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Born on this day in 1944 is Kinks singer and songwriter Ray Davies. Davies was born the seventh of eight children in North London, England. His only younger brother, Dave, also joined formed the band with him. The Kinks went on to become one of the most important and influential artists to come out of the British Invasion in the late 1960’s. Some of the bands most well known songs include “You Really Got Me,” “Sunny Afternoon,” “Waterloo Sunset,” and “Lola.”
This week also marks the recording of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in 1969. This song introduced the character of Major Tom, who would later reappear in “Ashes to Ashes” and “Hallo Spaceboy.” The song was rushed to be finished in time for the 1969 Apollo 11 journey to the moon, and shot to #5 on the UK charts.
Yesterday also marked another important birth in music history. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys was born on June 20, 1942 in Inglewood, California. Through the band’s long history, Wilson has been their leader and head songwriter. The Beach Boys created one of the most beloved and creative albums of all time with Pet Sounds in 1966. Wilson’s project The Smile Sessions was also a landmark in his career, when it was finally released in 2011 after being in the works since 1966.
That’s this week in music history! Check back next week for another edition only on 88.9 WERS.