Ray Davies

As chief songwriter and vocalist for the Kinks, Ray Davies wielded considerable influence over a generation of musicians who drew inspiration from his early bursts of youthful exuberance like "You Really Got Me" and ... Read more »
Born: 06/21/1944 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Music (83)

Love, Rosie 2015 (Movie)

("Push It") (Song)

Magic Mike XXL 2015 (Movie)

("Move That Dope") (Song)

Minions 2015 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

("All Day And All Of The Night") (Song)

Project X 2012 (Movie)

("Push It") (Song)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 2012 (Movie)

("Bopology") (Song Performer)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 2012 (Movie)

("Bopology") (Song)

The Campaign 2012 (Movie)

("Push It") (Song)

Beastly 2011 (Movie)

("All Day And All Of The Night") (Song)

Something Borrowed 2011 (Movie)

("Push It") (Song)

Grown Ups 2010 (Movie)

("Better Things") (Song)

Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 (Movie)

("Push It") (Song)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 2009 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song)

Amelia 2009 (Movie)

("Sheer Cool") (Song Performer)

Amelia 2009 (Movie)

("Sheer Cool") (Song)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Performer

Chaos Theory 2008 (Movie)

("Better Things") (Song)

JCVD 2008 (Movie)

("I'm Not Like Everybody Else") (Song)

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

("Father Christmas") (Song)

The Bank Job 2008 (Movie)

("Lola") (Song)

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

("The Tourist") (Song Performer)

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

("The Tourist") (Song)

Hot Fuzz 2007 (Movie)

("Village Green Preservation Society") (Song)

Juno 2007 (Movie)

("A Well Respected Man") (Song)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

("Sentimental Portrait") (Song)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

("Sentimental Portrait") (Song Performer)

Make it Happen 2007 (Movie)

("Push It") (Song)

Reign Over Me 2007 (Movie)

"Stop Your Sobbin'" (Song)

The Darjeeling Limited 2007 (Movie)

("This Time Tomorrow") (Song)

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

("Sitting by the Riverside") (Song)

Click 2006 (Movie)

("Do It Again") (Song)

Nearing Grace 2006 (Movie)

("Sleepwalker") (Song)

School for Scoundrels 2006 (Movie)

("Set Me Free") (Song)

Unaccompanied Minors 2006 (Movie)

("Father Christmas") (Song)

Broken Flowers 2005 (Movie)

("Tell Me Now So I Know") (Song)

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo 2005 (Movie)

("Better Things") (Song)

Piece of My Heart 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Song

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

("Push It") (Song)

Soul Plane 2004 (Movie)

("Push It") (Song)

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 (Movie)

("Better Things") (Song)

Shanghai Knights 2003 (Movie)

("All Day And All Of The Night") (Song)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song)

The New Guy 2002 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song)

The Bubble Boy 2001 (Movie)

song arranger("Bridal March Parish Church Organ") (Song)

When Brendan Met Trudy 2001 (Movie)

("The Cascade Waltz") (Music)

Ordinary Decent Criminal 2000 (Movie)

("Bluer than the Blues") (Song)

Steal This Movie 2000 (Movie)

songs("At the Fair" "On Parade") (Song)

The Crew 2000 (Movie)

("Solemn Occasion") (Song)

Happy, Texas 1999 (Movie)

("Back Beat Boogie") (Song)

Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

("Around the Town") (Song Performer)

Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Hilary and Jackie 1998 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song)

L.A. Without a Map 1998 (Movie)

("All Day and All of the Night") (Song)

Mafia! 1998 (Movie)

("Joy of Living") (Song Performer)

Mafia! 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

("Nothin' in this World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'bout that Girl") (Song)

The Newton Boys 1998 (Movie)

("Spanish Nights") (Song)

Suburbia 1997 (Movie)

("I'm Not Like Everybody Else") (Song)

All Men Are Liars 1995 (Movie)

("All Day and All of the Night") (Song)

Dumb & Dumber 1994 (Movie)

("Whiney Whiney (Things That Make Me Crazy)") (Song)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song)

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

lyrics("You Really Got Me") (Theme Lyrics)

Flashback 1990 (Movie)

("The Last of the Steam Powered Trains") (Song)

Flying Blind 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song

She's Out Of Control 1989 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song)

Permanent Record 1988 (Movie)

("All Day and All of the Night") (Song)

Absolute Beginners 1986 (Movie)

("Quiet Life") (Song Performer)

Absolute Beginners 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

Link 1986 (Movie)

("Apeman") (Song)

Nothing in Common 1986 (Movie)

("Don't Forget to Dance") (Song)

Return to Waterloo 1985 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Return to Waterloo 1985 (Movie)

(Performer)

Night Shift 1982 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song)

Die Heartbreakers 1981 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song)

Over the Edge 1979 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song)

Betty Blokk-Buster Follies 1975 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Percy 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Session Man (TV Show)

Song

Snow in August (TV Show)

Song

The Two Mr. Kissels (TV Show)

Song
Actor (7)

Glastonbury 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Storytellers 1996 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Hedd Wyn 1994 (Movie)

Battleground Medical Officer (Actor)

The 3rd Annual International Rock Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Absolute Beginners 1986 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)
Writer (4)

VH1 Storytellers: Cee Lo Green 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Creator

VH1 Storytellers: Death Cab for Cutie 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Creator

VH1 Storytellers: Christina Aguilera 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Creator

Return to Waterloo 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

The Promised Land 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

Return to Waterloo 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

As chief songwriter and vocalist for the Kinks, Ray Davies wielded considerable influence over a generation of musicians who drew inspiration from his early bursts of youthful exuberance like "You Really Got Me" and "Lola," as well as his later, more wistful tributes to times gone by, including "Celluloid Heroes" and "Come Dancing. " Though the Kinks never reached the heights of fame as contemporaries like the Beatles or Stones, fans held up Davies' wry, literate songs as some of the best English pop and rock of the postwar era. Following their initial success in the early '60s, the Kinks hit their artistic stride at the end of the decade with The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), a lovely reminiscence of English country life as it faded into the past. Davies would follow this success with a string of highly theatrical albums before returning to the three-chord rock of the Kinks' early days for a string of '80s hits like "Catch Me Now I'm Falling" before long-simmering tensions between Davies and his brother and bandmate spurred the Kinks to call it quits in 1995. Davies then embarked on a well-regarded solo career that included reworkings of his past catalog on The Kinks Choral Collection (2009) and See My Friends (2011). Throughout the course of his career, Davies' best work influenced virtually all music movements, making him one of the most invaluable figures in the history of the medium.

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