Tune into "Dark Side of the Highway" this Sunday (June 27) from 1-6 AM for a special memorial tribute to bassist Pete Quaife of The Kinks...
He was born Peter Alexander Greenlaw Quaife in Tavistock, Devon, England on December 31, 1943. After a brief period studying commercial art, Quaife formed The Kinks in 1962 along with school friend Dave Daviesand subsequently asked Dave's brother Ray Davies to join. The band was originally called the (Golden) Ravens and performed rhythm and blues at local venues such as the Hornsey Recreation Club at Crouch End Secondary School. The 'Kinks' name came about only upon the signing of a recording contact in late 1963. The Kinks became a top act throughout the world beginning with their third single, 1964's "You Really Got Me. Their other hits of the period included "All Day and All of the Nite", "A Well Respected Man", "Tired of Waiting for You", and "A Sunny Afternoon" Quaife was commonly the voice of the band in early press interviews. He was temporarily replaced in the Kinks in mid 1966 by John Dalton, after a serious car crash left him unable to perform. He resigned from the band shortly thereafter, but reconsidered and returned in November 1966. For the next two years Quaife played on albums such as Something Else by the Kinks and The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, and helped rehearse some songs on the album Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of The Western Empire). Quaife left The Kinks permanently in April 1969. He was again replaced on bass, this time permanently, by Dalton. In the the early 70's Quaife formed the short lived country rock band Mapleoak (they only released one album in 1971) and spent the 1980's onward living in Ontario, Canada and working as a graphic artist and author. He died in Herlev, Denmark on June 24, 2010 at the age of 66.