Dave Davies Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Martha Martins
Jan 31, 2024 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Jun 13, 2022
Dave Davies was one of the first to use electric guitar distortion and was responsible for bringing the effect to the public's attention.
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About Dave Davies

David Russell Gordon Davies, popular with the stage name Dave Davies, is a celebrated guitarist and best known as the founding member of the rock band 'The Kinks'.

Though Dave took the subordinate role to his brother Ray Davies in the Kinks, his powerful guitar work and harsh but effective background vocals were key elements of the band's appeal. He occasionally wrote songs for the Kinks, which showed him to be a considerable writer of skill and wit.

Dave Davies started his music career in the '60s and created some of the outstanding rock songs of the 20th century. On The Kinks' first song, 'You Really Got Me,' Dave was fully accountable for the signature distorted power chord sound. He created this sound by slitting the speaker cone on an Elpico amplifier with a razor blade, then running it through a bigger Vox as a pre-amp. Other than that, this sound was one of the first widespread appearances of guitar distortion, and it influenced many later musicians, particularly in the metal and punk genres.

Dave Davies' Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Dave Davies' net worth?

Dave Davies has a net worth of $3.5 million which he amassed through his successful career as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

How much does Dave Davies earn per year?

The yearly earnings of Dave Davies are not known.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Dave Davies?

Dave Davies stands at a height of 5 ft 10 in (179 cm) tall.

How old is Dave Davies?

Dave Davies is 75 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

On February 3, 1947, Dave Davies was born in Muswell Hill, Fortis Green, North London, England, to father Fred Davies and mother, Annie Davies. He was the youngest of eight children, with six older sisters and one older brother, Ray Davies, who became his bandmate later in life. There are not many details available about his educational background.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Dave Davies' partner?

Dave Davies married Lisbet on April 18, 1967, and has four sons: Martin, Simon, Christian, and Russell Davies. However, the couple divorced on September 24, 1990. Besides, Dave has three more children named Daniel, Lana, and Eddie with his relationship with Nancy Evans. In addition, he has a daughter named Tracey with his high school sweetheart, Sue Sheehan.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Dave Davies began his career in 1963 when he and bassist Pete Quaife formed The Kinks. Shortly, his older brother Ray Davies joined the group, and the band released their first major hit, 'You Really Got Me', which brought him and his bandmates into the spotlight. Despite a few challenges that the band faced, they grew up steadily because of Ray's songwriting skills, and by the '60s, Ray was leading the Kinks.

In July 1967, Dave released his debut single as a solo artist titled 'Death Of A Clown'. The song performed very well and was ranked third on the UK Singles Chart. Subsequently, he released another follow-up single in November 1967 titled 'Susannah's Still Alive.' After that, his next singles, 'Hold My Hand', and 'Lincoln County', were a huge failure, so he did not record any further album.

However, in 2002, he released his first solo album, 'Bug' after 20 years. But unfortunately, he suffered from a heart stroke in 2004, and during the lengthy recovery phase, he used composing and painting as therapy. By 2006, Dave had recovered enough to talk, walk, and play guitar. The song, 'God In My Brain,' was inspired by the stroke and appeared in 2006's 'Kinked'. He then released his second album, 'Fractured Mindz', in 2007, and his third album, 'Two Worlds', in 2010.

His first autobiography, titled 'Kinked', was published in 1996, and his second autobiography, 'Living On A Thin Line', will be out in 2022.

What awards has Dave Davies won?

The Kinks won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998 for their song 'You Really Got Me'.

Dave Davies' Hobbies And Interests

The February-born Dave Davies has played several guitars, the most notable ones being the Gibson Flying V electric guitar. He has also played the Gibson Les Pauls, including the Goldtop model and black '78 model.

Other Interesting Dave Davies Facts And Trivia

  • Dave Davies and three other original members of The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • 'Rolling Stone' Magazine listed Dave at number 91 in the '100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time' in 2003.
  • Dave Davies and Russ Davies, two musicians from different eras and backgrounds in music, came up with a collaborative venture titled 'Open Road'.

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Dave Davies Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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English Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter

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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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