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Kevin Ayers & The Whole World

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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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  • Flight123

    Heaven on Earth, he'll get there soon!

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • crownanchor

    RIP KEVIN......TILL WE MEET AGAIN SOMETIME UNDER THE PSYCHEDELIC SKY:(:(

    21 Feb 2013 Reply

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