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Kevin Ayers (born 16 August 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent, England; died 18 February 2013 in Montolieu, France) was a British songwriter and musician from Kent, United Kingdom, who was one of a group of musicians who came together in Canterbury in the 1960s and developed a whole new approach to the , rock genre, known as the . His early work included works with artists like Daevid Allen, David Bedford and Mike Ratledge. Subsequently, Ayers wrote and recorded some of the wittiest and most poignant songs imaginable and produced more banana-related lyrics than anyone ever dreamed possible.

His first serious band was The Wilde Flowers (1964-1967) with Hugh Hopper, Robert Wyatt and Richard Sinclair. This early hippie group transformed into Soft Machine. While the Softs went on, others split to form Caravan and Gong. Ayers put together his own band Kevin Ayers & The Whole World featuring Lol Coxhill, David Bedford and a very young Mike Oldfield.

Ayers’ career was littered with great music and fine collaborations with more fine artists like Danny Thompson, John Cale, Nico, Brian Eno, Ollie Halsall and wizards of twiddly. With 18 albums to his credit Kevin Ayers was the Guru Banana

In 2007, Ayers recorded in a Glasgow studio with long-time admirers Teenage Fanclub, contributions came from Euros Childs from Gorkys Zygotic Mynci, Francis Reader from the trash can sinatras, Robert Wyatt provided his eerie Wyattron in the poignant Cold Shoulder.


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  • wishwanderer


    14 Mar 6:21pm Reply
  • avantish

    I wish I could have met this guy [2]

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • TriptheLight

    would recommend Chris Cohen he's a modern Ayers

    28 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Leinad-95

    I wish I could have met this guy

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    Town Feeling ♥ Kevin Ayers music really goes close to my heart with it's beautiful melodies, heartwarming lyrics and his wonderful voice.

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • avantish

    Such a tender and loving man he was. He has had the most profound effect on me these last few months and are already a lovely soundtrack to this beautiful summer we're having.. Drinking wine, having a good time and being in love. There's really not much more to life than that... Viva Banan!

    16 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Echos_Myron

    Really great musician and also just discovering him after his death.

    26 May 2014 Reply
  • EmperorLuddite

    girl on a swing

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • tryingyourlucky


    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • mahyar_nayab

    What a magnificent man!

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • KiwiFlash


    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • callback

    I am so gratified that people are listening to Kevin well after his untimely death. The man was a genius when he chose to turn on his talents.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bobgreen623

    Spent so much of my youth (pre-punk) getting stoned and listening to Kevin, those first few albums up to and including Whatevershebringswesing are still indispensable. much of what I listened to back then, but Kevin, along with Nick Drake, the Hatfields, Van der Graaf, Matching Mole and some others have always been with me. RIP you beautiful man

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • elscorcho5000

    Just found out, man, sad. The Unfairground was so great, too.

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Universs

    RIP Kevin you were one of the best in your generation.... beautiful mind ..... May I ???

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Susi_Bellamy

    Muy bueno, lastima que los buenos se vallan :(

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • rogerdil

    Nick Drake has 50 times the scrobbles because he's 50 times as good. J/k. KA's first three albums are sublime.

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Pen-Cap-Chew


    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    A little bizarre how many famed musicians are croaking in 2013.

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • GuilhermeBMotta

    Yeah, RIP

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
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