Friday, April 8, 2011

Lineup Changes in the Kinks

Brothers Ray (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) and Dave (lead guitar and vocals) Davies formed the group in North London's Muswell Hill area.  Bassist Pete Quaife and drummer Mick Avory completed the lineup in 1964.  The group was known as the Pete Quaife Band, the Bo Weevils, the Ramrods and the Ravens before settling on the Kinks.

In 1969, John Dalton (Bluejacks and Mark Four) took over for Quaife on bass.  Dalton had been a temporary replacement in 1966 when Quaife broke his leg and was with the group through 1978 when Jim Rodford (Bluetones, Mike Cotton Sound and a founding member of Argent with his cousin Rod Argent) joined.  Drummer Bob Henrit (Buster Meikle & The Day Breakers, the Roulettes, Unit 4 + 2 ("Conrete and Clay") and Argent) was brought in to replace Avory in 1984.  The group was relatively stable through 1996 except for keyboards, where a number of players were part of the lineup.  Andy Pyle (Blodwyn Pig and Savoy Brown) started in 1977.  He was with the group a short time, replaced by Gordon John Edwards (Pretty Things).  But Edwards left in 1978 and was replaced by Ian Gibbons (Moonstone, Love Affair, the Nashville Teens).  Gibbons stayed for eight years and was replaced by Mark Haley until the breakup of the Kinks in 1996.

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