EXPIRED: 06/24/10 – Pete Quiafe, 66, was as responsible for driving the British invasion as just about anyone. As the original bassist for the Kinks, his forceful backbone to songs like “You Really Got Me” and “All Day And All Of The Night” informed so much of early Brit rock and influenced scores of bassists who came afterwards.
In fact, the Kinks was originally Quaife’s band!
After studying art in college, Quaife formed a band in 1962 with school mates Mick Avory on drums and guitarist Dave Davies (Dave’s brother Ray didn’t join til later). They played rhythym and blues and called themselves the Ravens, only changing to the Kinks when they got a record contract a year later.
In 1966 a pretty bad car crash left him unable to perform and Quaife temporarily quit the band, to be replaced by John Dalton. But when he returned, his role as leader of the band had been permanently been taken over by Ray Davies, and the brother’s infighting was worsening. The next two years produced some great, but commercially troubling, times for the Kinks, and Quaife left the band for good in 1969, once again replaced by John Dalton.
He started a country rock band called MapleOak, and released a single called “Son of a Gun” in 1970. When it failed to connect, Quiafe quit the band before the self-titled debut album could be released.
That was it.
Quaife quit the music industry for good. He moved to Denmark and went back into his original field of choice – art.
Then in 1980, he relocated to Canada to work as a graphic artist. A year later he surprised Kinks fans by showing up onstage for an encore at a Kink’s Toronto show. Then, in 1990, along with the original Kinks, Quaife was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. He jammed with them one last time.
Quaife was diagnosed with renal failure in 1998 and has been undergoing dialysis for more than two decades. He moved back to Denmark in 2005, the same year he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame along with the rest of the Kinks.
In 2007, Ray Davies was as saying, “I spoke to Quaife about a month ago and he dearly wants to make another record with me”. A year later, in an interview aired on the Biography Channel, Quaife flatly said he would never participate in any type of Kinks reunion. Shortly thereafter, he retired from the public eye for good.
I guess time doesn’t heal all wounds. Especially if you were in the Kinks.