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David Russell Gordon “Dave” Davies (born 3 February 1947) is an English rock musician best known for his role as lead guitarist and vocalist for the English rock band The Kinks.
In 2003, Davies was ranked 88th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

Dave Davies was born at 6 Denmark Terrace, Fortis Green, London. He was born the last of eight children, including six older sisters and an older brother, later bandmate Ray Davies. As children, the Davies brothers were immersed in a world of different musical styles, from the music hall of their parents’ generation, to the jazz and early rock n’ roll that their older sisters listened to. The siblings developed a rivalry early on, with both brothers competing for their parents’ and sisters’ attention.
Davies grew up playing skiffle, but soon bought an electric guitar and started experimenting with rock. The Davies brothers and friend Pete Quaife jammed together in the front room of their house. Activities in the Davies household centred around this front room, culminating in large parties, where Davies’ parents would sing and play piano together. The front room and these parties were musically nurturing to the Davies brothers, later influencing The Kinks’ interpretations of the traditional British music hall style. Dave and his brother worked out the famous two-chord riff of their 1964 hit, “You Really Got Me”, on the piano in the front room.

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