Pete Quaife: The original bass player for the British Invasion group the Kinks

Pete Quaife

By ROCKIN' ROBIN

Pete Quaife, the original bass player for the British Invasion group The Kinks, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, of kidney failure in Herlev, Denmark, according to British news reports. He was 66. According to writer Claire Noland of the Los Angeles Times, Quaife had moved to Denmark in 2005 after living in Canada for many years.

The Kinks were part of the first wave of mid-1960's British Invasion acts. The group first hit in late 1964 with "You Really Got Me," which reached #5 on the Cash Box pop chart. Three more top tenners came in 1965 with "All Day And All Of The Night" (#6), "Tired Of Waiting For You" (#5) and "A Well Respected Man" (#9). The group nearly had another top 10 hit in 1966, but "Sunny Afternoon" peaked at #11.

Like the Rolling Stones and Moody Blues, the Kinks would also have major hits in the 1970's and 1980's. Among them were "Lola," a #8 hit in 1970, "A Rock And Roll Fantasy" (#36, 1978) and "Come Dancing" (#11, 1983). Over the years, the Kinks had other top 40 hits with "Set Me Free" (#24, 1965), "Who'll Be The Next In Line" (#40, 1965), "Apeman" (#39, 1971) and "Don't Forget To Dance" (#34, 1983).

Dave Davies, the original leader of the Kinks, paid tribute to Quaife with this tribute on this web site: "Without Pete, there would have been no Kinks. He was a great musician. You could always trust his playing, creative input, intuitive response to musical ideas." Peter Quaife (L), Ray Davies (back), Mick Avory (R) and Dave Davies (front), photo taken in the 60sPeter Quaife (L), Ray Davies (back), Mick Avory (R) and Dave Davies (front), photo taken in the 60s