pete quaife Original Kinks Bassist Dead At 66

Pete Quaife, the original bassist for the British band [lastfm]Kinks[/lastfm], has died from unknown causes.  Pete played with the band since its formation in 1961 until leaving the band in 1969.  Read more about Pete’s legacy with the Kinks.

The exact cause of Pete Quaife‘s death is unknown, but the musician had been undergoing kidney dialysis for more than a decade.  He played on all the early hits from the UK band the [lastfm]Kinks[/lastfm] including “You Really Got Me,” “All Day and All of the Night,” “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” and “Waterloo Sunset,” which he also sings backing vocals.

He joined the early formation of the group in 1961 with Ray Davis and younger brother Dave. They hooked up with producer Shel Talmy in 1963 who later got them signed to Pyre Records and released their third single “You Really Got Me,” which became a huge hit worldwide and exploded the [lastfm]Kinks[/lastfm] as one of the biggest UK rockers. 

Performing with the group for nearly a decade, Pete left the band in 1969 because of constant infighting saying, “The Kinks put on a happy façade to the outside world. Behind closed doors it was like the WWF. We hurt ourselves with the constant scraping.”

After a short stint with his new country band The Maple Oak, Pete moved on from music and took up a new career as a graphic artist in the 1980s.  He later rejoined the [lastfm]Kinks[/lastfm] on stage for the performance at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, being his last performance with the band.

Watch some Kinks classics below and remember another fallen musician. 

“Waterloo Sunset”

“You Really Got Me”

[Source: Rolling Stone]


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