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Kevin Ayers

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Kevin Ayers was a British songwriter, musician from Kent, United Kingdom, who was one of a group of musicians who came together in Canterbury in the 1960’s 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. Since then Kevin Ayers wrote and recorded some of the wittiest and most poignant songs imaginable and produced more banana related lyrics than anyone ever dreamed possible.

The 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. Phil Manzanera contributed to the brooding Brainstorm, Hugh Hopper from Soft Machine played bass on the title track Unfairground and Bridget St.

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  • TriptheLight

    would recommend Chris Cohen he's a modern Ayers

    28 Sep 10:29pm Reply
  • Leinad-95

    I wish I could have met this guy

    8 Sep 10:54pm Reply
  • inproximity

    'May I sit and stare at you for a while? I'd like the company of your smile'

    24 Jul 8:19pm 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 11:44am 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 8:02pm Reply
  • Echos_Myron

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

    26 May 12:35pm Reply
  • EmperorLuddite

    girl on a swing

    1 Mar 9:55pm Reply
  • tryingyourlucky

    <3

    15 Feb 6:45pm Reply
  • mahyar_nayab

    What a magnificent man!

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • KiwiFlash

    HOW COME I NEVER FIND OUT WHEN MUSICIANS I LIKE DIE UNTIL HALF A YEAR LATER

    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

    banana

    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
  • Trek47

    So sad when I discovered he'd gone.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
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