Happy birthday to Ray Davies

To call Ray Davies one of Rock and Roll’s greatest songwriters would be too limiting. His talent for melody and lyricism eclipses both time and genre, with songs that would be equally at home in a Pre-Rock Beer Hall or theatrical production, as they are in modern stadiums and clubs. Songs like Waterloo Sunset, Village Green Society, Victoria, Days, etc, with their love and longing for home and cultural history, are as good as any popular songs ever written, transporting the listener to a degree equaled by very few. And when he wanted to address irritations or social issues, he had a rapier wit that was every bit the match of wistful romanticism.

As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise







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