John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty ImagesCall him Sir Ray now. Founding Kinks frontman Ray Davies was knighted Thursday by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in London, The Daily Mail reports. The 72-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was recognized for his contributions to music.
Speaking after the ceremony, Davies noted, “It lasted three minutes and it went very well and I said goodbye and went home.” He also said that receiving the honor was an emotional experience for him, including the classical music that was played during the ceremony. “It’s quite moving with the music and the theatrics,” Ray maintained. “I listen to this kind of music often.”
Davies said of the honor, “I hope it inspires people to do the work. I kept on working, regardless.”
Wednesday, Ray told ITV News that he was accepting his knighthood mainly on behalf of faithful Kinks fans. “We were banned in America for four years [during the 1960s] and fans stayed by us in those days. And it’s an acknowledgement more than anything else to those people,” he said.
Ray’s brother and longtime Kinks band mate Dave Davies recently spoke with ABC Radio regarding how he felt about his sibling being knighted. “It’s nice,” he declared, then quipped, “I don’t know why they didn’t offer me one.”
Dave added, “I’m very excited for Ray getting that knighthood. And why not, for God’s sake? All the work that The Kinks produced…over the years. I mean, it should be recognized in a proper way.”
Meanwhile, Ray, who plans to release two albums this year inspired by his 2013 memoir, Americana, tells the Press Association he’s also working on a new musical about “siblings” that was “partially” inspired by his notoriously contentious relationship with Dave.
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