline lost it on our first American tour in ’64 or ’65. … I had to get a replacement quick. I went into a store and they didn’t have anything I liked. I saw this dusty old guitar case and I said ‘What have you got in there?’ he said ‘Oh, that’s just some silly old guitar.’ He got it out and I bought it for about $60.
Guitarists like Lonnie Mack, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King and Davies himself helped stir interest in the instrument, and it would eventually become one of the signature guitars of the heavy metal era.
Besides his work with The Kinks, Dave has released solo records and has written a book.
There are rumors going around of a Kinks reunion, but with the history between the Davies brothers……. We would love to see it.
To celebrate his birthday, what song by The Kinks would be your preference?
Happy Birthday Dave!!!